Harlow | Jon Clempner

Harlow’s Bright Future – the next 70 years

Feb 12

Harlow’s Bright Future – the next 70 years

Jon Clempner This article is a slight update from the one first published in the Heart4Harlow business and community awards brochure in October 2017 In 2017, Harlow is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its designation as a New Town. There were many community events, supported or organised by the Council, by community groups, faith groups, and individuals. They...

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Why I had to go. But don’t mess up; I’ll be watching.

Feb 01

Why I had to go. But don’t mess up; I’ll be watching.

There has been a lot of speculation about why I resigned as Leader of Harlow Council, as a Councillor, and subsequently as a member of the Labour Party. I had not intended to issue a statement, and just move on, making a contribution to the town and community I love in other ways. There has however been active briefing and misinformation, ranging from it was my free...

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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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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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