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New three-year plan to be agreed for Harlow Council

Economic growth, social cohesion, safeguarding the environment and being an efficient council will form the backbone of a new three-year plan set to be agreed for Harlow Council.

The plans are intended to make Harlow a leading town for families, education, start-up businesses and resident satisfaction.

This forms part of the council’s new corporate strategy, which has been proposed by the Leader of Harlow Council, Cllr Russell Perrin, at the council’s Cabinet meeting on December 2, 2021.

The new strategy will provide the overall direction for the day-to-day operations of the council.

Recently appointed, Cllr Perrin is proposing a new vision and set of ambitions for the council, including:

  • Regenerating and transforming Harlow’s estates and town centre
  • Restoring pride in the streets and estates
  • Radically improving council services while providing value for money for council taxpayers
  • Supporting all residents and businesses now and in the future, as the town recovers from the pandemic

The strategy contains ambitions and work priorities which, if signed off at the early December meeting, will then be delivered by Harlow Council’s seven cabinet members.

Introducing the plan, Cllr Perrin said: “Harlow has been a great place for many people to live and work over the past 75 years.

“If Harlow is to continue being a great place to live and work, if it is to continue to be a place of enterprise and innovation, if it is to continue as a green and pleasant place in our country’s landscape, then it will require the administration I lead to drive its regeneration and renewal.

“This plan shifts our efforts in regenerating our town from low to high gear. It allows us to get on with the job of making Harlow the best town in the country and extending opportunity and prosperity to everyone in our town.

“This is not just another document designed to gather dust, but a clear statement of intent that this Council, working with local enterprise, charities, volunteer groups, partner organisations and all of our people, will truly transform Harlow.

“This council will be the main driver in making Harlow an even better place to be, but, above all else we will be a council that is there to serve the people and businesses of this town. That is what our plan seeks to do and that is what we will deliver.”

If agreed, the final corporate strategy will then go to a Full Council meeting early next year for approval.

Residents and businesses are also being consulted on a separate plan – the draft Town Plan – which covers a number of issues vital to Harlow’s future and asks how the town should grow and develop over the next 26 years.

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