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Man charged over six-car collision

11.24am - 11th April 2014

A MAN from Harlow has been charged with driving offences following a six-car collision in Harbert Road, Harlow. 
James Dodge, 39, of Felmongers, is charged with aggravated vehicle taking and property damage, using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving without a licence following the collision which happened on January 31. 
He has been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on April 24.

Winning hospice lottery numbers

11.22am - 11th April 2014

THE winner of this week's £1,000 prize in the St Clare Hospice lottery lives in Epping. The winning number is 589117. 
The £100 prize goes to number 216931. The holder lives in Great Chesterford. 
For information about how to join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk or ring 01279 773730 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm).

Facelift for sculpture site

3.04pm - 9th April 2014

A COBBLED area where a famous sculpture sits has been given a major facelift thanks to Harlow Council and Kier Harlow. 
The 400 sq.m public area in Glebelands - where the Barbara Hepworth Contrapuntal Forms sculpture is located - has been transformed in to a new landscaped area. 
The project, part funded by Harlow Council and carried out by Kier Harlow, involved taking up broken and dangerous cobbles and creating a new green space for residents to enjoy, installing a knee rail wooden fence around the area to protect it from vehicle access, with a pedestrian access way created in the fencing, providing an additional knee rail to protect the sculpture and re-laying a section of damaged paving. 
A council spokesman said: "This is a fantastic transformation that makes a huge difference to this area and really helps enhance and protect this famous sculpture which once again sits proudly. 
"Harlow's sculptures are part of everyday life in Harlow and working with the Art Trust we are always looking to do what we can to ensure they continue to be part of the local community." 
A Harlow Art Trust spokesman said: "Harlow Art Trust is delighted with Harlow Council and Kier Harlow's sensitive restoration of the landscaped area surrounding Contrapuntal Forms, one of Dame Barbara Hepworth's most notable sculptures and one of the most outstanding art works in the town. 
"Originally commissioned by the Arts Council for the Festival of Britain in 1951, this monumental carving in blue limestone was recently cleaned by SculpCons Ltd, an internationally renowned London firm of sculpture conservation specialists. 
"This conservation project was initiated by Harlow Art Trust and made possible by a grant from the Trust with match funding from the Hepworth Estate. 
"The commitment of Harlow Council to improving and upgrading this part of Glebelands is a wonderful example of the public and charitable sectors working together and proof of the seriousness with which the council takes the designation 'Sculpture Town'.

Have a say on Harlow's future

10.05am - 9th April 2014

RESIDENTS and businesses are being urged to have their say on where new homes and new jobs could be created for Harlow as part of the preparation of the new Local Development Plan. 
The consultation, which starts on Monday (April 14), will ask for views on five different examples for how new housing developments could be accommodated within Harlow and possible locations outside Harlow. 
All examples protect Harlow's existing green spaces as much as they can. 
The Local Development Plan will set out how many new homes and jobs are to be provided in Harlow up to the year 2031. 
It will reflect the future needs of the community and businesses, and will provide a framework for the consideration and assessment of planning applications received by the council. 
To achieve the council's key priorities of delivering more and better housing, regenerating the town and stimulating the local economy, evidence shows that between 12,000 and 15,000 new homes and between 8,000 and 12,000 jobs will be required up to 2031. 
Some 4,500 homes in Harlow already have planning permission so locations for a further 7,500 to 10,500 homes need to be identified. 
About 30 per cent of new homes will be affordable/social housing homes to help families and individuals that cannot currently afford to buy their own home. 
The council is required by Government policy to boost significantly the supply of housing to meet the needs of the community, which means that 'no housing growth' is not an option. 
A council spokesman said: "Harlow was never meant to stand still and today Harlow faces a number of issues and development pressures. 
"The council needs to plan for the future by providing development to meet local needs and to deliver the regeneration of the town. 
"Harlow is an important location in the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough corridor and is a key sub-regional centre for employment, especially in technology. 
"If we do not deliver the housing to support regeneration the risk is that Harlow will decline. 
"We all know what new housing and new jobs mean to Harlow so we need as many people from the young to the old and all sized businesses to let us know their views on this vital issue. We want to start a healthy debate on Harlow's future. 
"We need new housing for Harlow people but where should it go?"
The council has published the Emerging Strategy and Further Options document for consultation which provides detailed information on the options for development. 
The document can be read and views given via a questionnaire on the council's website www.harlow.gov.uk/local-plan from April 10. 
Views received by the council will help inform the preparation of the new Local Development Plan and the selection of a preferred development option. 
Further consultations will take place later this year. 
The document will also be available to view in the Civic Centre, Central Library and Old Harlow Library.
Exhibitions will be held throughout the consultation and details will be available on the council website.
The consultation closes on Friday, May 30.

Winning hospice lottery numbers

5.48pm - 8th April 2014

THE winner of this week's £1,000 jackpot in the St Clare Hospice lottery lives in Harlow. The winning number is 512434. 
The £100 prize goes to number 452569. The winner lives in Epping. 
For information about how to join the lottery visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk or ring 01279 773730 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm).

Distribution centre creates two new careers

7.33am - 3rd April 2014

TWO unemployed young people have started new careers in the construction industry thanks to the Poundland Distribution Centre development in Harlow. 
As part of the re-development of the former Pitney Bowes site, developer McLaren Construction and Poundland agreed, as part of the planning process, to create new employment opportunities for Harlow residents during both the construction phase and occupation of the building. 
Partnership work between the developer and Harlow Council has resulted in two local unemployed young people being employed by McLaren as general operatives. 
McLaren saw potential in the pair and one is now in training to become a logistics manager and the other has gone on to become a trained dumper driver. 
James Brandon, from Harlow, said: “I was out of work up until Christmas when I approached McLaren, they took me on and have put me through courses to give me the help I needed to start work in construction. 
"With their help I feel like I’ve got a future career now which can only get better.” 
David Murphy, regional managing director of McLaren Construction, said: “Our construction team, led by Peter Goodman as project manager on site, take great pride in adding possibilities to the local community which is a great benefit to this prestigious project.” 
The company’s commitment to local employment is supported across all of its sites, extending to meet the buyer days, supply chain training and development, apprenticeship and internship schemes. 
Harlow Council is leading a successful partnership including with Jobcentre Plus and Harlow College to work with local developers to ensure that where jobs are created local people are able to access them. 
The council says it is essential that local people benefit from the growth of the town and that it actively encourages all developers to engage with the partnership and assist it in promoting employment and job opportunities where possible. 
Work with the developers and Poundland will continue and the partnership is seeking to ensure that local people have access to the 400 jobs that the distribution centre will eventually create. 
Harlow Council resources and enterprise portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: "I am hopeful that because of our partnership with Jobcentre Plus which has helped these two young people start new careers that the Poundland Distribution Centre will bring even more new opportunities for local people both now and in the future."

Comedian to draw hospice raffle

5.25pm - 1st April 2014

COMEDIAN Ed Byrne will draw St Clare Hospice’s Spring Raffle at the Hastingwood hospice on Thursday, April 17. 
This year the hospice has teamed up with Gates of Harlow to offer the lucky winner a new Ford KA Studio. Second prize is £1,500 cash and third prize is £1,000 of holiday vouchers. 
All the money raised will help St Clare Hospice continue caring for local people with a terminal or life-limiting illness and their families.

Man admits drug-dealing

5.21pm - 1st April 2014

A MAN arrested as part of a police initiative to "enhance the quality of life for people" living in Harlow has pleaded guilty to drug-dealing. 
Operation Hornet was Essex Police's response to community concerns and intelligence following reported Class A drug activity and violence since the beginning of the year. 
On Tuesday, March 4, officers executed search warrants at 31 residential properties under the Misuse of Drugs Act resulting in numerous arrests and the recovery of large quantities of cocaine and heroin.
Michael Adesanmi was arrested on Tuesday, March 25, following further information from residents living in the Passmores area of the town.
The 18-year-old unemployed man, of Brooke Road, Clapton, east London, was charged with three counts of supplying heroin and two counts of being in possession of cocaine with intent to supply. 
He was detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Wednesday (March 26) where he pleaded guilty to the five offences. 
He had been found by police with 72 wraps of cocaine and heroin in his possession. 
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Paul Maleary said: "We would like to again thank the residents and retailers of Harlow for their ongoing support in tackling crime and drug-dealing in the town. 
"The partnership approach to continuing with this success is to make us aware of such criminal activity or suspicious behaviour."

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