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PLANS for a wide-scale regeneration of Harlow which could see it become “a small city” are set to be voted on by councillors next week reports a Local Democracy Reporter. If implemented, the proposals would update Harlow’s infrastructure, as the current draft of the Town…

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EXPORTS of food and drink to the EU have suffered a “disastrous” decline in the first half of the year because of Brexit trade barriers, with sales of beef and cheese hit hardest. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) producers lost £2bn in sales, a dent in revenue that could…

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DAILY spending on schools in England will be lower by 2022-23 than it was in 2009, according to a report published as pupils are returning to class reports the BBC. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) says that by next September, available funds will be…

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Tim Martin pictured with former UKIPO councillor Dan Long SOME drinkers will be disappointed if they head to Wetherspoons this week, as the pub chain is facing shortages of some beer brands reports the Metro. Pints of Carling and Coors are unavailable in some branches,…

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A VETERAN Labour councillor is set to stand down at the next set of local elections in May 2022. Councillor Mike Danvers has represented the town (on and off) for over fifty years. He is presently the ward councillor for Netteswell. Councillor Danvers said: “I…

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OVER the past few weeks there has been much discussion on our website and social media platforms regarding access to council housing. As people had made reference to empty council properties that “just seem to be lying empty”, we thought this would be a good…

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THE HARLOW Alliance Party is continuing to campaign against the amount of building proposed near Harlow’s green belt. Nicholas Taylor said: “Since the launch of a petition supporting the campaign to stop Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) allowing thousands of homes to be built along…

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SCHOOLS have been warned to prepare for food shortages ahead of the new school year and urged by wholesalers to “stock up” reports The Grocer. The warning comes as the HGV driver crisis intensifies, with food and drink shortages now being seen at some of…

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A PLANNING application to demolish a number of garages in the Arkwrights area of Harlow has been submitted. The garages are located a 33-74 And 74-77 Arkwrights. The garages are surplus to Harlow Council’s requirements for garage assets in the estate, and so the council…

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WORKERS in England and Wales are being fobbed off with a “stingy” number of bank holidays, say trades unions reports the BBC. They get eight public holidays a year, which is four fewer than the EU average and half the number in Japan. The umbrella…

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LOCAL residents have raised objections to Harlow Council plans to demolish a number of garages in Halling Hill. The planning application looks to: Demolish the terrace of garages down to the ground bearing slab, replace the boundaries to residential properties with a timber close boarded…

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THE government has announced plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene cups in England as part of what it calls a “war on plastic”. Ministers said the move would help to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic waste in oceans.  A…

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NEW research by the British Parking Association (BPA) reveals an overwhelming consensus amongst UK local authorities on the need to review and raise parking penalty charges to make them a more effective deterrent. Councils also want greater consistency between the level of parking penalty charges…

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BUSINESSES have been told to prioritise hiring UK-based workers rather than relying on labour from abroad to fix a shortage of lorry drivers reports the BBC. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng rejected calls from firms to loosen immigration rules, saying it would be a “short-term temporary…

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“VIOLENT” and “unsafe” conditions at a men’s prison in Essex have prompted urgent calls for action as standards “declined disturbingly” over the last decade. A series of inspections have discovered rising deaths and rates of self-harm at HMP & YOI Chelmsford, finding it to be one of the…

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HARLOW Council has helped find two homes in the private rented sector which can used to support Afghan citizens resettling in the UK. The two family-sized homes offered by a Local Lettings Agency will be made available to Essex County Council in the coming weeks…