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Local Netteswell Councillors’ Report

Netteswell is lucky enough to be in the centre of town with easy access to so many facilities. Many of us will be receiving new Council Tax bills in April. All four authorities have been forced to increase the tax demand due to the severe cuts by the Government to their grants. Essex has found it necessary to increase its tax by 4% and the others, including Harlow Council by 1.5%, and the fire and police authority by 2%. People ask what we get for our money. Let me list what this

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money is spent on locally. The weekly bin collection: Due to your efforts in using the recycling bins, Harlow recycles over half its waste. We are, of course, always looking to do better.

Local schools are probably the most expensive element of Council Tax - about half of what you

pay - goes to education. We have some fantastic primary schools in Netteswell with each of them achieving results that go from strength to strength [Ed. See Schools’ Page re The Downs School’s recent Ofsted inspection]. Burnt Mill Academy has in recent years restored its reputation of highest ranking, not just in Harlow, but with the best schools in Essex. Caring for the elderly in their own homes and in residential homes like Ashlyns is also a

considerable expense. While I would not claim everything is as we would like it in this area, a whole number of services are available to those most in need of these vital services. Leah Manning centre is an example of Harlow Council trying to provide additional activities and support for our senior citizens. The provision of youth care is also important, although somewhat under threat by cuts to

Essex's budget recently. As a community we need to make our voices heard to maintain this important provision. Essex is carrying out a public consultation about youth services until April. If you can find the time, go on line and make your views known. There is also a public consultation about the future of Essex fire service. The third option for cuts

to our local fire station in Harlow could drastically affect the service in the future. If you do not want to see this change, again I would urge you to participate in the survey as your views will count. You voice needs to be heard. Harlow Council is struggling to maintain many of its facilities. The LeisureZone alone receives a

subsidy of £300,000. The Town Park was lucky to win its lottery bid and most of the work there is now completed, but once again maintaining a park to the standard we expect is costly. So next time you say to yourself “what does my monthly tax bill afford?” look around you - these services can only be available to everyone if, like everything else, they are paid for. So at least you may now have a fair idea where all these taxes goes.

Surgeries: Local councillors always like to hear from you and will do their best to make the community work well. Please note due to Local Council elections, the next surgery will be: Saturday 4th June 10 - 11am at The Stow Library. Thereafter, the first Saturday of each month.

Mike Danvers 65 Tunnmeade Tel: 01279 425 934

Waida Forman 16 Holmes Meadow Mob: 07970 732 314 Edna Stevens 210 Fullers Mead

Tel: 01279 324 183

Snow Farm Scout Hut 1st Great Parndon (Beavers Mondays) 1st Great Parndon (Cubs Wednesdays) 1st Great Parndon (Scouts Mondays) Phoenix Explorer Unit (Tuesdays) 7th Harlow Scouts (Thursdays)

First Avenue Scout Hut 21st Harlow (Beavers Tuesdays) 21st Harlow (Cubs Tuesdays) 21st Harlow (Scouts Thursdays) 16th Harlow (Scouts Thursdays)

1st Great Parndon Scouts meet at Snow Farm Scout Hall, School Lane, CM20 2QL Beavers – Age 6-8yrs meet Mondays 6-7.15pm,

leaders Mandy Bullman, Tara Arnold

Cubs – Age 8-10.5 yrs meet Weds 6.30 -8pm (winter) 6.30 – 8.30 (summer), Leaders, Dave Johnson, Mandy New Scouts Age 10.5 – 14 meet Monday 7.30 – 9.30pm, Leaders Neil Curtis, Anneka De’ath, Stephen Varney

Please email Lynn Curtis, Group Scout Leader, for any enquiries: – Page - 12

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