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Harlow Foodbank reaches new
12.07pm - 5th
HARLOW Foodbank has now fed more than
10,000 people in crisis with emergency food
since it was launched in April 2009.
In 2013-14 it has distributed 33.2 tonnes of
donated food in Harlow and the surrounding area
through its referral system working in
partnership with 123 front-line care
The foodbank now feeds an average of 294 people
each month (216 adults and 78 children) and
referrals this year have increased by 59 per
cent in comparison to the same period last
The foodbank collects donated food from its
partners in Harlow and the surrounding
They include 72 churches, 38 schools, three
supermarkets (Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury), three
banks and many individual people across the
Great Parndon Parish and LOKnSTORE in Harlow
provide free storage space for the donated food.
St Paul's Church in Harlow Town Centre provides
a central location for the foodbank satellite
service, based in the Upper Room, and Harlow
Salvation Army provides cover for the foodbank
service on Wednesdays at its Tendring Road
There is also a satellite centre at the
Methodist Church in Bishop's Stortford.
The foodbank has a team of 65 local volunteers
working at their warehouse, satellite centre and
with supermarket collections.
The main reasons for people using the foodbank
are benefit delay/sanctions, low income,
homelessness, benefit cuts, refused crisis loan,
debt, unemployment, domestic violence, sickness
and delayed wages. More than 60 per cent of
referrals are due to some form of benefit change
Director of Community Services Gary Knott said:
"Harlow Foodbank has now been in operation
for nearly five years and we continue to see an
increase in referrals year-on-year.
"As the service has grown and developed we
have extended our partners and we now offer a
service in the Bishop's Stortford area as well
as adding fresh eggs and potatoes with our
emergency food, thanks to our new partnership
with Greenway Eggs and High Trees Packers
"We have also been greatly encouraged to
partner with local allotments in Harlow who
provide us with seasonal summer vegetables to
complement our emergency food provision.
"Harlow Foodbank is a community project in
which everyone can play their part in supporting
local people in crisis."
Anyone wishing to donate food or make a regular
donation to Harlow Foodbank should ring Gary
Knott on 01279 724515.
Questionnaire over new M11 junction
12.01pm - 5th
A QUESTIONNAIRE about proposals for a new
M11 junction has been reopened by Essex County
Council "to alleviate some confusion which
arose" with the initial form.
The questionnaire, which originally closed on
January 31, is now open until March 17 with the
question which had previously caused some
The county council introduced the questionnaire
alongside public exhibitions to seek feedback on
the proposals to introduce a new 7A
However concerns were raised about the format of
question 5 (which asked participants to rank the
three presented options for the junction) which
did not permit a nil response and, therefore,
may not have given a true representation of
residents' views, the council said.
Responses already received will be considered
alongside any additional feedback.
Highways and transportation cabinet member
Rodney Bass said: "Local residents have
rightly raised concerns where they have not been
able to express their views via our online
questionnaire as they wished.
"We have therefore reopened the
questionnaire to ensure people have the
opportunity to get their views
For the exhibition materials and revised
questionnaire go to www.essex.gov.uk/junction7a
Council continuing home
9.20am - 5th
HARLOW Council has completed 3,000 home
improvements as part of its Modern Council Homes
The £22m programme, which started in July last
year, has seen more than 3,000 improvements
carried out in more than 1,500 council homes and
in addition nearly 2,000 electrical safety tests
have been completed.
The council plans to spend a further £26m on
about 5,000 home improvements in 2014-15.
The programme is being funded by rents and
additional decent homes grants secured by the
Deputy council leader and housing portfolio
holder Rod Truan said: "This is the biggest
ever investment in modernising council housing
in Harlow which is changing homes and changing
our tenants' lives."
Since last July the council has modernised 576
kitchens and 364 bathrooms, replaced 848 front
and back doors and replaced 2,246 windows in 412
homes, installed 314 central heating systems and
165 energy-efficient boilers, completed
electrical rewires in 308 homes, installed new
fuse boxes in 421 homes which have also included
the installation of 577 new smoke detectors and
insulated the external walls of 302 homes.
Twenty arrested in drugs operation
3.47pm - 4th
TWENTY people have been arrested during a
drugs operation in Harlow.
Officers executed search warrants at 31
residential properties in the Harlow area under
the Misuse of Drugs Act shortly after 6am
Seventeen men and three women were arrested at a
variety of locations across the town.
Operation Hornet is Essex Police's response to
community intelligence given to neighbourhood
Senior Investigating officer DCI Paul Maleary
intends to continue to enhance the quality of
life for residents and retailers by eradicating
the source of substance abuse in the town.
He said: "This operation is the direct
result of reported Class A drug-dealing and
associated violence which has taken place during
the past few months.
"We, along with the local community safety
partnership, are committed to reducing all crime
and the arrest phase of the operation is just
the first of many initiatives that we will be
taking over the forthcoming months to dissolve
drug-dealing in and around Harlow."
Neighbourhood policing officers continue to urge
people to ring them on 101 with any suspicious
activity in their area.
Wheelchair racer set for first
3.58pm - 3rd
A WHEELCHAIR racer who took up
the sport three years ago will
be among the entrants in this
year's St Clare Hospice 10k on
Sunday, March 16.
Gary Donald, who has no feeling
in his legs and has been
confined to a wheelchair since
1991, started racing in 2011
when he and his children decided
they all wanted to improve their
He said: "I hadn't done any
sport for a long time and when
you're sitting down all day
that's not the best thing to
"I used to cycle to work
and play badminton a couple of
times a week, but for the first
five years I was in the chair I
He initially signed up to take
part in 5km ParkRun
A year later he was given the
opportunity to loan a race chair
from a local club and just nine
months after secured an 'Elite'
place in last year's London
Marathon, finishing in 2hrs
Gary, who trains with Harlow
Athletic Club at Mark Hall
Sports Centre, said: "I
wish I'd known about wheelchair
racing ages ago because I
absolutely love it."
It will be the first St Clare
event the 59-year-old
father-of-two has competed
The retired lecturer from South
Woodford added: "It's great
to see more and more wheelies
taking part in the St Clare 10k
and having the chance to not
only compete but to raise money
for a local charity supporting
local people at the same
Registration is £12 in advance
(£10 for affiliated runners) or
£15 on the day.
Ring the fundraising team on
01279 773750 or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/10krun.html
School launches road safety
9.25am - 1st
CHILDREN at Roydon Primary
School are part of a campaign to
improve road safety outside
A series of assemblies are being
held to give children guidance
on keeping safe on their journey
to and from lessons.
Parents are being asked to
complete a questionnaire about
the road while police are being
asked to carry out community
Meanwhile pupils are making
banners urging motorists to slow
Parents Helen Fordham and Tracy
Seymour, who is also chairman of
governors, are spearheading the
road safety campaign. Ms Fordham
said: "Our journey to
school has become so hazardous I
dread the walk. The cars speed
so close to my three children
who have to walk along the
"I have witnessed several
incidents where cars have missed
children by inches, whether it's
at the crossing or swinging
round the junction."
Mother-of-two Ms Seymour said:
"The school run is
dangerous. More cars are
speeding along Harlow Road
making our journey to school a
nightmare. I even avoid walking
to friends' houses along Epping
Road because it's simply too
Winning hospice lottery numbers
9.23am - 1st
THE winner of this week's
£1,000 jackpot in the St Clare
Hospice Lottery lives in Harlow.
The winning number is
The winner of the £100 prize -
number 339691 - lives in
For information about how to
join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk
or ring 01279 773730