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PLANNERS, designers and developers have reacted with dismay to the government’s decision to push through an expansion of permitted development rights allowing the conversion of high street properties to houses despite vocal opposition reports Housing Today The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) described the move as…

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THE councillor in charge of Housing has given a detailed description of the pressures on Harlow Council due to other council’s placing their residents in the town. Cllr Mark Wilkinson was responding to a question from Harlow resident, Kay Morrison. Ms Morrison is also the…

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THE MP for Harlow rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question on apprenticeships. Robert Halfon said: “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 102 of the Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth White Paper, published in…

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ESSEX County Council is dedicating £500,000 to fund a new Safety Advisory Group which aims to explore the issue of public safety in Essex. The group will look to talk to partners, residents and council officials to ensure everyone is working together to tackle safety…

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RECENT figures released by the Harlow Conservatives have shown Harlow Council to be the worst in Essex at paying out business grants. The Council has been issued with a stark warning about the grant payments by Essex Council. Harlow’s Labour-run council has been told that…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has paid tribute to the former chair of Harlow Council Tony Hall, who has p[assed away. Mr Halfon said: “I am so very sad to hear that former Harlow Conservative Councillor Tony Hall has passed away. When I was selected as…

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WATERHOUSE Moor residents have launched a petition in response to growing concerns regarding speeding motorists. A number of the roads have been described as notorious rat runs and it looks like things are getting worse. The road runs in between Tendring Road and Tripton Road.…

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ISN’T the sale of Council Houses a policy forced on local councils by Conservative Government policy? If so then Councils are dammed if they build and dammed if they don’t. More quality houses to rent and many more truly affordable houses to buy are desperately needed:…

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AN inquiry should be set up to look into allegations of a “rape culture” at a number of independent schools, a senior MP has said. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Robert Halfon said that what has allegedly been happening at some of the country’s most…

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HARLOW is set to “lead to the way” towards revolutionising how people travel in the UK– thanks to £170 million of Government funding to transform the town’s transport infrastructure. Essex County Council’s (ECC) cabinet has approved an agreement with Hertfordshire County Council to unlock more…

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HARLOW’S ruling Labour group demonstrated once again that it dismisses any form of criticism, even when a report it commissions is critical of its performance. The report recommended 20 actions the Council need to take if the failures in the past are not to be…

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A SENIOR Conservative councillor has slammed Harlow Council after they were the subject of a number of criticisms in a report on their council housing building programme. The report was discussed at a fiery meeting on Thursday night. You can follow the item on the…

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A WARD Councillor for Bush Fair is encouraging residents to sign a petition demanding Conservative controlled Essex County Council takes immediate action to repair the road surface in Hookfield. Councillor Ingall wrote a letter of complaint to the Chief Executive of Essex County Council two…

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A PLANNING application for five new homes in Stackfield has been submitted to Harlow Council. The application is for the erection of five new terraced houses on a former garage site. The houses comprise of two storeys and large rear amenity space at ground floor…

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ON THURSDAY afternoon, the government told English local authorities that they should not to expect to continue holding zoom meetings after 6 May, but to prepare instead to restart in-person meetings. In Harlow, this cannot come a moment too soon. Thursday’s nights meeting has been…

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PLANS for up to 80 dwellings in Wych Elm have just gone through a consultation process. The intention is to provide 80 apartments with communal and private amenity areas, as well as flexible commercial floorspace at ground floor level. The proposals comprise: 80 homes including…