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Paddling pools to be upgraded to
HARLOW Council's five concrete paddling
pools are to be replaced with 'Splash Parks'
over the next two years.
Paddling pools in Bush Fair, Norman Booth (Old
Harlow), Staple Tye, Sumners and the Town Park
will be replaced.
Currently the town has one popular Splash Park
at Potter Street.
The new Splash Parks will be built in a staged
replacement programme and as well as being open
to the public for longer than the current
six-week holidays, they will have lower
maintenance and running costs than the paddling
Splash Parks are run on recirculated water which
is filtered and treated with chlorine to ensure
they are clean and safe.
The council says they provide a safe and fun
activity for children aged 12 and under and can
be switched on and off in line with the weather
Community and wellbeing portfolio holder Eugenie
Harvey said: "It’s no exaggeration to
describe Harlow’s five paddling pools as ‘iconic’.
They’re one of the first things people mention
when we ask them what they love about our town
and we often hear of parents who played in them
as small children bringing their own children to
play in them today.
"For this reason we’re very excited to
announce this investment which will see the
existing facilities upgraded to modern Splash
"Not only will these new facilities offer
an improved experience, they will be cheaper to
run, safer to manage, better for the environment
and available for use for considerably
"Splash Parks have proved to be extremely
popular in other areas and we’re excited to
offer our residents this experience on their own
"Every child will have the opportunity to
enjoy a wonderful summer holiday even if they do
not leave Harlow; a day at the Splash Park will
be completely free of charge.
"Later this month we will announce our new
Health and Wellbeing strategy through which we
hope to get every resident out and about
enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty of our
"The Splash Parks, which are all located
within playgrounds and parkland, will make a
wonderful destination for a family picnic or day
The council's cabinet agreed to put aside
£750,000 from an underspend in its 2017-18
budgets and will use other funds to pay for the
splash parks initiative which will be put out to
The project will begin after this year’s
paddling pool season.
Boy, 17, arrested after M11 pursuit
A BOY has been arrested on suspicion of
dangerous driving, failing to stop for police,
theft of a motor vehicle, driving under the
influence and having no insurance and licence
following a pursuit on the M11 near
Police signalled to a vehicle to stop at about
12.50pm on Friday.
The car drove off at speed and used the hard
shoulder before officers managed to box the
vehicle in to bring the pursuit to a safe
A 17-year-old boy, from Waltham Cross, has since
been released under investigation.
Schoolgirl hailed a 'hospice hero'
A HARLOW primary school pupil has been
hailed a 'hospice hero' after organising a cake
sale which raised £149.50 for St Clare
Maisy Spencer, seven, who attends Churchgate
Street Primary School, took her parents by
surprise when she said she wanted to hold an
event for the hospice in honour of her grandad,
Chris, who was cared for at the Hospice in 2006,
before Maisy was born.
Mum Lucy said: "We were overwhelmed when
Maisy suddenly announced that she wanted to make
and sell cakes for St Clare because they looked
"Maisy is such a caring child, and always
sees the good in everything.
"She was inspired to raise money for the
hospice because we are often talking about her
grandad, and how special the nurses at St Clare
are, and so she wanted to do something to thank
them - even so many years on."
St Clare Community Fundraising Lead Dani De’ath
said: "We were so delighted to hear that
Maisy held a bake sale for us - coming up with
the whole idea for the event herself.
"Her neighbours were even asking her to
bake extra cakes so they could donate to St
"It is the perfect example of the wonderful
community spirit and dedication which St Clare
was built upon, and on which we still rely
"We truly are a local hospice built and
funded by local people, for local people.
"We are so grateful for the support of our
communities without which we wouldn’t be able
to continue to provide our compassionate care,
free of charge, to those families who need
"Thank you Maisy - we think you are a
Police donate toiletries to Safer
POLICE officers have donated more than
500 items of toiletries to women and children in
refuge in Harlow.
Six boxes of cosmetic items were handed to Safer
Places, a charity dedicated to women, men and
children affected by domestic abuse, following
donations from Essex Police officers and
PC Tristan Carter, who collected the items on
behalf of Harlow’s domestic abuse team, said:
"Refuges provide women and children who are
experiencing domestic abuse a place where they
can stay free from fear.
"Sometimes these women and children flee to
a refuge without a moment’s notice leaving all
their worldly possessions behind. These are the
kind of possessions that we all take for granted
such as clothing or toiletries.
"I started this collection as I wanted to
make a positive impact in the area of policing
that I work.
"I am fortunate enough to be in a situation
where I can help those in need and if this
collection manages to have a positive impact on
even just one person then it has been worth
MP helps celebrate 70th anniversary
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon celebrated the
70th birthday of the NHS at the Harvey Centre in
The event was part of country-wide celebrations
to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Staff from Princess Alexandra Hospital and a
number of health care providers in the
constituency also attended.
Mr Halfon said: "In its 70th year, I've
been working hard to protect our NHS and bring
healthcare in Harlow into the 21st
"In Parliament, my campaign continues to
get capital funding for a new hospital health
campus in Harlow. In fact, in June, I brought
the issue to debate in the House of
"The hospital health campus would bring
together A&E services, GP provision, social
care, physiotherapy and a centre for Degree
Apprenticeships in nursing and healthcare in
"I await the Government's decision on new
hospital capital funding, due this autumn.
"On top of this I was glad to hear recently
of the millions of pounds being newly invested
in the East of England Ambulance Service to
increase the number of ambulances available to
patients in Harlow.
"I’ve also been doing all I can to push
the Government to scrap hospital car parking
charges at NHS hospitals in England. I’ve been
campaigning for this change since 2014.
"The Government brought in guidance to
introduce concessionary rates and limit the
effects of the charges on the most vulnerable.
The trouble is, none of the hospitals have to
"I’ve launched a petition to bring the
issue back to Parliament and will continue to
urge the Government to bring an end to this
stealth tax, once and for all.
"'Protecting Our NHS' has been one of my
priorities since being elected as Harlow's MP.
NHS staff work so hard every day in Harlow.
"I will continue to do all I can to support
them and ensure that Harlow residents have
access to 21st Century healthcare."
Two men to face manslaughter charge
4.50pm - 5th
TWO men have been summonsed to appear at
court after a man died following an assault in
Anton Collins, 26, of Hookfield, Harlow, and
Jack Jordan, 24, of Davenport, Harlow, are due
to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court
next Wednesday (July 11).
Both will face a charge for manslaughter, and
Collins will also answer a charge of causing
actual bodily harm.
Police were called after a fight at the Poplar
Kitten pub in Tawneys Road shortly after 10.40pm
on Thursday, August 17 last year.
Andrew Watt, 48, of Bush Fair, Harlow, suffered
a head injury and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s
Hospital, Cambridge, where he died on Saturday,
Views sought over future of town
8.56am - 1st
PUBLIC consultation on how Harlow town
centre should develop in future has started.
Harlow Council is creating an Area Action Plan
which will guide the future regeneration and
redevelopment of Harlow town centre.
Over the last year the council has been working
with consultants and stakeholders to produce an
Issues and Options report that represents the
first stage of formal consultation for the
The report identifies the key issues, challenges
and opportunities facing the town centre and
sets out different options for the plan to
consider and explore.
Although the council does not own most of the
buildings in the town centre, the plan will
guide how future planning applications are
decided, how the centre develops in future and
the regeneration activity that will take
To help create the plan the council wants to
know what residents, shoppers, businesses, land
owners and organisations think is best for the
The consultation runs until August 10. A series
of consultation events and exhibitions will be
taking place at various locations and include
Wednesday, July 4 (11am–1pm) - Harlow
Civic Centre, The Water Gardens
Thursday, July 5 (1pm–3pm) - Tye Green
Wednesday, July 11 (10.30am-1pm) - Harlow
Thursday, July 12 (3pm-5pm) - Staple Tye
Saturday, July 14 (11am–3pm) - Broad
Walk, Harlow Town Centre (part of the Heart for
Harlow Charities Fair)
Tuesday, July 17 (2pm-4.30pm) - Harlow
Friday, July 20 (10.30am–12.30pm) -
Church Langley Community Centre
Friday, July 27 (1pm–3pm) - Learning
Centre, Harlow Town Park
Tuesday, July 31 (2pm–4pm) - Harlow
Civic Centre, The Water Gardens
July 9-11 - St John’s Arc, Old
July 19-21 - The Museum of Harlow.
Consultation and exhibition materials along with
the Issues and Options report are available
online and comments can be submitted at www.harlow.gov.uk/aap.
Further events are planned and dates and venues
for these will appear on the website.
Environment portfolio holder Danny Purton said:
"We are committed to helping to create a
vibrant, sustainable and successful town centre
and we’re demonstrating this commitment by
developing a separate Area Action Plan.
"The plan will sit alongside the Local
Development Plan as an important planning
document and means we can focus attention on the
development and investment opportunities that
are unique to Harlow town centre.
"We want to see a transformation of the
town centre as place not just for the benefit of
our existing residents but looking towards the
2030s when the town's population will have grown
"It is important that through this stage of
consultation we get the views of as many
residents, businesses, landowners and
stakeholders as possible to inform and help
develop the plan."
Regeneration portfolio holder John Strachan
said: "Over the years there has been much
debate about Harlow town centre and the need for
"Undoubtedly it plays an important role as
both a retail and leisure destination for Harlow
and the surrounding areas but more increasingly
as a place to live.
"By creating the Area Action Plan we can
take control in establishing the town centre’s
regeneration aspirations, guiding development
and promoting the investment opportunities that
"With so many developments in the pipeline
including the Enterprise Zone, Public Health
England’s National Science Hub and the Harlow
& Gilston Garden Town, the town is seeing
and benefiting from major investment and
"This plan is key to ensuring that Harlow
town centre is ready to meet these future
opportunities and once again become a vibrant
place in the heart of the community."
All feedback and comments gathered as part of
the consultation will help inform the
development of the plan.
It is hoped that the draft plan will be
published and further consulted on early next
year. Once adopted the Harlow Town Centre Area
Action Plan will replace existing policies
relevant to the town centre as set out in the
2006 Harlow Local Plan.
Art cafe raises charity cash
8.54am - 1st
AN art café has been set up by Year 9,
10 and 11 students at Burnt Mill Academy to
raise money for charity.
Ninety art, photography, textiles and food
technology students have been working on the
event and had to design a project which would
raise money, and justify why they had chosen the
charity they had.
They presented their ideas to the class and a
panel of judges selected what they thought were
the best ideas.
The Art Café - the first of its kind at the
school - was open on two days where students
displayed and sold their artwork, took
commissions and held a cake sale to raise money
for the Alzheimer’s Society and RSPCA.
ADT teacher Siobhan Brignal said: "This
project was a great success. It was an
opportunity for students to give to charities
which they had personal experiences with and
were passionate about."
Year 9 student Ava Robertson-Gray said: "We
chose to support the Alzheimer’s Society
because my step-grandad died of Alzheimer’s
over a year ago.
"He was in a care home for four years as we
slowly lost him. I cherished every moment I had
with him and chose the charity in memory of
"It is a very important charity to me as
they can help other families and people going
through and suffering from the
The event raised a total of £176.80.