HAP Public Meeting – February 9th


The second HAP public meeting was held at the Paringdon Club on Southern Way. It was well attended by over 140 people and generated much discussion. Party leader Nicholas Taylor illustrated to the audience the lack of public consultation by highlighting the housing plans being put in place by Harlow and Epping Forest Councils. To many people this was the first time they had been aware of new housing literally across the road from them!

For those who were unable to attend we have displayed below the images that were used during the meeting.

Residents wanting to sign the online petition that is referred to can do so here.  Or if you want to voice your thoughts then you can contact us here

HAP is a year old!

The Harlow Alliance Party was launched on 26 January 2018 and within days began work to field three candidates in the local elctions held in May. New members have continued join the Party and at short notice HAP fielded two candidates at the local elections held in November. In all, over 550 residents voted for HAP in these elections and the Party hopes to build on this early success in the coming months.

During 2018 The Harlow Star produced a question and answer section for local politicians and HAP provided over a dozen responses, all but one of which were printed, raising the profile of the Party.

HAP along with over 180 residents objected to plans to build on a play area adjacent to Bushey Croft and held a demonstration at the Civic Offices on the night that the Planning Application was discussed. Councillors from both the Labour and Conservative Parties agreed to the officers recommendation to give Planning Permission.

The Party organised a petition objecting to Harlow Council’s Local Plan, which will see a number of play areas and open spaces being turned into housing developments. This was signed by over 380 residents, but despite this, to date these sites remain on the Plan.

The Party will be making representations to the Governments appointed Inspectors who will determine whether Harlow District Council’s and Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plans are compliant. These hearings are due to commence in February.

Bush Fair and Netteswell By-election results, 8 November 2018

These elections took place due to the sudden resignation of the two sitting Labour Councillors. The turn out of voters was very low, in Bush Fair just 20% and only 18% in Netteswell.  Labour were desperate to keep these seats and help to leaflet and canvass across the two wards was provided by Labour supporters from across the country.

HAP contested these seats for the first time. In Nettesewell, Alan Leverett pushed UKIP and the Liberal Democrats into third and fourth place, whilst Nicholas Taylor polled more votes than the Liberal Democrats.

Party Leader Nicholas Taylor gave an upbeat assessment on the progress made since the Party Launch in January. HAP would like to thank the over 550 residents who have already cast a vote for the Party in 2018. HAP is on a steep learning curve and hope to use the experience gained in 2018 to make further progress in 2019.

Welcome to The Harlow Alliance Party

The Harlow Alliance Party is a new local political party formed by residents living in the Harlow area. We will provide a strong independent voice for people that live in the area.

We believe that on local issues, local people should decide without national political party influence.

HAP delivers it’s response to the Local Plan

In May 2018 Harlow Council  published a ‘Pre-Submission Local Development Plan’ which relates to the district and provides a strategy for delivering growth for Harlow up to 2033. The Plan sets out a vision for the future development of Harlow. This includes how many new homes are needed and where development will take place.  The plan can be found here.

Today, Wednesday 4 July, HAP delivered to the Civic Offices it’s response to Harlow Council’s Local Plan Pre-submission consultation document. HAP believes the Plan is unsound for a number of reasons.

With it’s response went two petitions objecting to changing the status of 8 sites from green field and play areas to new housing areas. A total of 383 residents signed these petitions.

Watch this site for further updates.

Harlow Alliance Party Launches

It’s good news for the residents of Harlow as the Harlow Alliance Party officially launched on January 26th 2018!

The Harlow Alliance Party believes that on local issues, locals should decide without national party political influence.

Party leader Nicholas Taylor said

“Harlow Council’s record when it comes to public consultation leaves a lot to be desired and in many cases involves information giving rather than consultation.  In addition, the forums which the council use are very much tenant based rather than resident based and the number of people involved in the whole process is very small.

The Harlow Alliance Party will endeavour to ensure that Harlow Council carries out proper and meaningful consultations with all residents prior to making decisions which affect those residents lives.”