Harlow Alliance Party (HAP) reflect on the outcome of the local elections.

There is no doubt that few if any of those who were in the Leisurezone late on Thursday evening could ever have predicted the outcome of the elections just a few hours later.

Our Party would like to thank all those residents who voted for HAP and congratulate the Conservative Party for their victory in the elections at both Harlow Council and Essex County Council.

But now comes the hard work, meeting the commitments made during the election campaign, changing Labour’s plan for the future of the town and showing that both Parties are not just the same, heard so often on the doorstep from those who no longer vote.

For far to long, the Labour Party and Harlow Council have failed to engage with residents, the former never listened to residents simply because they never asked. The debacle of the empty flats at Prentice Place and ripping up parts of Market Square again should all give clues as to why so many residents turned their backs on Labour

The Harlow Alliance Party will continue to scrutinise Councillors on Harlow Council, just that from now on it will be of Conservative Councillors.

Local Housing Plans do not add up

A letter sent to Epping Forest DC on 14 July and  to Harlow DC on 17 July by the Independent Inspectors of the proposed Local Plans should have sent shock waves to both Councillors and officers at each council because they throw into doubt the validity of their claims for the need to build thousands of homes in the area.

The Inspectors have drawn to the attention of each council the fact that the latest projection by the Office of National Statistics indicates that instead of Epping needing to plan for an extra 14,374 homes in the period 2011 to 2033 based on household projections in 2014, only 6,616 are needed based on these new 2018 projections. In Harlow’s case the 2014 figure indicated that 7,653 needed to be built but the 2018 projection was just 3,094.

This change is hugely important because the Inspector has to take this new information into account as part of “the exceptional circumstances” required to justify the deletion of land from the Green Belt.

In Harlow’s case, their Local Plan already had what is known as an ‘uplift’ of 14%, that is, plans for some 1600 more homes than are needed based on the earlier projections.

Epping DC had until 31 July to respond to the Inspectors letter, Harlow DC until 7 August. Depending on the response, both Inspectors have said they may carry out further consultation with those who have previously participated in the examination. Neither the Labour or Conservative Party have participated before, only The Harlow Alliance Party have done so, meaning we are the only Party who will be able to comment. It will be interesting to see how politicians from the other Parties and indeed the two councils react.

Since it’s inception in January 2018 The Harlow Alliance Parties position has always been that the area of Green Belt  around Harlow should not be built on.

Answers to Quiz #10

Quiz number 10 …. Week beginning 25 May

1 In the film Shrek, who voiced the part of Shrek?

                                                  Mike Myers

2 In what year was Cilla Black born?


3 How long is the Suez Canal?

                                                  120 miles              

4 In what year was Selfridge & Co founded?


5 What item of clothing is an obi?

                                        A  Japanesse sash

6 Which world river discharges the most water?

                                               The Amazon

7 Which European flag has a chequerboard of red and white?


8 What is the largest country in the Caribbean?


9 Columbia has the second largest number of Spanish speakers, which country has the first?


10 In what year did a man first go into orbit?


11 Gulf Air is the flag-carryier airline of which nation?


12 In what year was the UN founded?


13 What colour of tea is ‘English Breakfast Tea?


14 In what year did London host it’s second Olympic games?


15 In what year was The Big Mac introduced to the world?


16 What are the two main colours on the Spanish flag?

                                    Red and yellow

17 In golf what is a ‘toe’?

                                        Tip of a golf club

18 What year did Tony Blair become Prime Minister?


19 By what nickname is Elle Macpherson known?

                                      The Body

20 What colour is the inside of a coconut?


21 What is the major religion of India?


22 How long did the Industrial Revolution last?

                                        70 years

23 The M40 runs from London to which other city?


24 Which London Palace has a maze?

                                     Hampton Court

25 How many Oscars has Tom Cruise won?


26 Which UK monarch was the first to be photographed?

                                        Queen Victoria

27 What was the name of the celtic tribe in Scotland?

                                            The Picts

28 Name one of the two landlocked countries in South America?

                                   Bolivia and Paraguay

29 What year did the Wall Street Crash occur?


30 By which Scotish Islands is Scarpa Flow?

  The Orkneys

31 Which country did footballer Eusabio play for?


32 What year did Lord Lucan disappear?


33 How many locks are there on the Suez Canal?


34 What city in the UK is known as the Athens of the North?


35 Where did Billy Butlin open his first holiday camp?


36 Where did Christopher Columbus come from?


37 When did Bjorn Borg win his last Wimbledon title?


38 What was the Rolling Stones first top 20 hit?

                                        I wanna be your man

39 With which sport do you associate Graeme Dott?


40 What was the name of Clive Sinclairs electric trike?