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Improvements made to recreation
2nd September 2014
IMPROVEMENTS have been completed by
Harlow Council to several outside free-to-use
public recreation areas in the town.
The surfaces at the council-owned tennis courts
at Blackbush Springs, Bush Fair and The Dashes
have been repaired and new anti-vandal tennis
Surfaces have also been repaired at
multi-use-games-areas at Bush Fair, The Dashes,
Foldcroft, Northbrooks and Staple Tye and
perimeter fencing has been replaced.
The money for improvements was allocated from
the council's Capital Programme to both improve
health and safety at the sites and refurbish
facilities to increase sport and play
The work cost £62,500.
Youth and Community portfolio holder Emma Toal
said: "Harlow has so many open spaces for
residents to enjoy but a number of the tennis
courts and multi-use-games-areas owned by the
council were showing their age.
"This is a major investment by the council
to improve free outdoor play areas across the
"It is important we provide facilities and
opportunities for families and young people to
get active and improve their health and
"The usage of these sites has been low for
a long time due to their poor condition. Some of
the sites were full of potholes which have now
been repaired making it safer and more enjoyable
New Local Policing Team launched
10.43am - 1st
A NEW Local Policing Team structure for Harlow and the rest of the county
is being introduced from today.
Each of the ten policing districts, under the
direction of a local Chief Inspector, has a
team of officers responsible for responding to
and investigating crime and other community
The new Local Policing Teams will work from
local stations and operate on a 24/7
The changes will move 500 officers to work under
the direct control of local police
This is made possible by aligning the currently
centrally co-ordinated response officers to the
local policing teams.
The reorganisation recognises the importance of
local policing, clear accountability to
communities and strong understanding local
A policing 'hub' will operate in each district
with each hub, led by a local inspector, and is
responsible for maintaining strong community
ties and working with partners to tackle local
The teams will take a particular interest in
dealing with issues such as anti-social
behaviour, safeguarding repeat and vulnerable
victims and tackling drug and alcohol
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said:
"Local policing is at the very heart of how
I believe the public want policing delivered in
the county. The changes we are making
demonstrate our commitment to local
"The development of local teams, supported
by the new policing hubs, recognises the fact
that communities want officers with good local
knowledge who really understand their local
"Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
visibly patrolling their beat continues to be a
key part of the policing style in Essex.
"I understand and agree with the importance
residents and businesses attach to this local
Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston
said: "I welcome the introduction of a new
model for local policing which will ensure high
levels of local responsibility for responding to
and investigating crime and ASB incidents.
"I'm pleased Essex Police has been
consulting widely with local stakeholders about
"At the heart of the Police and Crime Plan
for Essex is the concept of local solutions for
local problems, and I know Chief Constable
Kavanagh remains committed to this approach.
"Returning officers to local supervision
ensures ongoing ownership of crime and ASB
incidents by local officers.
"I'm delighted that PCSOs remain an
integral part of the local policing model. I
know how highly they are valued by local
communities, and the visible presence they
provide through their regular patrol beats is
"Another key element is close working
between Essex Police and key partner agencies,
such as Community Safety Partnerships, who
together can help build a safer Essex.
"As the local policing model develops,
plans for enhanced and focused meetings between
local officers and PCSOs and the public they
serve will be implemented.
"I see the opportunity such engagement
provides for ensuring local challenges are
addressed and resolved over time as a key part
of the new local policing model."
Dedicated domestic abuse investigation teams,
code named Op Juno, have also been introduced
across the county.
Specialist officers and staff will oversee all
domestic abuse investigations as well as work
closely with partner agencies ensuring the best
possible support for victims and a robust, co-ordinated
response to those responsible.
The Harlow Local Policing Team is led by
District Commander Chief Inspector Alan Ray.
Views sought on future of The Stow
7.41am - 1st
RESIDENTS, businesses and community
groups are invited to have their say on how The
Stow area of Harlow could be improved.
The Stow is 62 years old and Harlow Council is
looking at ways to regenerate and secure
investment to improve the area.
The council is working with Essex Place Services
to produce a Design Framework which will help
A drop-in event for the community to give their
views is being held at the Annexe, Moot Hall,
The Stow, between 1pm and 7.30pm on Thursday
Further consultations events will be held as
With the recent Aldi supermarket opening it is
hoped this will help support and secure further
regeneration of the Stow.
It also highlights the need for a plan to
promote and guide further improvements in the
neighbourhood centre, ensuring a
well-integrated, designed and complementary mix
of uses which is sustainable, best meets local
community needs, supports business and improves
quality of life.
The study will explore a range of issues, likely
to include access, security, future development,
links between different parts of the
neighbourhood centre, the condition of
buildings, and the quality of streets and
Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: "The
Stow was the first neighbourhood shopping centre
in Harlow and will always have an important
place in the town's history. Today it is still a
vibrant place with many local businesses
operating in the area and there is some
community activity but we know it could be a
better place for local residents.
"Recent investment with the Aldi
development gives us the opportunity to
regenerate the Stow and we want to put a plan in
place to help make that happen.
"The first, and most important, phase of
this work is get the views of local residents,
businesses and community groups so we can start
putting options together."
The views and opinions expressed as part of the
consultation will help inform the Design
Views can be made online at www.harlow.gov.uk/spd-the-stow
Completed questionnaires can be handed in at the
drop-in event, sent by post or emailed to the
council. All comments should be returned by
Friday, September 19.
Once proposals for the Design Framework are put
together a formal consultation exercise will be
undertaken to gain local opinions and views on
the proposed content and preferred
Any comments received will be analysed and a
final proposal published.
The plan will be known as The Stow Neighbourhood
Centre Design Framework Supplementary Planning
BREAKING: Nine injured in M11
Paramedic Officer Louise Samouelle said:
"We've taken three patients including two
children to Princess Alexandra Hospital with
"Emergency services worked well together to
deal with what turned out to be a big
"Due to the number of people requiring
assessment we had to move them to a nearby
service station for safety reasons."
AMBULANCE crews are treating nine
casualties after a four-vehicle collision on the
M11 near Harlow.
The crash involving a minibus happened shortly
after 2pm on the northbound carriageway
half-a-mile from junction 7.
An ambulance spokesman said: "Thankfully
there is no-one thought to be seriously injured
but because of the number of people requiring
assessment we've had to move them to a nearby
service station for safety reasons.
"There was extensive damage to the vehicles
but it appears to have been several
GCSEs: Burnt Mill students
BURNT Mill Academy students are
celebrating after helping the school achieve
record GCSE results.
Eighty-six per cent of students achieved five or
more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
A quarter of all students achieved five or more
A* and A grades.
Burnt Mill saw 93 per cent of students achieve C
grades and above in English and 91% in maths.
When headteacher Helena Mills took over just a
few years ago the school only saw 27% of
students achieve the same.
The school has seen its results leap year on
year since, with an improvement of ten per cent
from last year.
Miss Mills said: "We knew we had a great
group of students but with recent education
reforms we had a very slight concern about what
the results might be.
"I had hoped for about 78 per cent which
would have been a small improvement on last
year, but I did not expect 86 per cent.
"Our children and staff work incredibly
hard. All of my staff are in school at 7am
offering extra revision and study opportunities
and students come in to Saturday school to
strive for their absolute best.
"These figures show if you work hard, you
get great results."
Katarina Sucikova joined the school two years
ago from Slovakia, speaking very little English.
She recorded five A* grades, one A, two Bs and a
She said: "The teachers have been really
kind to me. I struggled to understand in my
lessons so got a lot of books to do extra study
at home. It was not just the language; I came
from a school with just 20 students so there was
a lot of change for me. I feel
Among the top achievers were Shannon Haynes two
A*s, six As, 1B, 1C and a distinction) and Jack
Brough (7Bs 3Cs and a distinction).
Green Flag award for nature reserve
HARLOW'S Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has
been awarded a prestigious Green Flag, which
officially recognises it as one of the best kept
green spaces in the country, for the sixth
The nature reserve is among a record-breaking
1,476 parks and green spaces to receive the
national award from environmental charity Keep
The award recognises and rewards the best parks
and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag is a sign to visitors that the
space boasts the highest possible standards, is
well maintained and has excellent
The awards are judged by more than 700 volunteer
experts who assess sites against eight criteria,
including horticultural standards, cleanliness,
sustainability and community involvement.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is maintained by
Harlow Council and volunteers with local
organisation ECCO managing the Conservation
Centre and running community activities as part
of a partnership agreement.
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said:
"This is an excellent achievement for
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve. To carry on
achieving such high standards year-on-year is
testament to the hard work of council officers
and the many volunteers who help maintain the
reserve and ECCO.
"Every year hundreds of children and
families take part in community events at the
reserve organised by ECCO, which plays a vital
role in improving people's health and wellbeing.
"This award recognises and highlights that
people in Harlow continue to benefit from a
green open space of the very highest
Child injured after collision with
ice cream van
8.09am - 21st
THE 22-month old boy who was injured
following a collision with an ice-cream van in
Harlow on Monday is now in a stable condition, a
police spokesman said.
A 22-MONTH-OLD boy is in a critical
condition after being in collision with an ice
cream van in Harlow.
Police were called to Northbrooks shortly before
5.30pm yesterday (Monday) following reports of a
road traffic collision.
The boy was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital
and later transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital
in Cambridge where he remains in a critical
The road was closed until 9.05pm while police
carried out initial investigations.
Knitters to mark First World War
RESIDENTS are being encouraged to knit
poppies for a special display in the entrance of
the Civic Centre as part of Harlow's First World
The community knitting project is being launched
tomorrow (Wednesday) with residents invited to a
special 'Knit In' at the Gibberd Gallery between
6.30pm and 8pm.
Residents can take along their knitting or
crochet needles and get knitting. Knitting and
crochet patterns and initial wool will be
provided along with light refreshments.
Residents are asked to knit poppies over a
12-week period in the run-up to Remembrance
Sunday on November 9. Anyone can take part -
knitting, crocheting or even weaving loom
The poppies will go on display in the Civic
Centre entrance from Monday, October 20.
The project is being run by Harlow Council
chairman Ian Beckett and Harlow Art Trust.
Mr Beckett said: "This will be great way to
bring the community together to create something
to help remember those who sacrificed their
lives for us.
"Poppies are a symbol of remembrance of
soldiers who have died during wartime and each
poppy created will be gradually arranged in the
entrance to Harlow Civic Centre.
"It is hoped this will give a poignant
impression of a field of poppies growing as the
town approaches Remembrance Day."
After the project the poppies will be donated to
the Royal British Legion to raise funds for
their work. It is also hoped the project may
lead to the creation of a Harlow Knitting Group
that might be interested in engaging in future
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Keir Harlow becomes Living Wage
KIER Harlow Ltd has joined Harlow Council
in being accredited as a Living Wage
The Living Wage is an hourly rate (currently
£7.65 per hour, compared to the Minimum Wage of
£6.31 per hour) set independently and updated
annually, based on the cost living in the
The Living Wage campaign has been running for
over ten years and has lifted over 45,000 people
out of poverty. Harlow Council attained Living
Wage Employer status in July last year.
Kier regional operations director John Phillips
said: "We are dedicated to providing the
very best opportunities for our employees, as
well as investing in the communities in which we
"Our commitment to the Living Wage standard
is just a small step in recognising the vital
contribution our staff make to the local
community and our company."
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said: "I
am really pleased to see Kier Harlow Ltd has
achieved Living Wage Employer status.
"This takes Harlow one step closer to
achieving the council's aspiration of making
Harlow a Living Wage town to ensure that
low-paid staff are protected and looked after,
which is something my predecessor, Mark
Wilkinson, had championed in addition to the
introduction of the Living Wage within Harlow
Environment portfolio holder Mark Wilkinson
said: "Paying employees a living wage as a
minimum is fair, increases equality and
independence and has real benefits for employers
and the local economy.
"It's great news that Kier Harlow Ltd has
joined the growing number of organisations
paying staff a living wage."
Town's tributes to comedian and
A 20FT tribute to the late comedian Rik
Mayall has been unveiled outside The Playhouse
The mural, painted by professional artist David
Nash, was given the go-ahead by Harlow Council
after it was approached by the artist who
offered to do the mural for free in return for a
contribution towards paint and a location for
Harlow Council youth and community portfolio
holder Emma Toal said: "At first we had
difficulty finding such a large space for the
mural but we think the town's theatre, which
entertains thousands of people every year, is
the perfect location for this tribute.
"Rik grew up in a village just on the
outskirts of Harlow (Matching Tye) and local
people are proud that Rik is nationally
associated with the town.
"We felt if we could help recognise the joy
he brought to so many people we should do
something. The final result is absolutely
stunning and a fitting tribute to a man who made
The mural has been painted on a large dock door
on the side of the rheatre which is run by
A second mural next to Rik Mayall of the
inventor of fibre-optic cables which powers
broadband - Sir Charles Kao - has also been
Sir Charles invented fibre optic cables while
working in Harlow for STL in the 1960s.
The Sir Charles Kao mural PICTURE
The Ric Myall mural PICTURE
Refurbishment work set to resume on
WORK on the £9m refurbishment of the
Derwent Centre, Harlow, will restart on
September 22 following a delay of almost four
North Essex Partnership University NHS
Foundation NHS Trust says work was
"temporarily suspended" ten weeks ago
while issues with some of the structural beams
The trust's west area director, David Olive,
said: "I am delighted to say that the
issues that were found are now being resolved
and work on this much needed refurbishment can
get back on track."
The Derwent Centre, which is owned and run by
NEP, provides in-patient wards and day centre
facilities for mentally ill patients in west
The refurbished centre will provide two, new
state-of-the art wards each with single en-suite
rooms for a total of 32 patients, together with
their 'hub', where daily activities will take
There will also be lounge space, a dining room
The Derwent Centre will continue to function as
a treatment centre during the building work with
patients and staff continuing to use some parts
of the building while work is carried out.
The refurbishment is expected to take two years
Man arrested over sex assault
released on police bail
DETECTIVES are continuing to investigate
the circumstances surrounding a sexual assault
A 47-year-old woman, who lives locally, was
sexually assaulted in a park off School Lane
shortly after 4.30pm on Sunday, July 27.
A 34-year-old man from Gravesend, Kent, who was
arrested on Monday in Harlow on suspicion of
committing sexual assault has been released on
police bail until Monday, January 12, pending
Police hunt gang who robbed minicab
driver and torched his car
DETECTIVES have released an Efit image of
a man suspected of robbing a minicab driver and
setting his car on fire in Harlow.
The driver had answered a call to pick up a
woman and four men outside the Heart and Club
pub in Pypers Hatch at about 12.40am on Friday
(August 8) but once the five people were in the
cab they demanded the driver's takings and
assaulted him when he refused the demand.
The front seat passenger grabbed the driver
round the neck while others took his wallet and
£190 in cash and a Samsung PDA computer device
The driver, aged in his 50s and from Harlow, was
forced out of the car as the vehicle was driven
away with the five suspects still inside.
Officers later found the £3,000 blue Peugeot
307 estate, index number HK56 OAV, burned out at
Peldon Road, Harlow.
Investigating officer DC Mike Ferguson, said:
"This was a vicious attack on a taxi driver
who had been booked to take five people from the
pub to the Pinnacles. Instead he was assaulted,
robbed, injured then had his car taken and
destroyed by fire.
"All five people were involved in the
robbery but the Efit is of the man who was
sitting in the front seat and carried out the
"The driver suffered cuts and bruises but
did not need hospital treatment, although he was
badly shaken. "We want to hear from anyone
who can identify the man or from anyone with
information about the robbery or when the five
people abandoned the car and set it on
Anyone who can help should contact DC Ferguson
at Harlow CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police efit of front seat passenger click
Man arrested over sex assault
A MAN has been arrested in connection
with a sexual assault in Harlow.
A 47-year-old woman, who lives locally, was
sexually assaulted in a park off School Lane
shortly after 4.30pm on Sunday, July 27.
A 34-year-old man, from Gravesend in Kent, was
arrested in Harlow on suspicion of committing
sexual assault. He is currently being questioned
by detectives at Harlow Police Station.
Traveller issues raised during
COUNCILLORS in Harlow have discusses
problems of travellers in the town with Planning
and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said: "I
welcome the Minister coming to Harlow to see
first-hand the issues that are being caused by
the recent spate of illegal encampments. We made
him fully aware of the anger and frustration
that local residents are feeling.
"It was a positive meeting and showed that
Harlow Council is doing everything it can to
tackle the issue. "The Minister toured the
town to see the current illegal encampment on
Essex County Council land at Passmores School
and examples of the work which Harlow Council
has taken to prevent vehicle access to as much
green open land as possible.
"The council is calling on the Government
and the Association of Police Officers to review
the law and the associated guidance to deal with
"Action needs to be taken to prevent
travellers merely moving from one illegal
encampment to another within communities.
"This issue is of national significance as
many areas throughout the country experience
similar difficulties to those currently being
experienced in Harlow. I stressed this point to
the Minister and he listened."
Mr Clempner added: "The powers that are
available to Harlow Council are being used and
fully considered but we have a situation in the
town where a group of travellers have been here
for more than 10 months and continue to move
from site to site within the town.
"Outside of the current powers, the council
continues to look at every possible legal avenue
to find a solution to this issue."
GP staff learn more about cancer
1.03pm - 7th
PRACTICE nurses and nurse practitioners
from GP practices across west Essex have
completed a Talk Cancer Workshop delivered by
Cancer Research UK.
The group spent an afternoon becoming more
confident talking about cancer as well as
learning more about the disease and what the
benefits of screening and early diagnosis
As part of the workshop the nurses were given
information packs containing leaflets that they
can give to patients who may raise concerns in
Dr Rob Gerlis, GP and West Essex Clinical
Commissioning Group chairman, said: "This
workshop means nurses in west Essex now have the
tools they need to talk confidently to concerned
patients, relatives or friends about
"Their certificates of attendance show that
they can take the crucial message of getting any
unusual changes checked by your doctor early,
into the heart of their communities."
Ingrid Sollis, Practice Nurse at the Hamilton
Practice, Harlow, said: "It was a very
informative workshop and I came away feeling
more comfortable and confident in talking about
cancer with patients at my surgery.
"It gave me lots of ideas about how to
promote cancer awareness, where to direct
patients for further information, and how to
talk more openly about cancer, cancer screening,
treatments and survival rates."
Cancer Research UK delivered the workshop free
of charge to practice nurses from each locality
who will use the training in their day-to-day
work with local people.
The nurses are also now better able to encourage
people to make lifestyle changes, access local
services and visit their GP promptly with any
Talk Cancer workshops aim to equip and empower
community-based staff with the knowledge, skills
and confidence to deliver key messages around
cancer prevention, screening, and early
diagnosis to their patients.
This additional training of practice nurses and
nurse practitioners is part of the CCG's
commitment to promote early diagnosis of cancer
and timely referral to the appropriate
Rapper performs at Farm Fest
3.43pm - 4th
VARIOUS bands performed at the Farm Fest
event in Harlow.
Among them was rapper Jones 2.0 who performed
with others during the second half of the
all-day event at The Square, Harlow.
The event, which ran almost until midnight,
showcased many talented acts such 28 Boulevard,
Harripaul and Jones 2.0 as the headliner.
Local singer and festival organiser Charlotte
Howell said: "It was a great night and
Jones 2.0 was amazing. He will always be on our
list of performers!"
Earlier in the day Jones 2.0 teamed up with the
charity Practical Action to help raise money for
developing countries across the world.
The small but action-packed event at the Harlow
and Essex Community Farm, included a barbecue,
live music and face painting and was attended by
more than 100 people.
Donations were taken and a percentage of all
sales at his stall were donated to the
Jones 2.0 said: "It's great and always
feels good when you try and help those who are
less fortunate, even if it's only small bit of
Through technology Practical Action enable poor
communities to build on their skills and
knowledge to produce sustainable and practical
For more info on Practical Action visit http://practicalaction.org/
For more about Jones 2.0 visit www.jones2point0.com
Police appeal over M11 collision
7.58am - 4th
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a
two-vehicle collision on the M11 near Harlow in
which a woman was trapped.
The collision, which happened on the northbound
carriageway between junctions 7 and 8 at about
11.30am yesterday, involved a silver Citroen C5
estate and a silver and black Mitsubishi
The Shogun left the road and hit a tree.
The Shogun's driver, a 26-year-old woman from
Margate, was airlifted to the Royal London
Hospital, Whitechapel. Her condition was
described as serious but stable.
The northbound carriageway was closed so the air
ambulance could land and for forensic collision
investigators to gather evidence.
Police officers are grateful to motorists who
patiently endured the delays whilst this vital
work was carried out.
Anyone who witnessed the incident should ring PC
Paul Lindup at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on
Essex Police 101.
Woman sexually assaulted by man she
had just met
7.32am - 2nd
A WOMAN was pulled into a wooded area in
Harlow and sexually assaulted by a man she had
met earlier the same day.
Police want to speak to a couple who may be able
to help with their investigation after the
woman, who is in her 40s and from the Harlow
area, was attacked in Harlow Town Park at about
4.30pm on Sunday (July 27).
A police spokesman said the man pulled her into
a big wooded area of the park and sexually
She shouted at him and ran away.
The woman reported the incident to police and is
now being looked after by Essex Police's Sexual
Offences Investigation Team.
Detective Inspector Terry Balding said:
"After the incident the victim ran off down
the path towards School Lane.
"The man then pulled up in his silver car
and asked her to get in but the victim shouted
at him and walked off along First Avenue.
"She saw a white man and woman, who she
thinks were in their 50s, who may have seen or
heard their exchange.
"I would really like them to contact my
team as they may be able to help with
information into the investigation."
The man and woman or anyone with any information
should ring the West Sexual Offences
Investigation Team on Essex Police 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.