Cuts at the kennels: Police dog numbers reduced

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.”

Chinese delegation on visit to Enterprise Zone

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.

Old Harlow Tory makes plea for children’s centre

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.

Chancellor cancels fuel duty increase, and calls Halfon a “Champion of the People”.

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.

Harlow Labour Party announce candidates for the 2014 District Elections.

“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.

Fire Minister meets top brass at Harlow Fire Station

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.

Tourism brings £2.9 billion to Essex economy

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.

Harlow Conservatives announce candidates for 2014 local elections

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.

Is your Harlow councillor actually turning up to meetings?

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.

Harlow council begin new food waste recycling service

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.

MP visits Tesco Foodbank collection

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 praises the work of All Ability Sport & Leisure

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.

Halfon supports new immigration controls

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?”

One Nucleus joins forces with Harlow Council

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.