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HARLOW Conservatives are renewing their call for Harlow Council to reverse their decision to abolish the first free hour of parking in the town’s shopping centres. A decision taken by the Labour administration back in February this year will see the abolition of the free…

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BEFORE WE started, although YourHarlow only started on July 1st, 2013, our sister paper, first interviewed Robert Halfon in April 2013. Managing editor of both papers, Michael Casey drove past Robert on the A414 near Hastingwood after another day on the General Election campaign trail.…

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YOUR HARLOW caught up with Church Langley councillor, Tony Hall. Cllr Hall and his two colleagues in the ward, cllrs Andrew Johnson and Simon Carter, hold an open surgery outside Tescos in Church Langley once a month. We asked cllr Hall about the issues that…

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ESSEX County Council has announced a new round of grants being awarded under the Family Innovation Fund 2. Nineteen grants, totalling £409,235 have been awarded to 13 voluntary and community sector organisations working across Essex. Funding is for the year from August 2013 to the…

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OVER FIFTEEN members of staff are set to leave Mark Hall as the school year draws to a close on Friday. The school have ended the year with another woeful report from Ofsted that leaves them still in special measures. But the school, under new…

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YOUR HARLOW will try and keep you posted as to the issues debated and decided within Essex County Council. Here are the dates of committees coming up. Cabinet, Tuesday 16 July from 10am, Committee Room 1 Members and Officers Foreign Travel Committee, Tuesday 16 July…

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THE OWNER OF an after school club, that has been running for over ten years, has described the criticisms by Ofsted in a report as “Unfounded”. Ofsted has labelled the Chill Out Kids Club as “Inadequate” and has made a number of very harsh observations.…

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LABOUR parliamentary candidate, Suzie Stride was one of the first candidates selected back in 2011. Since then, Suzie has been a constant presence in the town as she campaigns to win the seat back from Robert Halfon in 2015. Your Harlow sat down with Suzie…

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A COUNCIL in Essex may stop housing its homeless in the Oasis hotel in Harlow after concerns over the conditions. Basildon Council stopped using the hotel in February after a number of problems were highlighted. These problems, according to the Basildon Echo, included bathrooms being…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question in relation to the sudden closure of the Maypole Club. Mr Halfon asked the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley MP if he had seen my Commons Motion…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has told YH he is “shocked and angered by the closure of the Maypole Club. Mr Halfon said: “I have every sympathy for staff, members and all the sports clubs like Lanbgley Colts, who use the grounds. I understand that the…

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`A BREATH of fresh air into the Harlow political scene is how 23-year-old, Emma Toal has been described. The youngest councillor in Harlow, cllr Emma Toal, went to St Mark’s, a school that encourages political debate. And Emma has graduated through school and sixth form,…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has criticised a tweet by a senior Tesco manager who said shutting five depots was an example of “awesome teamwork”. Tesco is restructuring its distribution centres with the transfer of 2,000 posts in Essex, Surrey and Derbyshire. Mr Halfon said the…

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YOU KNOW, it is not often that you get to discuss such varied topics with the leader of Harlow Council from the regeneration agenda to whatever happened to the guy in Roman Holiday (no not Gregory Peck). YH sat down with the leader of Harlow…

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IF THERE was ever an event that encapsulated the community spirit of Harlow, then it was the return of Dr Ahmed Shakoor, to open up the new play equipment and garden dedicated to the memory of his family. Dr Shakoor made a moving speech which…

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THE LEADER of Harlow Conservatives, cllr Andrew Johnson has expressed his concerns at how mass immigration could affect Harlow. His comments came at a meeting of the ruling Labour cabinet at the Civic Offices. The debate centred on the arrangements for houses of multiple occupancy…