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Work on new M11 junction could start in 2019

12.58pm - 13th January 2017

WORK on a new M11 junction 7A could begin in two years, the Government has said. 
The Department for Transport has today given its support to the new junction at Sheering saying it will help ensure the delivery of 15,000 homes and support continued growth in the local economy. 
The junction will provide better access to the motorway for residents of Harlow and Sawbridgeworth and reduce congestion on the existing junction 7 at Hastingwood, the Government said. 
The project will be part-funded by Essex County Council.
Essex County Council deputy leader Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and partnerships, said: “I am delighted the Government has backed this vital junction which offers a much-needed link for residents and business across west Essex. 
“Plans for Junction 7A were agreed by Essex County Council cabinet last month following a public consultation to ensure Junction 7A delivers benefits for everyone in Essex. 
“Creating a key link to the M11 for Harlow, reductions in congestion and business growth opportunities are just a handful of reasons this plan has received unrivalled support. 
“It is important we now move quickly so drivers and businesses across Essex can feel the positive effect of this work as soon as possible.” 
Harlow MP Robert Halfon, who started a campaign for a new junction ten years ago, said: "Whilst I realise that while this is a difficult decision for some, it is incredibly important for the future of the whole of Harlow. 
"It will unlock more housing and unlock more money to rebuild our town centre. It means more jobs, more businesses and more prosperity, all which will help build an even better Harlow."

Police renew attack appeal nine years on

3.16pm - 9th January 2017

POLICE are appealing for information on the ninth anniversary of an horrific attack on two schoolchildren in Harlow. 
Officers want to talk to anyone with information about the incident which happened on a cycle path running from Tawneys Road towards Great Brays on Sunday, January 8, 2008. 
At about 5pm, a 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy stopped to fix a light on a BMX. 
The girl was then twice struck on the head with a metal pole knocking her to the ground. She suffered two deep gashes which required 12 stitches. 
The boy also suffered head injuries requiring stitches after being hit over the head about six times. 
The suspect, who ran off empty-handed, is described as a white male, aged between 25 and 30 with brown stubble. He was wearing black trousers and new-looking white trainers. 
Detective Sergeant Leo Fordham said: "We are revisiting the case on the anniversary of the crime to see if anyone might have any memory or knowledge of what happened. 
"This was an unprovoked and particularly vicious attack on two innocent children and nine years on we’re still keen to find out who did this. 
"Someone must know something, and if this appeal brings back some memories then we want to hear from you.” 
Anyone with information, particularly people walking their dogs who were seen in the area at the time, should ring Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

MP takes reading scheme to school

10.29am - 1st January 2017

CHILDREN at Roydon Primary School were read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by MP Robert Halfon when he took his 'Reading with Rob' scheme to the village. 
He also answered questions on the book and presented the class with 'Reading with Rob' certificates and bookmarks. 
Mr Halfon said: “It was a pleasure to be able to read to the children in the school's fantastic new library this time. 
"These visits are a really important part of my community diary which I do as often as possible to share my love of books and reading."

Hospice's JanuDry challenge

9.51am - 1st January 2017

DRINKERS are being encouraged to support St Clare Hospice's JanuDry challenge and give up alcohol for the whole of this month. 
St Clare Hospice’s director of income generation, Cheryl Armitage, said: “After an endless run of Christmas parties and festive events our first-ever JanuDry challenge is a great way to start 2017. 
"We want as many St Clare supporters to swap their social drinking for social fundraising for the 31 days of January - a great way to feel good both inside and out this new year!” 
The month long challenge encourages participants to donate the money they save from not buying alcohol to support the Hastingwood-based charity. 
Cheryl said: “You would be surprised how much you can save just by abstaining from your usual social drinking. If you normally drink ten pints per week, you could save £160 in one month, or ten gin and tonics and four glasses of wine would be £280. It will also save your body around 10,000 calories - so it will leave you feeling healthier too.” 
Nursing assistant Jasmin Laskey, 25, who has been working for the Hospice at Home team for two years, has pledged her support to the challenge. 
She said: “I saw the advert for JanuDry in the staff newsletter and thought it sounded like a fun way to start the year, and to support St Clare. 
"I know I will be going to lots of parties throughout December and it is a good way to get the New Year on to a healthier track." 
For more about the St Clare JanuDry challenge visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/janudry 
For more information, or to let the team know that you will be taking up the challenge, ring 01279 773750 or email fund@stclarehospice.org.uk

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