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IT WASN’T (thankfully) done in the style of North Korea but it looks like Harlow Council leader has had a mini-purge of his own as he has replaced his portfolio holder for regeneration, cllr Paul Schroder. Cllr Schroder had, despite holding a key portfolio, missed…

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OH NO THEY didn’t, oh yes they did…..It may be pantomime season at the Playhouse but things were far more serious at the council offices as the Harlow Tories questioned the continuing costs of the theatre. Conservative councillor, Russell Perrin pointed to the £50,000 shortfall…

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OFSTED has published the reading, writing and maths tables for primary schools in Harlow. All schools are supposed to ensure that 60 per cent of pupils gain at least “Level 4” in formal reading and maths tests, combined with an informal teacher assessment of children’s…

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YOU MAY OR may not have heard of the term Sec 106 money. In a nutshell, this is money that developers of larger sites pay to the council to reduce the impact of the development. Developers sign a S106 agreement as part of their planning…

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FLATS and houses designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd as part of the 1970s modernisation of the High Street have undergone a £500,000 refurbishment. The external refurbishment to the 14 homes* known as the “Bookend” flats and houses included the renewing of roof coverings, general external…

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HARLOW Council and its waste contractor Veolia are stepping up checks on recycling put out for collection to help reduce contamination. Councils across the country are seeing an increase in recycling contamination. This is where items which cannot be recycled in the kerbside scheme are…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon is urging residents who will be struggling with their energy bills this winter to contact the Home Heat Helpline, a free advice service for people concerned about household heating costs. Staffed by specially trained advisers, the Home Heat Helpline offers assistance…

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AN ESSEX COUNTY councillor has expressed her anger at losing a vote over youth services in Harlow and the rest of the county. At a full Council meeting of Essex County Council on Tuesday 9dec 10th), Councillor Karen Clempner (Labour), Harlow West Division, spoke in…

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NEWCASTLE-based housing provider Home Group has been named alongside Countryside Properties as one of Harlow Council’s preferred partners for a £67m scheme which will see more than 350 new homes built in Essex. The two companies will work with the council to demolish dated homes…

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SUZY Stride, The Labour Candidate to be MP for Harlow, celebrated the contribution of small businesses in Harlow as part of the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday last weekend. Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support…

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HARLOW Council has completed a programme of external makeovers to over 300 Council homes in order to make them warmer. Between March and November 2013, the external walls of 302 Council homes were insulated and covered with new render to help reduce heat loss. The…

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FIREFIGHTERS from the Fire Brigades Union are set to strike this weekend in the latest action over pension reforms. FBU members are set to strike between 6pm and 10pm on Friday, 13 December and Saturday, 14 December. The industrial action is part of a national…

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Dear Editor, Congratulations on publishing the fact that Harlow Council really couldn’t care whether or not people apply for permission to undertake development, and that at least 10 retrospective applications have been approved over the last year or two. The statement from council “leader” Mark…

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A ‘Stop the Hate ’ initiative has been launched today as part of a concerted effort to find new ways to tackle hate crime in Essex. The launch was marked by a conference in Chelmsford, hosted by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, which brought together 220…

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A COUPLE OF weeks ago, former Harlow MP, Stan Newens launched his autobiography, In Quest Of A Fairer Society: My Life and Politics. YH went down to his Old Harlow home to speak to Stan about his life in politics, his work for Harlow and…

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EAST of England’s ambulance service has set out the steps it needs to take to deliver safe, high quality and sustainable services over the coming years. At their public board meeting more was heard about the challenges facing the service and how these were being…