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All set for Harlow Parkrun events
A NEW Year's Day Harlow Parkrun event is
being held to get people active on the first day
on the new year.
The event will start at 10am on the cycle track
near the Greyhound car park.
There is also a festive Parkrun on Saturday
(December 20) at 9am.
Anyone taking part is invited to wear festive
There will be mince pies and runners are
encouraged to take sweets and cakes.
Participants are asked to arrive by 8.40am for
photographs, if they are wearing festive
Anyone interested in participating on the New
Year's Day or at any other parkrun events are
encouraged to register online to get a barcode
required to obtain run times.
All ability levels are welcome.
Parkrun is managed and delivered by volunteers.
If you would like to help, email email@example.com.
for updates on Harlow Parkrun events.
Roadworks suspended over holiday
ROADWORKS at the Harlow Clock Tower
roundabout will be suspended from 5.30pm on
Tuesday (December 23) until 7.30am on Monday,
Essex County Council says traffic management
will remain in place, and subject to inspection
and maintenance visits, include temporary
signals at Second Avenue.
An emergency 24-hour telephone number is
displayed on the signals.
The work on the main A414 through Harlow will
ease congestion to and from the M11, improving
access to the new Enterprise Zone and town
Shadow Minister visits his old
SHADOW Universities, Science and Skills
Minister Liam Byrne returned to the Harlow
school where he studied until 1986.
Mr Byrne, who visited Burnt Mill Academy with
Harlow's Labour parliamentary candidate Suzy
Stride, said: "I am so proud to be here.
The transformation is the ambition to be world
class and for students to compete with the best
on earth. It is inspiring."
He toured the school and saw the classroom where
his late mother taught science.
He was also wowed by the extensive performing
arts facilities added since his time and the
good behaviour and mature attitude of
Students from Years 7 to 11 told Mr Byrne of any
barriers they see to them achieving their career
goals during a group activity, such as
university tuition fees.
He told them: "Everything you have achieved
is a real testament to your amazing teachers who
really love you and cherish you and want you to
be the best you can be.
"Coming back here it feels buzzy and
happening. You have got such amazing ideas and
ambitions for the future. It's incredible.
"One of the reasons I wanted to come back
is I didn't do terribly well when I was here.
Somehow I got into uni and found something I
really loved doing; I did well and got myself a
"I went off to Harvard University in
America before joining the House of Commons ten
"My message is if I can do it, then so can
you. You are more motivated, better trained and
better equipped than I was when I was sitting
where you are.
"The second reason for coming to see you is
lots of people will tell you in life nothing is
possible, when in fact you are in a world of
"I took inspiration from this town. It
didn't matter where I started in life, I was
going to make certain I got as far as I wanted
to go. "Coming back here, I see that lesson
is still being taught."
Headteacher Helena Mills, who presented the MP
with his own Cheshire house tie, said: "I
have been desperate for Liam to return to see
"Once we achieved outstanding status I
started to talk about us becoming world class,
but people didn't really know what I
"Liam has mentioned being aspirational.
It's not just about Harlow, London or even the
UK, but our roles in the wider world and what we
Golfers help raise money for Sam's
MEMBERS of a pub golf society have helped
raised £2,000 for the Friends of Sam's Place
which helps run a youth club for children and
young people with disabilities.
The money was jointly raised by the Cock Inn
Golf Society and staff and customers of the Cock
Inn pub in Cock Green, Harlow.
The Friends of Sam's Place is a group of parents
who work on a voluntary basis with Harlow
Council to deliver a Thursday night youth club
for eight to 19-year-olds.
The money will be used to buy essential
equipment and materials and to fund outings for
all young people who attend Sam's Place.
Sam's Place, based at Harlow Fields School and
College, provides a wide range of opportunities
for social interaction and development for
children and young people with a disability.
Work underway on new council houses
BUILDING work is underway on the first
new council houses to be built in Harlow for
over 25 years.
The council's £2.7m housing building programme
will see 18 two-bedroom homes built on former
garage sites in the town - Fesants Croft,
Felmongers and The Hill.
The homes will be added to the council's housing
stock of some 9,700 properties.
All the new homes will be available to rent and
allocated to families on Harlow's housing needs
The keys for the first home could be handed over
The new estates and homes have been designed by
local architects and are being built by Borras
Harlow Council's housing portfolio holder Rod
Truan said: "We are in year two of our
programme to modernise existing council homes
with our £100m housing investment programme.
"I'm delighted we are now ready to start
building new modern council houses. Together
these two programmes meet our number one
priority which is more and better housing.
"Building new homes is the result of months
of planning and organisation and once finished
this programme will change the lives of local
families on Harlow's Housing Needs
Deputy leader and regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: "This is
a key moment for social housing in Harlow. It
has been over 25 years since the last council
house was built in Harlow.
"This programme will provide new high
quality homes and also regenerate disused or
under-used garage sites making a positive,
visible difference to Harlow.
"This is only the beginning of what we want
to achieve from building new council houses for
Have your say on musculoskeletal
WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
is asking people to share their experiences of
musculoskeletal services as part of a
wide-reaching service review.
Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis,
rheumatism, back pain, joint pain and muscle
pain, are the most common cause of disability in
the UK according to Arthritis Research UK.
Local services within this speciality like
physiotherapy, podiatry and orthopaedics, are
commissioned by West Essex CCG which is
exploring how care for people with these
conditions can be improved.
As part of the review all people aged 16 and
over who have received care in orthopaedics,
rheumatology, pain management, physiotherapy or
podiatry are invited to complete a short
questionnaire or attend a feedback event in
January to help shape the future of the
The questionnaire can be accessed here
Dr Christine Moss, Epping Forest GP and clinical
director at West Essex CCG, said: "Local
people's opinions form the most important
feedback we will receive in this review so we
urge people who have experiences, good or bad,
to share these with us.
"People's feedback is anonymous and will go
directly to the people who organise
musculoskeletal services in this area to shape
the service for the future."
The feedback event will be at Harlow Leisurezone,
Harlow, on January 22 (1.30pm-4pm) with lunch
from 1pm. For more details and to book a place,
email Elisa Berni-Gorton firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring 01992 566138.
The review has been prompted by the West Essex
CCG's ambition to commission more joined-up and
patient-focused care and in doing so,ensure
people in west Essex get the best care possible
with the resources available.
The CCG is also gathering feedback from GPs,
consultants and therapists which will be
reviewed alongside extensive data
The opportunity to give feedback remains open
until January 30.
Work to start on Kao Park
WORK is ready to start on transforming
the former Nortel Telecommunications site on the
Harlow Enterprise Zone into a 21st century
Business Park and Data Centre campus to be known
as Kao Park.
The 35-acre London Road site is to be developed
by new owners HPL who have appointed Goldacre
Ventures to build upon the site's heritage as
the birthplace of fibre optic technology.
It was on the site in 1966 that Sir Charles Kao
first transmitted light over long distances via
optical glass fibres making modern fibre optic
The development moved forward this week with the
appointment of Pryor, a Harlow-based civil
engineering company employing more than 50 local
people, as the main contractor. Pryor has
already started on site to prepare for major
enabling works to begin early in the New
The works will include the demolition of
redundant buildings, providing new utilities
supplies and new road access.
This is the first phase in a programme to create
a premium data centre campus as well as
200,000sq.ft of grade A office space set in a
newly-landscaped business park.
The Kao Park development will occupy the
southern sector of the London Road Enterprise
Zone with a further 35-acre northern sector
being developed by Harlow Council for Med Tech,
Life Science and ICT design and build
The development is financed by the private
sector alongside public sector loan funding of
£2.5m from each of Harlow Council and the Homes
and Communities Agency.
David Bloom, of Goldacre Ventures, said:
"Kao Park is a unique opportunity to
leverage the legacy of cutting edge technology
and develop a highly connected and secure,
state-of-the-art data centre campus that will
attract and service a broad range of tenants for
the Enterprise Zone."
Graeme Howard, managing director of Pryor, said
"The Pryor Group are very pleased to have
secured this prestigious contract in our home
town, where we have been trading since
"We have been working closely with our
supply chain, the majority of which is from
Harlow and the surrounding area, to ensure the
project will be run safely, to time and budget.
We look forward to working with HPL to develop
the site next year.
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said
"This year has seen a real acceleration in
progress to start bringing the Enterprise Zone
to life so I am delighted work is ready to begin
to transform this iconic site.
"The fact that a local firm has been
appointed as the main contractor is also
tremendous for the Harlow economy and is a key
part of ensuring the Enterprise Zone provides
opportunities for local people and local
"Harlow Council is very pleased to have
played a significant role in helping to bring
this development forward and we look forward to
continuing to work with both public and private
sector organisations in the coming years to
ensure its success."
Harlow Enterprise Zone board chairman John
Keddie said: "This announcement heralds the
first major development on the Harlow Enterprise
Zone and two years of extensive background work
have now borne fruit.
"This will pave the way for the creation of
hundreds of new jobs on this site alone and
provide the impetus for the development of the
remainder of the Enterprise Zone at London
"We expect very shortly to be able to
announce further investment by companies
bringing their business to Harlow and 2015 will
be an exciting year for the Enterprise
Charity receives unexpected £5,000
THE Hastingwood-based charity Accuro
(Care Services) has received an unexpected
£5,000 donation from the Donald Forrester
Accuro's CEO Arthur Steward said: "These
are particularly challenging times financial for
many local charities and Accuro is certainly one
"To receive, out of the blue, such a
generous donation as this is a real bonus and we
are very grateful to the trustees of the Donald
Forrester Trust for their support."
Accuro will put the money towards the cost of
maintaining its Under 19 Project which provides
a range of leisure and social activities for
young people aged 11 to 19 with a disability in
the Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden areas that
would otherwise not exist.
The project delivers a range of activities
including: a weekly social club in both towns,
small group outings, one-to-one befriending and,
when funding permits, an annual group
One of the features and strengths of the project
is the significant number of local young people
aged 16 to 19 who act as volunteers.
The Accuro Under 19 Project is currently being
funded primarily by donations and fund-raising
hence the importance and significance of the
donation from the Donald Forrester Trust.
Trust trustee Melissa Jones said: "The
Donald Forrester Trust was set up in memory of
my uncle. I am particularly interested in giving
awards to local charities, especially in these
challenging financial times.
"I really enjoyed meeting the staff,
volunteers and the wonderful young people at
Accuro and I am delighted that our award will
enable their excellent work to continue and to
To find out more about the services offered by
Accuro and how you might consider supporting the
vibrant and valuable local charity visit the
charity's website at www.accuro.org.uk,
or ring 01279 433667.
MP presents his business awards
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has announced the
five winners of his Harlow Business
Mr Halfon received hundreds of nominations after
launching the competition earlier in the
He spent the morning of Small Business Saturday
vsiting the winning businesses to present each
of the owners with their trophies.
The winners were:
Best Retailer - Bernard Chapman Florists
Best Restaurant / Cafe - Bishaal Indian
Best Pub - The Crusader
Best Salon / Hairdresser - Tiara's Hair &
Best Other - Phoenix Theatre School.
Mr Halfon said: "Small Business Saturday is
the time when we are encouraged to shop local
and support the small businesses in our
"I was really pleased to visit these five
outlets in particular, which the people of
Harlow chose to be the very best in their
"I would also like to congratulate all of
the other businesses that were nominated.
Regardless of who took the top spot, all of them
are a part of our town's success.
"We also mustn't forget the local residents
who took the time to make the nominations. I am
hugely grateful to everyone who took
Everyone who nominated a business will be
entered into a prize draw for a £50 shopping
voucher and a collectable wristwatch.
Students study war with visits and
YEAR 7 and 8 students at Burnt Mill
Academy, Harlow, have been learning all about
the issues the First World War brought to the
A drama company put on a performance on pacifism
in the First World War and looked at the
religious reasons for some people not
Pupils from primary schools within the Burnt
Mill Co-operative Academy Trust were given roles
in the performance, along with Burnt Mill
Year 8 students visited the Imperial War Museum
where they took part in workshops looking at war
from personal perspectives before donning white
gloves and handling wartime artefacts.
The Muddy Choir visited the school and performed
a short play on trench warfare before a question
and answer session.
Assistant head of humanities Robyn McDonald
said: "It's a very important year with the
100th anniversary and so we are putting on lots
of events and activities to help our students to
"The trip to the Imperial War Museum was
the best trip I have ever been on."
Funding boost for town attractions
HARLOW Council will continue to provide
funding for community-run services Harlow Museum
and the Gibberd Gallery.
In 2012 Harlow Council transferred the Gibberd
Gallery, Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, Harlow
Museum and Town Park events to external
organisations and provided funding for three
This week the cabinet agreed to grant a further
three years' funding, from April 2015, worth
£195,000, to Science Alive to provide the
museum service (including building and
Funding of £45,000 has also been allocated to
Harlow Art Trust for the Gibberd Gallery and a
further £21,000 could be allocated to the Trust
for weekend opening of the Gallery.
The money is coming from the council's
Discretionary Services Fund. Parndon Wood Nature
Reserve, operated by Environment Conservation
Cooperative (ECCO), and Town Park events,
provided by Great Parndon Community Association
(GPCA), will be financially self-sufficient from
April 2015 and require no further funding from
the council. However the council will continue
to work with these organisations to oversee the
delivery of services.
Youth and community portfolio holder Emma Toal
said: "ECCO and the GPCA will continue to
run Parndon Wood Nature Reserve and the event
service as part of their overall business plans
with no future funding from the council.
"The Museum and Gibberd Gallery are
operated differently by small charities that
rely on external partnership funding therefore
both ScienceAlive and Harlow Art Trust will
continue to require some funding.
"The money we are granting will not only
enable these services to continue to be provided
but allows organisations to develop and improve
them and plan ahead."
Although there is money in the council's
Discretionary Services Fund to continue directly
funding Pets' Corner, the Playhouse and the
Paddling Pools for at least the next three
years, the council will continue to actively
explore how these services are best
Council leader Jon Clempner said: "When the
public budget consultation findings were
released in September I said we would take time
to consider our priorities and that we will also
be thinking about delivering or funding services
in different ways in a way that is sustainable
and fair, and reflects as much as is possible
the views of residents.
"Now we have reviewed the funding
requirements of the transferred discretionary
services, work will continue on looking at how
Pets' Corner, the Playhouse and the Paddling
Pools are provided and funded in future."
Police officer praised for
A HARLOW police officer has been praised
after he performed life-saving CPR on a man who
had collapsed while cycling in the town.
PC Lee Sheppard, 42, of the Harlow Local
Policing Team, was flagged down after the man in
his 50s collapsed in Post Office Road shortly
after 1pm on Saturday (December 6).
PC Sheppard said: "Luckily I was really
close to where the man had collapsed and
autopilot just kicked in and I performed CPR
until the paramedics arrived. I just did what
anyone else would have done."
The father of young twin boys acknowledged the
importance of the first aid refresher training
officers receive each year; his was in
He said: "The training we have as police
officers came in really handy and is why I knew
what I needed to do."
PC Sheppard is also familiar with the importance
of administering lifesaving medical help as
quickly as possible due to his wife being a
former emergency medical technician.
The man was taken to hospital in Stevenage where
he is currently receiving treatment. Supt Trevor
Roe, West LPA senior officer, said: "PC
Sheppard's actions demonstrate that he is a
credit to the police service and I'm sure his
quick thinking will have given this man a
greater chance of survival.
"I will be endorsing a recommendation that
he receives official recognition for his efforts
to help this man."
PC Sheppard has served in the Harlow district
since 2007 when he was a PCSO and latterly as an
officer since 2008.
Pitchfork used to break into house
A PITCHFORK taken from a garden shed was
used to break into the house, police say.
A police spokesman said a house in Fennells was
broken into after an insecure shed was entered
and a pitchfork removed between 11am and 3.20pm
The pitchfork was used to open a rear patio
Various items of jewellery, cash, a pair of
trainers and a commemorative American football
shirt were stolen.
Police want to a well-dressed man seen in the
area at about noon. He is described as white,
slim, aged between 20 and 30 with brown hair and
clean shaven. He was dressed all in black smart
Anyone with information should ring PC Moira
Kennedy at Harlow Police Station on 101.
Woman seriously injured in road
A DRIVER has been seriously injured in a
road crash in Hastingwood.
Police were called shortly after 1pm on Thursday
following reports of a collision involving a
silver Toyota car and a white Citroen van at the
junction of Harlow Common Road and Mill
The car driver, an 80-year-old woman from the
Harlow area, received serious injuries and was
taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.
Her condition on Friday was described as
"serious but stable".
The van driver was badly shaken but
Police closed the road until about 5.30pm while
initial investigations were carried out.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about
events leading to the collision, should ring
investigating officer PC Mark Pearce or his
colleagues at the Essex Police Serious Collision
Investigation Unit on 101 or email email@example.com
Tributes paid to "larger than
9.43am - 2nd
TRIBUTES have been paid
to a former Matching parish
councillor and council chairman
who died on Friday.
Alf Drake was a councillor for
many years as well as a school
governor and chairman of the
Matching Green Classic Car
Speaking at last night's
Matching Parish Council meeting,
chairman John Binder said:
"He worked tirelessly for
this council. He was chairman
and a councillor and a school
governor for quite a few years,
and he was chairman of the
classic car club.
"Those who knew him will
say he was 100 per cent behind
what he did. He put a lot of
effort into everything and this
parish will miss him. He was a
larger than life
M11-A414 junction to get £50m
3.47pm - 1st
A £50M upgrade of the M11-A414 junction
at Hastingwood is part of the Government's £1.5
billion roads infrastructure improvements, it
has been announced.
The Government says the work will ensure
"extra capacity" at junction 7
"through significant upgrades and more
Harlow MP Robert Halfon said the improvements to
junction 7, exact details of which have not been
released, will make development easier and
provide quicker access to and from Harlow.
Mr Halfon said the upgrade to junction 7 would
ease congestion, boost local businesses and
benefit Harlow's enterprise zone.
Police launch anti drink-drive
1.48pm - 1st
A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Buckhurst Hill has
been charged with drink-driving - on the first
day of Essex Police's Christmas anti drink-drive
He has been released on bail to appear at
Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on December
The consequences of drink driving last longer
than a hangover - that's the message from Essex
Police as the force launched its Christmas
anti-drink drive campaign.
Essex Police says it takes drink-driving
seriously 365 days a year but is stepping up
patrols in towns with bustling night-time
economies and in rural villages where drink
drivers believe they have less chance of getting
Officers will also be increasing rush hour stop
checks to crack down on people who refuse to
believe they could still be unfit to drive the
morning after a night of drinking.
This year Essex Police has teamed up with other
forces to push home the messages using The
Honest Truth - a road safety campaign created by
Devon and Cornwall Police.
The award-winning campaign uses eye-catching
images of drivers with the heads of animals to
identify poor driving habits including drink
Essex Police's campaign runs from today until
Thursday, January 1, and will use one of The
Honest Truth's animal images to push home its
messages on flyers and social media
The image shows a man with the head of a bulldog
at a Christmas party. In one hand he holds a
glass of champagne and in the other a bunch of
The text reads: "Don't kiss your licence
goodbye. You could still be unfit to drive the
morning after…consequences last longer than
As well as breath tests, officers will be
testing drivers for drug use with roadside
impairment test and targeting those who use the
road to commit other types of crime.
Police are asking people to stop family and
friends getting behind the wheel if they have
had an alcoholic drink, dialling 999 if they
know someone is drunk and they are seen getting
behind the wheel of a vehicle and giving
information about people who regularly choose to
drink and drive by calling Essex Police on 101
or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Casualty reduction officer Adam Pipe, who is
heading up this year's campaign, said:
"Every year I am shocked that some selfish
and foolish people still choose to put lives at
risk by drinking and driving.
"Sleeping it off after a night out or
drinking a strong coffee doesn't mean you're fit
to drive. Alcohol takes time to work its way
through your system and you could find yourself
over the limit the morning after.
"Christmas is a time for fun and
"We don't want to spoil that but are asking
everyone to remember the message of our campaign
because the consequences of drink driving really
do last much longer than a hangover.
"Drinking driving risks lives, not just
that of the driver and their passengers but
other innocent people using the road. It can
result in a criminal record, the loss of a
driving licence or a fine of up to £5000. More
seriously, it can kill or injure someone and
leave the driver facing up to 14 years in prison
and having to live with their actions for the
rest of their lives.
"Please be a safe and responsible driver
this Christmas, please don't drink and drive."
Man, 78, attacked in his home
8.49am - 1st
A 78-YEAR-OLD man has been attacked by
three masked men in his Harlow home.
A police spokesman said it is understood that
three men called at a property in The Briars
shortly before 5pm on Friday, November 28.
They assaulted him and stole items of jewellery
The man was taken to hospital for treatment for
Officers carried out house-to-house enquiries
and preserved the scene for forensic
All three were wearing balaclavas.
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow
CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Appeal follows wine and champagne
8.47am - 1st
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after
two men stole six bottles of wine and champagne
from Fine Wines and Spirits in High Street, Old
The theft happened at about 9pm on Friday
Police say the men left the store walking along
the High Street.
One of the men was white and about 5ft 10ins
tall. He was skinny and clean shaven and spoke
with a local accent. He was wearing a dark blue
hoodie, with the hood up.
The other man was of medium build and wearing a
white hoodie with the hood up and blue jeans.
Anyone with information should ring PC Richard
Canning at Harlow Police Station on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.