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Work on new M11 junction could
start in 2019
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
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
The project will be part-funded by Essex County
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
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
"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
Police renew attack appeal nine
3.16pm - 9th
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
The boy also suffered head injuries requiring
stitches after being hit over the head about six
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
"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
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
Hospice's JanuDry challenge
9.51am - 1st
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
The month long challenge encourages participants
to donate the money they save from not buying
alcohol to support the Hastingwood-based
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
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
"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
For more about the St Clare JanuDry challenge
For more information, or to let the team know
that you will be taking up the challenge, ring
01279 773750 or email email@example.com