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Grant to boost outdoor fitness projects

5.50pm - 24th April 2014

HARLOW Council has been awarded £46,200 by Harlow Health Centres Trust to provide two projects aimed at encouraging people to get active outdoors. 
The bid was submitted by the council and the Community Sport and Physical Activity Network. Some £44,200 will develop a bespoke fitness trail featuring various workstations in Harlow Town Park. 
The remaining £2,000 is match funding towards developing Parkrun in Harlow - a free 5km run organised by volunteers in Harlow Town Park every Saturday morning.
Derek Fenny, of Harlow Health Centres Trust, said: "Harlow Health Centres Trust is more than willing to support these projects. The trust does this as part of its health and wellbeing strategy which is there to help organisations improve the health and wellbeing of Harlow residents." 
To find out about the volunteering opportunities provided by Parkrun email chris.purvis@harlow.gov.uk or ring 01279 446435.

Police appeal over stolen bike

9.02am - 21st April 2014

DETECTIVES in Harlow are appealing for information after a 16-year-old boy was robbed of a distinctive, bright red dirt bike. 
The youngster was riding the bike along the path between Newhall and London Road, Harlow, at about 6.40pm on Saturday when he was approached from behind by somebody in a grey hooded top who held a pointed weapon against his back and demanded the bike. 
The suspect is described as slim and spoke with a deep voice. 
He rode off on the bike which was custom built and is bright red with black wheels and red hubs. 
Detectives want to hear from anyone who knows where this bike is now. 
DC Mike Ferguson said: "If anyone sees this in a garden or sees someone riding it around the Harlow area I urge them to contact police at Harlow CID on 101."

Hospice raffle raises record sum

3.27pm - 19th April 2014

THE St Clare Hospice Spring Raffle, which was drawn bv comedian Ed Byrne, raised a record £32,251.
First prize winner Vera Morley, from Old Harlow, won the keys to a new Ford Studio KA after the hospice teamed up with local Ford dealership Gates of Harlow. 
The £1,500 second prize went to Vera Eley, from Harlow, while the third prize of £1,000 in holiday vouchers was won by Penny Hampson, one of the specialist palliative care nurses at the hospice. 
St Clare director of fundraising and marketing Elizabeth Palfreman said: "It was great to have Ed here at the hospice for the draw - he was such a good sport agreeing to get into the zorb to draw the winning ticket much to the delight of everyone who gathered to watch. 
"We would like to say a huge congratulations to all three of our lucky winners and a big thank you to every single person who bought a ticket to help raise an incredible amount of money and make this year's Spring Raffle our most successful ever."

Winning hospice lottery numbers

3.26pm - 19th April 2014

THE winner of this week's £1,000 prize in the St Clare Hospice lottery lives in Harlow. The winning number is 601234. 
The £100 prize goes to number 794004. The holder also lives in Harlow. 
For information about how to join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk or ring 01279 773730 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm).

Paralysed man to take part in water tower abseil

2.32pm - 19th April 2014

A MAN paralysed from the neck down will be among the dozens of people taking part in the annual Rotary Club of Harlow Tye charity abseil from the 110ft Church Langley water tower. 
Andy Mirams, who has had a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years, will be winched up to the top of the Affinity water tower on the afternoon of Sunday, May 4 - and then lowered to the ground strapped into his wheelchair - to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. 
Andy, who lives in Stanstead Abbotts, said: "Hopefully I won't be coming down too fast!" 
He said: "I have lived with MS for some 15 years now and have been fortunate enough to be able to remain working and still able to try new experiences such as gliding, which have kept me still feeling alive and able to contribute. 
"Many years ago I abseiled as a teenager and enjoyed it. Having been offered the chance by the Rotary club to have another go in somewhat different circumstances, just because I can, I thought it would be good if I could raise funds for the MS Trust which is such a small charity but which offers hugely important support to people with MS." 
He added: "It's quite a height but it's never like me to be particularly worried!" 
Anyone who wants to support Andy's fundraising efforts can go to his Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Mirams
Many local and national charities will be benefiting from the abseil on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.
Also making the descent from the top of the tower will be Epping Forest District Council chairman Mary Sartin who will be raising money for her chosen charities, St Clare Hospice and the Chigwell Riding Trust.

Car ends up on roof after collision

8.13am - 19th April 2014

A CAR ended up on its roof following a two-vehicle collision in Priory Avenue, Harlow. 
Firefighters were called out at 10.55pm last night. Two people were released before the crew arrived.
Electricity engineers were called to deal with a lamp column that had been damaged.

Four charged over disorder

8.12am - 19th April 2014

POLICE have charged four men following an investigation into an incident of violent disorder in Bishopsfield, Harlow, in the early hours of Saturday January 18. 
Twelve people had contacted police to report concerns about a fight in the road, damage to cars, and disorder. 
Following a detailed investigation by detectives three search warrants were executed in Harlow and one in Bournemouth on Thursday (April 17) and a number of suspects were arrested.
Four men have been charged and are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court this morning. 
A 47-year-old woman, from Harlow, arrested on suspicion of possession of a section one firearm offence has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until Monday, June 23.

Man attacked for cash and bike

10.37am - 18th April 2014

POLICE in Harlow are investigating an assault which happened near the Tye Green Indoor Bowling Club in Bush Fair. 
A 19-year-old man, from Harlow, was riding a mountain bike at about 5.45pm on Sunday, April 13, when he was approached by a man who pulled his jacket, knocking him off his bike. 
While he was on the ground he was punched and kicked by another man. His wallet containing a large sum of cash fell out of his pocket. 
The attackers ran off with it as well as taking his blue and yellow mountain bike. 
The victim suffered cuts and bruises but did not need hospital treatment. 
One of the suspects is described as being a white man with black hair in a Mohican style. He was wearing black or blue trousers, a black short sleeved T-shirt and black lace up plimsolls. 
Anybody with any information should ring PC Jonathan Ward on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal over burglary

10.35am - 18th April 2014

DETECTIVES in Harlow are investigating a burglary at a house in Lodge Hall. 
An Apple iPad and a camera were stolen when thieves got into through a rear door between 12.50pm and 4.45pm on Tuesday (April 15). 
Anyone with any information, or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, should ring DC Gav Morris at Harlow CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MP welcomes jobless figures

5.51pm - 17th April 2014

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the latest unemployment figures for Harlow which show the number of people out of work in the town is 1.5 per cent lower than it was in May 2010. 
The number of unemployed claimants in the Harlow constituency in March this year was 1,930 - four per cent of the 16-64 aged group considered "economically active". 
The number of claimants is 690 lower than in March last year and 110 fewer than in February this year. 
Mr Halfon said: "This is good news. In Harlow there are 110 fewer people unemployed than in February and unemployment is 690 lower than in March last year. 
"There is still a long way to go however the strong figures at least show the Government's welfare, economic and tax reforms to help businesses and lower earners are making a real difference." 
Mr Halfon - who is a champion of apprentices and apprenticeships - has also welcomed statistics that show the number of apprenticeships being offered in Harlow has increased by 82 per cent in the past year. 
This week Mr Halfon visited the new Sir Charles Kao University Technical College - the new pre-apprentice Technical School that will open in Harlow in September next year. 
The building, at Harlow College, will offer free, state-of-the-art technical education to hundreds of local students aged 14 to 19. 
Mr Halfon said: "I have a passion for vocational education and worked hard for over two years to persuade the Government to invest in a UTC for our town. 
"The new UTC is funded with up to £10m from the Department of Education. It will offer students a vocational education on the field of medical technology that is second to none. At present it is one of only 26 UTCs around the country. 
"None of this would have happened without the strong support and sponsorship of Harlow College, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Anglia Ruskin University and a number of businesses. 
"I think this UTC will be one of the most exciting things to happen in Harlow for a generation. 
"When it is up and running, this new school will transform the lives and opportunities of thousands of young people."

Man charged over six-car collision

11.24am - 11th April 2014

A MAN from Harlow has been charged with driving offences following a six-car collision in Harbert Road, Harlow. 
James Dodge, 39, of Felmongers, is charged with aggravated vehicle taking and property damage, using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving without a licence following the collision which happened on January 31. 
He has been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on April 24.

Winning hospice lottery numbers

11.22am - 11th April 2014

THE winner of this week's £1,000 prize in the St Clare Hospice lottery lives in Epping. The winning number is 589117. 
The £100 prize goes to number 216931. The holder lives in Great Chesterford. 
For information about how to join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk or ring 01279 773730 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm).

Facelift for sculpture site

3.04pm - 9th April 2014

A COBBLED area where a famous sculpture sits has been given a major facelift thanks to Harlow Council and Kier Harlow. 
The 400 sq.m public area in Glebelands - where the Barbara Hepworth Contrapuntal Forms sculpture is located - has been transformed in to a new landscaped area. 
The project, part funded by Harlow Council and carried out by Kier Harlow, involved taking up broken and dangerous cobbles and creating a new green space for residents to enjoy, installing a knee rail wooden fence around the area to protect it from vehicle access, with a pedestrian access way created in the fencing, providing an additional knee rail to protect the sculpture and re-laying a section of damaged paving. 
A council spokesman said: "This is a fantastic transformation that makes a huge difference to this area and really helps enhance and protect this famous sculpture which once again sits proudly. 
"Harlow's sculptures are part of everyday life in Harlow and working with the Art Trust we are always looking to do what we can to ensure they continue to be part of the local community." 
A Harlow Art Trust spokesman said: "Harlow Art Trust is delighted with Harlow Council and Kier Harlow's sensitive restoration of the landscaped area surrounding Contrapuntal Forms, one of Dame Barbara Hepworth's most notable sculptures and one of the most outstanding art works in the town. 
"Originally commissioned by the Arts Council for the Festival of Britain in 1951, this monumental carving in blue limestone was recently cleaned by SculpCons Ltd, an internationally renowned London firm of sculpture conservation specialists. 
"This conservation project was initiated by Harlow Art Trust and made possible by a grant from the Trust with match funding from the Hepworth Estate. 
"The commitment of Harlow Council to improving and upgrading this part of Glebelands is a wonderful example of the public and charitable sectors working together and proof of the seriousness with which the council takes the designation 'Sculpture Town'.

Have a say on Harlow's future

10.05am - 9th April 2014

RESIDENTS and businesses are being urged to have their say on where new homes and new jobs could be created for Harlow as part of the preparation of the new Local Development Plan. 
The consultation, which starts on Monday (April 14), will ask for views on five different examples for how new housing developments could be accommodated within Harlow and possible locations outside Harlow. 
All examples protect Harlow's existing green spaces as much as they can. 
The Local Development Plan will set out how many new homes and jobs are to be provided in Harlow up to the year 2031. 
It will reflect the future needs of the community and businesses, and will provide a framework for the consideration and assessment of planning applications received by the council. 
To achieve the council's key priorities of delivering more and better housing, regenerating the town and stimulating the local economy, evidence shows that between 12,000 and 15,000 new homes and between 8,000 and 12,000 jobs will be required up to 2031. 
Some 4,500 homes in Harlow already have planning permission so locations for a further 7,500 to 10,500 homes need to be identified. 
About 30 per cent of new homes will be affordable/social housing homes to help families and individuals that cannot currently afford to buy their own home. 
The council is required by Government policy to boost significantly the supply of housing to meet the needs of the community, which means that 'no housing growth' is not an option. 
A council spokesman said: "Harlow was never meant to stand still and today Harlow faces a number of issues and development pressures. 
"The council needs to plan for the future by providing development to meet local needs and to deliver the regeneration of the town. 
"Harlow is an important location in the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough corridor and is a key sub-regional centre for employment, especially in technology. 
"If we do not deliver the housing to support regeneration the risk is that Harlow will decline. 
"We all know what new housing and new jobs mean to Harlow so we need as many people from the young to the old and all sized businesses to let us know their views on this vital issue. We want to start a healthy debate on Harlow's future. 
"We need new housing for Harlow people but where should it go?"
The council has published the Emerging Strategy and Further Options document for consultation which provides detailed information on the options for development. 
The document can be read and views given via a questionnaire on the council's website www.harlow.gov.uk/local-plan from April 10. 
Views received by the council will help inform the preparation of the new Local Development Plan and the selection of a preferred development option. 
Further consultations will take place later this year. 
The document will also be available to view in the Civic Centre, Central Library and Old Harlow Library.
Exhibitions will be held throughout the consultation and details will be available on the council website.
The consultation closes on Friday, May 30.

Winning hospice lottery numbers

5.48pm - 8th April 2014

THE winner of this week's £1,000 jackpot in the St Clare Hospice lottery lives in Harlow. The winning number is 512434. 
The £100 prize goes to number 452569. The winner lives in Epping. 
For information about how to join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk or ring 01279 773730 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm).

Distribution centre creates two new careers

7.33am - 3rd April 2014

TWO unemployed young people have started new careers in the construction industry thanks to the Poundland Distribution Centre development in Harlow. 
As part of the re-development of the former Pitney Bowes site, developer McLaren Construction and Poundland agreed, as part of the planning process, to create new employment opportunities for Harlow residents during both the construction phase and occupation of the building. 
Partnership work between the developer and Harlow Council has resulted in two local unemployed young people being employed by McLaren as general operatives. 
McLaren saw potential in the pair and one is now in training to become a logistics manager and the other has gone on to become a trained dumper driver. 
James Brandon, from Harlow, said: “I was out of work up until Christmas when I approached McLaren, they took me on and have put me through courses to give me the help I needed to start work in construction. 
"With their help I feel like I’ve got a future career now which can only get better.” 
David Murphy, regional managing director of McLaren Construction, said: “Our construction team, led by Peter Goodman as project manager on site, take great pride in adding possibilities to the local community which is a great benefit to this prestigious project.” 
The company’s commitment to local employment is supported across all of its sites, extending to meet the buyer days, supply chain training and development, apprenticeship and internship schemes. 
Harlow Council is leading a successful partnership including with Jobcentre Plus and Harlow College to work with local developers to ensure that where jobs are created local people are able to access them. 
The council says it is essential that local people benefit from the growth of the town and that it actively encourages all developers to engage with the partnership and assist it in promoting employment and job opportunities where possible. 
Work with the developers and Poundland will continue and the partnership is seeking to ensure that local people have access to the 400 jobs that the distribution centre will eventually create. 
Harlow Council resources and enterprise portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: "I am hopeful that because of our partnership with Jobcentre Plus which has helped these two young people start new careers that the Poundland Distribution Centre will bring even more new opportunities for local people both now and in the future."

Comedian to draw hospice raffle

5.25pm - 1st April 2014

COMEDIAN Ed Byrne will draw St Clare Hospice’s Spring Raffle at the Hastingwood hospice on Thursday, April 17. 
This year the hospice has teamed up with Gates of Harlow to offer the lucky winner a new Ford KA Studio. Second prize is £1,500 cash and third prize is £1,000 of holiday vouchers. 
All the money raised will help St Clare Hospice continue caring for local people with a terminal or life-limiting illness and their families.

Man admits drug-dealing

5.21pm - 1st April 2014

A MAN arrested as part of a police initiative to "enhance the quality of life for people" living in Harlow has pleaded guilty to drug-dealing. 
Operation Hornet was Essex Police's response to community concerns and intelligence following reported Class A drug activity and violence since the beginning of the year. 
On Tuesday, March 4, officers executed search warrants at 31 residential properties under the Misuse of Drugs Act resulting in numerous arrests and the recovery of large quantities of cocaine and heroin.
Michael Adesanmi was arrested on Tuesday, March 25, following further information from residents living in the Passmores area of the town.
The 18-year-old unemployed man, of Brooke Road, Clapton, east London, was charged with three counts of supplying heroin and two counts of being in possession of cocaine with intent to supply. 
He was detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Wednesday (March 26) where he pleaded guilty to the five offences. 
He had been found by police with 72 wraps of cocaine and heroin in his possession. 
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Paul Maleary said: "We would like to again thank the residents and retailers of Harlow for their ongoing support in tackling crime and drug-dealing in the town. 
"The partnership approach to continuing with this success is to make us aware of such criminal activity or suspicious behaviour."

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