ESSEX police have advised they are to cut the number of police dogs on the beat across the county. A spokesperson on the Essex police website said, “The number of dogs will be reduced from an establishment of 52 to 40. The dog section will continue to attend and provide their outstanding services at incidents and assist with searches. The officers transferred from the section will be redeployed to other local operational duties.”
A DELEGATION of Chinese Government officials and businesses visited Harlow and the Enterprise Zone at London Road yesterday (6 December 2013) as part of exploring business opportunities in the UK. A group, which was made up of officials from Jiangsu province, together with representatives from businesses and Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation International Co., Ltd, are in the country on a two week visit.
HARLOW COUNCIL have gone to the courts to once again apply for an eviction notice against a group of travellers who have pitched on land. As reported on Wednesday, the group of ten caravans have settled on a field opposite St Marks school in Tripton Road in Harlow.
THIS letter reiterates those concerns over the impact changes could have on Old Harlow residents and their children. Having read your consultation document, I notice that you have reviewed the usage of the centre and the difference between registrations and footfall. Old Harlow faces considerable growth over the next few years, with 1100 properties approved for Gilden Way, and the continued development of New Hall.
HARLOW COUNCIL has served an eviction notice on gypsy travellers who have made camp on a patch of land opposite St Marks school. The travellers appeared on Wednesday afternoon on the Tripton Road green.
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon was today praised by the Chancellor, George Osborne, for his campaign to keep fuel duty down, as he revealed in the Autumn Statement that next year’s planned fuel duty increase will be cancelled. This follows the positive action from the Conservative-led Coalition that has already taken place, including cancelling the last Government’s fuel duty escalator, cutting fuel duty by 1p in 2011, and continuing to freeze fuel duty every year they have been in Government.
POPULAR East Ham MP, Stephen Timms came to Harlow to join Labour activists to hear what the issues were on the doorstep. YH asked Mr Timms what issues had come up in his own constituency and across Essex.
LABOUR’S general election candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride has said the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is already a shambles before it has even been delivered. Ms Stride said: “After last year’s Budget, George Osborne was forced into chaotic U-turns on the pasty tax, the caravan tax and the charities tax.
LAST WEEK, YH exclusively revealed that the new £2.8 million ward in the grounds of Princess Alexandra hospital was being built without planning permission.
At the time, council boss Mark Wilkinson told us that such applications “were not unusual”.
“Harlow Labour Party are committed to delivering fairness and equality for the community with active local Candidates who will represent their community’s views. Having spoken to thousands of people on the doorstep, week in week out throughout the year, they know what the people of Harlow want and expect from their elected representatives.
COMMUNITIES MINISTER, Brandon Lewis joined Harlow MP, Robert Halfon in a meeting with top personnel from Essex Fire and Rescue Service. The meeting appeared cordial and constructive and seemed less directed at the current industrial dispute and more focussed on the general condition of the fire service across the county.
MANY HARLOW residents had a one-to-one with a number of cheerful Welshmen from Solar Windows Limited last week. They were cheerful because they had just started a two year contract to replace a large number of windows in the council houses of Harlow.
A NEW report shows Essex tourism contributed £2.9 billion to the Essex economy in the year that saw the county host the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park. Initial findings from the Economic Impact of Tourism 2012 report, due to be published by Tourism South East early next year, show that the overall value of Essex tourism was up by £65 million compared to 2011. The number of trips taken in the county increased by 891,737 and tourism-related jobs rose by 1,252.
RESIDENTS are being severely let down by Harlow Labour who have increased their Council Tax and failed to show leadership on regeneration, the future of community services and housing claim the Harlow Tories. Conservative candidates have been out on the doorstep listening to local residents and it is clear that the majority agree with our plans to freeze Council Tax and safeguard community services. Labour lack a clear vision for Harlow’s future which is threatening investment and regeneration of some the town’s most deprived areas.
ONLY 4 out of 39 Harlow Councillors have turned up to all the meetings they should have. The total bill to the Harlow taxpayer for councillor allowances is over £200,000 a year. The councillor with the lowest attendance is Bush Fair councillor, Daniella Pritchard (Lab) who has only attended 15% of meetings. These include council, cabinet and a number of committees.
PLANS for a new M11 junction have gone on display around the town and have received mixed reviews. Director of the Harlow Chamber of Commerce, Ian Hudson spoke to BBC Essex on Tuesday morning.
WE ARE not in the habit of interviewing chief executives in car parks but on this occasion it makes perfect sense. Andrew Bramidge is the newly appointed chief executive of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.
HARLOW Council is to roll out a brand new food waste recycling collection service for flat blocks to help divert food waste going to landfill. The roll-out of the new scheme will be conducted in two phases, with the first collections beginning this Friday December 6th and the second phase due to begin next Spring.
FOLLOWING on from our report that the centre was facing potential closure after coming under consultation by Essex County Council, a petition set up by Harlow MP Robert Halfon to save the Maple Respite Centre has received over 750 signatures.
LIST of meetings to be held at Essex County Council over the next two weeks. Full council will be on Tuesday December 10th at 10am.
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon visited Edinburgh Way Tesco on Saturday to give thanks to Harlow Foodbank volunteers who were out in force collecting food donations from kind Harlow shoppers.
Foodbank was being given strong support by Tesco which has also set up its own schemes to help those in need.
Mr Halfon said, “I was delighted to support the Harlow Foodbank. It is an amazing organisation and I have worked there as a volunteer to try and understand the work they do.
SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, recently visited All Ability Athletics and Multi-Sport, which is a program in Harlow which provides sporting opportunities for young and old alike. The program is consistent in its delivery to provide its participants the opportunity to develop their sporting interest, from inclusion right the way through to International recognition.
IN the course of the statement made by the Home Secretary on immigration in House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Halfon asked Home Secretary Theresa May: “My Harlow residents will welcome the measures announced by my right hon. Friend because they are entirely fair, but will not many hard-working immigrants who do not claim handouts from the British taxpayer welcome them as well, because they create a level playing field?”
THE global restructuring in industries such as pharmaceuticals has seen a shift of the R & D facilities overseas by many multinationals, creating an exciting opportunity for Harlow to complement the expanding life sciences and healthcare clusters of London and Cambridge.