More in Common

Sep 11

More in Common

Today was the Chair of Harlow Council’s Annual Civic Service, in St Paul’s Harlow. In the light of recent events, here was my address to the service, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, the High Sheriff of Essex, the Chair of Essex County Council and the Mayors and Chairs of a number of local Councils.   The last few weeks have...

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A great future for Harlow

Jul 29

A great future for Harlow

Such is the rock and roll nature of being a local Councillor, I spent the evening of my birthday yesterday giving the ‘State of the Town’ address at Harlow Council’s Main debate. Here is the transcript of my opening remarks. ———- Well, It’s been an eventful year. For the Council, for Harlow, and for the Country. I am going to...

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Proud of Harlow

Aug 06

Proud of Harlow

Harlow often gets a bad rap. Mainly from people who have never been here, and know nothing about it. Harlow, which celebrated its 65th year as a new town in 2012, has many things to be proud of. From its wonderful green spaces, designed into the very fabric of the town as part of its Master Plan by Sir Frederick Gibberd, its legacy of wonderful public art, including...

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In support of Equal Marriage

Feb 08

In support of Equal Marriage

Yesterday, at the Harlow Council meeting, Councillor Emma Toal proposed a motion supporting the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill that is going through Parliament, and urging our local MP to support its passage. My speech in support of the motion is below Thank You Chair   I want to start by saying that for me this isn’t a political issue and I approach this...

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HMOs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nov 30

HMOs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Some houses or flats that are occupied by more than one household are defined as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The full definition can be found in this booklet. HMOs are subject to additional requirements and in some cases Licensing and/or require planning permission. As a ward councillor I was aware of a number of complaints about specific HMOs, both in my...

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Resigned from Cabinet

Nov 22

Resigned from Cabinet

As there will be some speculation as to the reasons for my resignation from the Cabinet of Harlow District Council, I need to put the record straight. I have resigned as a member of Cabinet on a point of principle, due to my unhappiness at the manner in which the termination of the Contract between Harlow Council and Harlow Welfare Rights and Advice was handled,...

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