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By Mark Sweeney HARLOW MP Robert Halfon is named one of Britain’s Top 500 most influential people for his work on apprenticeships. Mr Halfon was the first MP to employ a Parliamentary apprentice and set up the Parliamentary Academy which has led to 21 apprentices…

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WE HAVE ALL SEEN them. The cars parked on double yellow lines, on the pavements, on zebra crossings and all outside primary schools. From this week (Jan 23rd), the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) will be using a ‘Park Safe’ patrol vehicle at schools and…

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IN a further measure to back business, 300,000 retail businesses are eligible for a new special retail discount, worth £1000. New guidance for local authorities published today spells out which high street businesses will be entitled to the new discount. Retail premises are eligible for…

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A £415 million cash injection to back business, boost high streets, create jobs and help local economies thrive was announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today, as part of the Government’s long term economic plan. The announcement comprises: £300 million to give 300,000 small retail…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon is sending a survey to every home in Harlow asking residents their opinions on Essex County Council’s proposals on where a new junction linking the town to the M11 should be built. Some surveys have already been sent out, and more…

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Critical care beds are reserved for some of the most seriously ill patients, patients who are suffering from organ failure or who have been involved in a serious accident. If none are available then desperately sick patients could be forced to travel miles to another…

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GOVERNMENT figures have revealed that St Marks school tops the table for the number of students signed up for the full complement of “traditional” subjects in Harlow for the 2014 exam diet.. The Ebacc subjects are: English, Maths, a science, a humanities subject and a…

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HARLOW people in need of help to tackle problems such as personal debt will get more support with funding provided to 12 Citizens Advice Bureaux from Essex County Council. The Council will give a £123,000 grant each year for up to three years subject to…

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CORPORATE Scrutiny Committee, Tuesday 28 January, from 10am, Committee Room 2 Essex Police and Crime Panel, Wednesday 29 January, from 2.30pm, Committee Room 2 Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Wednesday 5 February, from 10am, Committee Room 1

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By Mark Sweeney HARLOW MP Robert Halfon welcomes a local and national fall in unemployment figures, but Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride, isn’t impressed. Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of people unemployed has fallen once again,…

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LITTLE PARNDON primary school have been told to improve by Ofsted. The report has classified the school as “Requires Improvement” The report makes the following criticisms: 1.Standards,especially in mathematics,fell at the end of Year 6 in 2013 after several years of improvement. 2.Pupils have not…

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PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital spends half a million on costly locums because of Cameron’s A&E crisis Understaffed A&E departments in the East of England spent £9.6million on costly locum doctors last year (2012/13) because they cannot permanently fill medical posts. This is an increase of 53%…

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CONSULTATION on the next stage of determining where future housing will go in Harlow is set to start this Spring. Last night’s (23 January 2014) Special Cabinet gave the go ahead to undertake public consultation in Spring on how the town will develop in future.…

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A PACKED St John’s Hall, Old Harlow, on Monday night paid testament to the strong feelings in the town regarding proposals for a new junction 7a on the M11. The ninety minute meeting was part of the Harlow Civic Society AGM. However, the main item…

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THE POLICE Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston has gone on the record to defend his proposal to increase the police share of the council tax bill by 3.5%. Mr Alston said: “Everyone in Essex has a right to expect that their taxpayer money is used in…

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HARLOW Council has outlined proposals to protect services from closure by increasing Council Tax by 1.49% or 6½p per week for a Band C property. Plans for the increase on Harlow Council’s share of Council Tax for 2014/15 will be recommended to Cabinet on 30…