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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Taking action on footpath behind Old Orchard

Sep 27

Taking action on footpath behind Old Orchard

As some my remarks have been reported in today’s Harlow Star, I feel I should publish the full version, that were edited down for space reasons in the Star. My remarks went on to say: Councillor Toal is making this issue a personal priority, and while we can’t just close a public thoroughfare, unlike the previous administration we will make sure that...

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Harlow Gems

Aug 30

Harlow Gems

There are many things that are great about Harlow, some of these include A fantastic centre for innovation, with many firsts, including the first multipurpose leisure centre, the first residential tower block and the great technical innovations that are at the heart of modern communications such as the invention of Fibre Optics (and as our local MP pointed out the...

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Glamorous life of a Councillor

May 12

Glamorous life of a Councillor

Well the local election has been and gone, and a mad, and hectic experience it was too. Having spent months pounding the streets, designing leaflets, organising campaign sessions, it all came down to one day. The day when the electorate put their crosses on the ballot paper and pop it into the box. Or not (more on this later). The constituency of Harlow is marginal,...

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We will remember them

Nov 15

We will remember them

After a busy saturday around Fifth Avenue, Moreley Grove and Rivermill with over 20 Labour activists knocking on over 600 doors, listening to residents concerns and taking notes to take up specific issues, Sunday was spent in more reflective mood. It was wonderful to see so many people turn out at the Harlow Remembrance Day service at Netteswell Cross. In addition to...

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Harlow Council

Nov 09

Harlow Council

On Monday evening, I was selected to be the Labour Party Candidate in Little Parndon and Hare Street, for the Harlow District Council elections in 2012. I am incredibly proud to be selected to represent the Labour Party for the ward I live in. There will be a lot of hard work between now and May, pounding the streets at weekends and in the evenings. The upside is...

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