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NEW research has revealed just how much potholes really rile motorists across the country, with nearly two thirds of drivers (63 percent) believing the roads in their area are in poor or very poor condition. In fact, more than three quarters (76 percent) think road…

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By Local Democracy Reporter FAMILIES in Essex owe councils more than £11 million in care home bills – to be paid back by selling their loved ones’ properties. The number of Deferred Payment Agreements, or DPAs, that are outstanding have nearly tripled in Essex. A…

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Photo courtesy of The Enfield Dispatch By Local Democracy Reporter Simon Allin HOMELESS people placed in a temporary housing block by Enfield Council have been hit by repeated flooding, leaving them in “unliveable” conditions. A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and dozens…

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HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has championed apprenticeships and skills since he was first elected in 2010. He was the first MP ever to employ an apprentice in his Parliamentary office, and has subsequently employed five more. He has campaigned tirelessly to “rocket-boost” apprenticeship opportunities, which…

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A COUPLE of years ago, at a Harlow Council planning meeting, an application for the new Sir Frederick Gibberd College, on the site of the former Passmores school on Tendring Road, was being discussed. At one point, a councillor, who shall remain nameless, asked “where…

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UP to 14 million people could be on NHS waiting lists in England by next autumn, new analysis suggests reports the BBC. Currently, some five million are waiting for routine operations and procedures – many of whom are in pain. But the Institute for Fiscal…

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THERE were angry scenes as Katherines’ residents met with two Harlow councillors regarding the warehouses that loom over their homes. Portfolio Holder for Strategic Growth, Cllr Mike Hardware and Great Parndon Councillor David Carter met with the residents at the meeting in the Great Parndon…

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Berecroft Residents Assoc when they received Queens Award 2016 RECENTLY elected Staple Tye Councillor Alastair Gunn has confirmed that 65 Berecroft – the home of the Berecroft Residents Association and a community hub for the estate – is protected. The housing association for the Berecroft…

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UNIVERSITY clearing may be more competitive for some students this year, the boss of the admissions service Ucas has said reports the BBC. Clare Marchant suggested it would still be a “good year for clearing”, and predicted a record number of applicants would get places…

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THE leader of the Harlow Alliance Party has reflected on the fall out for planning permission being granted for warehouses in The Pinnacles. Nicholas Taylor said: “A lot has been written in the last few days about the new warehouses at The Pinnacles. What lessons…

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HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, is stepping up his long-running campaign to cut the cost of living by reducing energy bills. Mr Halfon has raised this a number of times in Parliament both with questions to the Chancellor the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, with the…

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ENERGY prices will rise for millions of people across the UK in October, right at the start of the cold weather. Regulator Ofgem said the price cap for default domestic energy deals would be raised to cover suppliers’ extra costs. The typical gas and electricity…

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A GREAT Parndon councillor has told YH that he does share Katherines’ residents concerns over warehouse developments that are now towering over their houses. Cllr David Carter (Cons) had written to local residents where he appeared to laying a large part of the blame at…

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Dear Editor,I HAVE been a long time Labour voter. However, in May, I was impressed and excited by the Conservatives and their plan to “build back better”. I was frustrated with the general state of the town and decided (as did many) to vote for…

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By Local Democracy Reporter ALMOST 8,000 children were suspended from school in 2019/2020 – despite lockdown restrictions severely limiting numbers able to be taught in classrooms for a large part of the year. The figures are an improvement on the previous year when almost 11,000…

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ICON Industrial, a strategic joint venture by leading commercial property developer, Stoford and private global investment firm, TPG Real Estate, has completed the first of two new Grade A warehouse developments in Harlow.   The JV has delivered Unit D, a bespoke last mile distribution…