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Police seize live ammunition

9.31am - 20th January 2019

TWO women have been arrested after police executed a warrant in Harlow. 

Officers went to an address in Dadswood at about 6.30am yesterday (Saturday) and discovered drugs phones, paraphernalia and live ammunition. 

Two women from Harlow, aged 19 and 37, were arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to supply drugs. 

Enquiries are ongoing.

Council seeks meeting over library proposals

10.14am - 19th January 2019

HARLOW Council has written to Essex County Council calling for the proposed closure of libraries in Harlow to be reconsidered. 

The joint letter from council leader Mark Ingall and opposition leader Andrew Johnson has been sent to cabinet member Susan Barker and copied to county council leader David Finch and seeks a meeting to discuss concerns over the possible closures. 

Essex County Council is carrying out public consultation on plans for future library services across Essex until February 20. 

The letter follows a unanimous vote of Harlow Council which agreed a letter would be sent to the county council urging it to keep all of Harlow’s libraries open. 

The letter states: "The planned closure of the Tier 4 libraries at Tye Green and Mark Hall, and the probable closure of the Tier 3 library at Great Parndon, would represent a hammer blow to communities in Harlow.” 

It adds: "Whilst accepting footfall in libraries has fallen, those users that remain are reliant on the services that they provide. 

"The skilled staff in libraries help foster a love of reading in the young, provide a quiet study area for older children and can recommend reading material for the elderly, but libraries provide much more beside.

"Libraries provide access to free broadband, a vital tool for those looking for work, updating Universal Credit applications, applying for school places, even booking school dinners. 

"While many of us can do these things from the comfort of our homes, the least well off in society that cannot afford broadband at home cannot. 

"Libraries also provide important meeting points for the community. 

"Social isolation, particularly that of young mothers, people on limited incomes, and the elderly, is a national concern. It creates costs for other services, especially those associated with mental health. 

"It is the cost to the individuals which of greatest concern though. 

"Libraries provide a warm, safe meeting place which is free at the point of use. This makes libraries an essential service in combatting social isolation which should not and cannot be cut in any attempt to make savings. 

"Libraries are also used as community hubs, occasional gallery spaces and for public meetings.

"Harlow’s county councillors even use our libraries to hold some of their surgeries. 

"We would urge you to look at the approach of other councils who have adapted the service their libraries provide. 

"We understand our libraries need to change, but this cannot be achieved if they are closed."

Council proposes council tax rise and rent reduction

8.48am - 17th January 2019

HARLOW Council’s 2019-20 budget proposals will protect services, protect jobs and create new apprenticeships, the council says.

The budget to be recommended to cabinet next Thursday (January 24) and full council on February 7 proposes a 2% increase in council tax - an extra 9p a week (£4.84 a year) for a Band C household. 

The proposals include no redundancies, cuts or closures to any council-run services, long-term funding for Pets’ Corner, the creation of 11 apprenticeship jobs across the council, funding for Harlow Carnival, Bonfire and Fireworks Night and Christmas lights in the town centre, more money to prevent homelessness, a freeze on council-owned car park charges for the sixth successive year and one-hour free parking to continue in neighbourhood shopping centres and in the Town Park. 

A 1% rent reduction for council tenants is proposed by the council which says it will continue to protect housing services and make plans to build more Council housing. 

The average weekly housing rent will go down from £90.74 to £89.84. 

Funding also continues to be put aside for any further fire safety measures to council-managed tower blocks once the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has concluded.

The budget also includes provision for a proposed increase of £8,000 in the overall allowances budget for cuncillors following an independent panel’s recommendation to increase the basic allowances and special responsibility allowances for councillors. 

If agreed by the council it will be the first increase in the basic councillor allowance since 2010. In 2019-20, £600,000 of savings are proposed to meet reductions in funding and other funding pressures.

The 2% Council Tax increase will generate about £140,000 for the council. 

Resources portfolio holder councillor Mike Danvers said: “We will do everything we can to protect services, protect council jobs and invest in improving opportunities for Harlow. With this proposed budget we are doing all three. 

“The Government has continued to cut our funding and it has been hard to protect services and jobs over the years. 

"Over the last 12 years the council has had to save over £21m to meet government funding cuts. I am pleased we can propose another budget which protects all services, our employees’ jobs and creates new jobs and opportunities for local people. 

Council leader Mark Ingall said: “This budget is good news for Harlow, for protecting services and jobs and creating new apprenticeships, 11 apprentices that will be paid a proper living wage and not the minimum wage. 

"These will be opportunities for local people to start a career working for their town and Council. 

“When protecting services this means no cuts to things like cleaning the streets, grass cutting, community safety, environmental health and waste and recycling services. But it also means we will continue to provide a range of much-loved services, facilities and events for families like the Playhouse, open spaces and parks, playgrounds, the paddling pools, fireworks night, Pets’ Corner, the street carnival and services like the Leah Manning Centre which provides essential daycare for older people in the town. 

“We don’t want to put Council Tax up at any time but you have to make these decisions when there is uncertainty over the future of funding from Government and when you want to help protect services and jobs from any cuts.”

Work planned for pond

12.37pm - 3rd January 2019

A TRANQUIL beauty spot and fishing facility in Harlow is to be restored. 

Work at Netteswell Pond, off Second Avenue, will be carried out with funding from Harlow Council and Essex County Council. 

The project follows the similar restoration over the last two years of Oakwood Pond. Starting this month, the project will aim to cause as little disturbance as possible to wildlife, particularly the fishing stock. 

The restoration includes cutting back large willow trees, which are in danger of collapsing into the pond, as well as scrub and brambles that have been overwhelming the pond area over the past decade. 

The pond will be drained and desilted and excess reeds cleared from areas that have become increasingly congested. 

A renewed sluice will also see the water-holding capacity of the pond greatly increased. This will provide additional flood defences for Harlow businesses and residents. 

Fishing platforms will be rebuilt and old broken benches renewed and litter bins replaced. 

There will be new signs highlighting the wildlife in the area and fishing rules. 

The island in the middle of the pond will be rebuilt, providing opportunities for ducks to nest. New and colourful marginal plants will also be established. 

The current fish stock will be removed and safely stored in holding tanks during the work and will be returned when water levels are restored. It is anticipated fishing will return in early summer. 

Environment portfolio holder Danny Purton said: "I am delighted that at the beginning of the new year we can announce this new project to bring life back to one of Harlow’s iconic pond areas. 

"The pond holds fond memories for local people and it should become a place to be proud of once again so new memories can be created for local families. 

"I know residents will agree that this area is in need of some TLC to create a pleasant environment where families and local people can relax and play.” 

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from both Harlow Council’s flood protection budget and Essex County Council’s Community Flood Improvement Fund. 

The work will be carried out by staff from the Council and HTS, specialised contractors and local volunteers.

Beds boost for hospital

8.41am - 2nd January 2019

ADDITIONAL inpatient beds are to be provided at Princess Alexandra Hospital thanks to a £9.5m boost in Government funding. 

The hospital hopes the additional bed space will help meet demand and reduce waiting times in the emergency department. 

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust chief executive Lance McCarthy said: “It is great news for local people that we have been successful in securing an additional £9.5m of capital monies for 2019-20 as part of the recent national capital allocation. 

"This will be used to further improve and increase inpatient capacity of the Harlow site as we continue to expand and develop our facilities to meet the needs of our patients.”

Employment Minister visits JobCentre

8.40am - 2nd January 2019

EMPLOYMENT Minister Alok Sharma visited Harlow JobCentre with Harlow MP Robert Halfon. 

They toured the building and paid close attention to the Universal Credit area before they spoke with staff to understand how Universal Credit has helped the people of Harlow since its rollout in July 2017. 

Mr Sharma noted that while Universal Credit had not been without its teething issues, the help that it is now providing is great to see. 

Mr Sharma added: "I’ve had a great visit with Rob Halfon to the local Jobcentre in Harlow. 

"It’s been great talking to the work coaches and understanding from them the really positive difference that Universal Credit is making to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people who are getting the one-to-one support which is so important.” 

Mr Halfon said: "I was really pleased to invite Alok Sharma to see Harlow’s Jobcentre. They are doing extraordinary work and have had great results with employment in Harlow and getting jobs for thousands of people across our town. 

"The staff are second to none and are doing everything possible to help those moving to Universal Credit and who have other needs. 

"I believe the Harlow Jobcentre is one of the best Jobcentres in the country by leading the way in the work that they are doing with the most vulnerable in our community. 

"I want to thank and congratulate all the staff for the work that they’re doing."

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