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News from Harlow Council and Kier Harlow: Clearing up Harlow after the storm
- Published 10/28/2013
Council and Kier Harlow have been responding to the effects of the storm
experienced in Harlow this morning (28 October 2013).
took place at the end of last week to ensure workforces were ready to respond
to emergency calls and that trees and structures were made as safe as possible.
morning Kier Harlow took around 500 telephone calls and the roofing and fencing
teams have been responding to emergencies as they are reported. Despite the
high number of calls, pre-booked housing repairs appointment are being kept to.
operators have been working around the town to respond to fallen trees, with
priority given to clearing roads and pathways. Street cleaning teams have also
been reacting to the increase in debris on the streets and roads across the
town to ensure safety for residents. So far 45 reports of damaged trees have
been made to the Council.
Harlow say that all emergency works to reported trees and clearing up debris
should be responded to by the end of today with normal services resuming
tomorrow (29 October 2013).
Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “I would like to thank those
who are working so hard to clear-up Harlow. Like much of the South this storm
has battered Harlow and Harlow Council and its partner Kier Harlow are working
flat out to help get the town back up on its feet and cleared up. Last week we
put plans in place to ensure we were both prepared when the storm hit and these
plans are in action today. Clearly work will be carried out on a priority basis
and if residents see any damage please report it to us so it can be logged and
Phillips, Operations Director for Kier Harlow said: “I am pleased that the
joint contingency plans we put in place last week have worked effectively and
that the Town will soon be back to normal. Our grounds teams are working to
ensure that this is the case.”
has been some damage to the roof of the Playhouse. Kier Harlow has carried out
temporary repairs and the area has been reopened. The Playhouse is open
to the public.
a safety measure the market is closed today. Waste and recycling collections
are unaffected and are operating as normal.
residents wish to report an emergency Kier Harlow can be contacted on 01279
446666. Damaged trees on Council land should be reported to Contact Harlow on
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News from Harlow Council: Free cycling road skills and bicycle maintenance workshops launched
- Published 09/27/2013
Cycling continuing to grow in popularity, Harlow Council and the Active
Harlow Strategic Wellbeing Group is working in partnership with Hub + Spoke to
offer residents free bicycle maintenance and cycling lessons.
road cycling skills workshops will be delivered off-road but participants must
be able to ride a bicycle. The sessions are aimed towards residents who can
ride but would like to increase their confidence, develop cycling skills and
knowledge of cycling.
sessions will last approximately one hour and will take place on this Saturday
28 September 2013 at 11am, Saturday 5 October 2013 at 11am and Saturday 12
October 2013 at 11am.
bicycle maintenance workshops will take place at the Hub + Spoke workshop in
Bush Fair. The sessions will be very hands-on and are aimed at cyclists that
would like develop their bicycle maintenance skills. The workshops will last
approximately two hours and will take place on Thursday 10 October at 2pm and
Thursday 24 October at 2pm.
on the workshops, Councillor Jean Clark, Harlow Council’s Cabinet Portfolio
Holder for Social Inclusion, said: “Following the success of British cyclists
such as Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Tour of Britain and cycling enjoying an
increase in popularity, these free workshops are an excellent way of helping to
increase cycling safety. They ensure and encourage people to be knowledgeable
about staying safe when out and about on their bicycles and also encourage
cyclists to look after their bikes.
increasing people’s confidence and developing their cycling skills, the
workshops will also hopefully encourage more people to get on their bikes more
regularly and make use of the town’s comprehensive cycle track network – one of
the best in the country!”
Places on the Road Cycling Skills Workshop and the Bicycle Maintenance workshops are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. If there is sufficient demand there may be future sessions offering more advanced skills and development. Please contact Hub + Spoke on 01279 431333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place now.» Read More
PHASE ONE OF MULTI-MILLION POUND LEISURE COMPLEX FOR HARLOW
- Published 09/13/2013
work begins on Monday (16 September) on the first phase of a £10m scheme
to add a new leisure complex to the existing Harvey Shopping Centre.
work on phase one will concentrate on the first-floor mall, where a number of
units have been left vacant awaiting the builders. Further plans include the opening
of a multi-screen cinema and up to six new restaurants.
The Asset Managers of the Harvey Centre are Addington Capital. Partner Alex Wagstaff says the investment will offer something new to the people of Harlow and beyond. He said: "We are delighted that work on phase one will shortly be commencing and feel our proposals will enhance not only the Harvey Centre but the vitality of Harlow town centre as a whole".
works will involve the creation of a new mall on the first floor of the centre.
The width of the existing mall will be doubled, new floors will be laid, a new
glass roof will be installed and the empty shop units will be amalgamated and
extended. All the shops in the Harvey Centre will stay open throughout the
building work. The existing public toilets will still be accessible and
additional toilets will be located elsewhere on the upper floor. Direct access
to the car park will be via the ground floor only but all other entrances will
is targeted for the new mall to be open to the public by spring2014.
Harvey Centre manager Bryan Young says the leisure market is the one which is growing the fastest. He said: "This investment has come at just the right time and it's really exciting for the people of Harlow and the surrounding towns.
have spaces for 726 cars, a taxi rank at one entrance and the bus station,
operating 24 hours a day, at another so the proposed leisure complex will be
completion of the re development, the centre opening times will beadjusted to reflect the leisure complex
leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Rod Truan, welcomed the news that building
work is to begin. He said: "This is brilliant news and is a real vote of confidence
in the future of Harlow".
Aldi Planning Decision
- Published 08/22/2013
Please see below statement on the Council’s Development Management Committee decision on Wednesday (14 August 2013) to grant permission for an Aldi Store at the Stow, subject to a section 106 legal agreement:
Councillor Paul Schroder, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “This is great news not only for the Stow but the whole town and it will provide residents with more choice and create much-needed new jobs. Our Planning Officers have worked extremely hard with ALDI to come up with a scheme which will breathe new life into the Stow Shopping Centre and help regenerate the area.”» Read More
News from Harlow Council: Council Leader urges talks on Kier Harlow pay date change
- Published 08/14/2013
The Leader of Harlow Council is urging Kier Harlow
Limited to hold urgent talks with local trade unions to stop potential strike
action over a change to monthly pay dates.
Councillor Mark Wilkinson has written to Kier Harlow
after the Kier Group decided that it will change pay dates from the 15th of the
month to 28th.
Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “I want to see this situation resolved urgently for both residents and the workers sake. I am concerned that strike action could lead to disruption to not only services Kier Harlow provide like keeping the town clean and maintaining Council housing, but also to its employees and their families many of whom are also residents of the Town. There needs to be local negotiation on this matter and discussions need to take place now with the trade unions to try and find an amicable resolution.”
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News from Harlow Council: Council to keep free hour parking in neighbourhood shopping centres
- Published 08/5/2013
Council has confirmed that it will not be abolishing free parking for the first
hour in the town’s three neighbourhood shopping car parks.
20p charge for the first hour of parking was set to come into force from 1
September 2013 but after careful consideration the Council has decided instead
that it will increase existing longer stay fees in other car parks across the town.
parking for one hour can volunteer to pay 20p and the Council will use the
proceeds to support local community projects.
Tony Durcan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Resources & Enterprise, said:
“When the Council made the announcement in January we held off
introducing the charge until 1 September 2013. This is because we recognised
that removing free parking would have some impact on both residents and
businesses. This was part of the tough financial choices we needed to take this
year due to reductions in grants the Council receives from the Government.”
Paul Schroder, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “In the last
few months we have been listening to the concerns of both residents and
businesses and we believe the best decision is to increase existing longer stay
car park charges so the free parking hour can be retained. The average increase
in long stay car park charges will be just 5p. This change in heart will ensure
that the Council’s annual budget remains balanced and will help us to continue
to provide services.”
Existing charges will increase in car parks at Bush Fair, Post Office Road (including the commercial car park), The Stow, Town Park, Old Harlow and Wych Elm. To view a copy of the new charges please follow this link
Charges at Bush Fair, The Stow and Old Harlow car parks are only in force between 8am and 5pm during the week and at weekends the
parks are free to use all day.
first hour free parking at the Town Park’s car parks during the week and the
first two hours free parking at the weekends are not affected by the changes to
car parking fees.
help towards the savings target the Council will also be creating additional
car parking for its staff at the Water Gardens which staff pay for.
Cabinet Portfolio Holders’ decision came into effect 3 August 2013. A copy of
the report can be viewed by following this link
News from Harlow Council
- Published 07/16/2013
Council is hosting a public forum for residents to discuss how Harlow's bus
services and facilities can be improved.
Harlow Council manages the town's bus station, it is not responsible for any
bus services; however it recognises the importance of ensuring that the people
of Harlow receive high-quality bus services. Following a review of access to
and the quality of bus services in Harlow, it was agreed that a Harlow Bus
Users group be set up in order to further develop the facilities and services
on offer. Chaired by the Council's Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration,
the group is inviting residents and groups with an interest in the services
provided to meet with bus operators and Essex County Council to share their
views, concerns and ideas.
Councillor Paul Schroder, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for
Regeneration, said: "While the Council is not responsible for any bus services,
as a community leader it has a duty to ensure that services that run in Harlow
do so with residents' best interests in mind.
"It is hugely important that the local transport
services are the best that they can be. Events such as this forum give people
and organisations the opportunity to play an active part in making improvements
to the local bus network to help Harlow's residents' ability to get around."
The forum will be held on 24 July 2013 at the Civic Centre, Harlow between 7pm and 9pm. For further information, please contact Michael Kelly, Bus Station and Car Park Supervisor, on 01279 446896 or email email@example.com» Read More
News from Harlow Council: Catch a bus and take a step back in time
- Published 07/4/2013
This summer Harlow residents can step back in time and
take a trip on an iconic London Bus before jumping on a steam train on the
Epping Ongar railway.
The Epping Ongar Railway offers the opportunity to
travel on steam and heritage diesel trains, along the former end of the London
Underground Central Line. The local railway offers an ideal family day out,
travelling behind steam and diesel engines, departing from restored stations,
and enjoying Essex’s longest heritage railway.
Epping Ongar Railway has once again teamed up with
Harlow Council to run a special vintage bus service number 396. This special
service uses the iconic red and green heritage London buses every Saturday
between now and 20 July, when it will run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 26
July to 31 August. The service departs from Harlow bus station at 10.40am and
midday, and returns at 3.40pm and 4.55pm.
Residents can get their tickets from Harlow Bus
Station’s Travel Kiosk including all three experiences – all day travel on the
396 and the 339 buses from the railway to Epping town centre plus travel behind
a diesel and steam locomotive (subject to operational availability). The
ticket gives residents complete flexibility for a great day out to suit all
ages, riding through attractive countryside and exploring the picturesque
historic towns of Ongar or Epping before making the trip back to Harlow, all in
one ticket. Tickets for the trip cost £7 for children aged 3 and over (under-3s
travel free), £11 for concessions, £13 for adults and £34 for a family ticket.
Councillor Paul Schroder, Portfolio Holder for
Regeneration, said: “The service that was put on last year proved hugely
popular, and it is great to see it returning again for a second year. Many of
our older residents will remember travelling on the old London buses and riding
on a stream train and now they have the opportunity to share that experience
with their families.
“At Harlow bus station there is a range of extended
services offering residents new experiences and this is all part of the
improvements we are making.”
Harlow bus station is one of the busiest in the country with some 400,000 departures a year. In addition to selling tickets for timetabled services the station now sells tickets for day trips and holidays for Lodges Coaches, Richmond Travel, National Express Coaches and Shearings.
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SX Urban Games come to Harlow this June
- Published 06/10/2013
Hundreds of thrill-seekers are expected to descend on Harlow Council’s
state-of-the-art skate park, situated in Harlow Town Park, on 22 June 2013 to
take part in the SX Urban Games. The event runs from 11am until 4pm, and entry
This event, which is organised by our Leisure Team in partnership with
Essex County Council, Sport England, Essex Legacy and Active Essex, has proved
highly popular in the last couple of years, with at least 1,000 people
Activities will include scooter, BMX and skate jams, and mountain bike
time trials. There will also be Cycle Harlow BMX ramps, DJs, the Essex
Youth Bus (which includes Wii, Xbox and internet),
a Harlow Youth Council refreshments stall and
Anglian Community Enterprise health trainers on hand.
For more information, contact Chris Purvis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01279 446435.
Midnight Walkers have stories to tell
- Published 05/16/2013
of walkers are taking part in this year’s Midnight Walk for St Clare Hospice
which is set to be a fantastic, fun-filled night on Saturday July 6. But behind
the laughter and buzzing atmosphere, many of the walkers have poignant and
personal reasons for being there, and for supporting St Clare.
of this year’s walkers is Sian Cooper, 25, from Church Mill Grange, Harlow, who
will be taking part in the 10k walk with her mum Julie.
Sian has raised £350 in sponsorship and rising.
said: “I’m raising money for St Clare Hospice as it’s a charity very close to
home. After a long battle with cancer my grandad Nigel Cooper was taken to St
Clare for some respite.
there, they took excellent care of him and made such a difference to him,
seeing him healthier and happier than he'd been in a long time.
I lost my Gramps a few weeks later, but myself and my family will forever be
grateful for all their help and support, and helping my Nan care for my
weeks after her grandfather’s death last December, Sian’s grandmother ,June
Cooper, also passed away. “It was a massive shock to us,” said Sian.
my grandparents supported St Clare and their work greatly and I hope to do them
both proud by trying to raise as much money as possible for such a wonderful
charity. In the process I hope it helps me deal with such a sad loss in my
taking part on Saturday July 6 will be Harlow mother Linda Marsham who will be
walking in memory of her son and her parents.
of Aylets Field, Harlow, decided to take part in the event as a thank you to
the charity for the support it gave to her and her family.
will be accompanied by her friend, Barbara for the shorter 5km walk round the
son, Kevin, died in a motorbike accident 15 years ago while her parents both
died from cancer.
said: “St Clare provides a valued service and I would encourage people of any
age to help the hospice, to help raise funds and to help them carry on doing
such good work.”
to the Midnight Walk costs £15 per person and each walker will receive a
special Midnight Walk t-shirt, goody bag, and a medal at the finish.
are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Hospice: last year each walker on
average raised £110 with the £67,000 sponsorship total enough to pay for 17
days of care in the in-patient unit.