Thats right – £3.5 Million to help relieve the congestion on Harlow’s roads.

The money is linked to the Enterprise Zone that the Government awarded us, to help drive the national economy forward. It is to be used to make Edinburgh way improved, and to provide some additional access to the Enterprise Zone areas off Edinburgh way.

It’s much needed cash, and goes to show just what can be done when you have a business friendly council, working with a business friendly MP and a business friendly Government!

You might have seen David Cameron responding to our MP Robert Halfon at Prime Ministers Questions the other day, about Harlow being the best place in the country for business growth.

Jokingly the Prime Minister said “The only way is Essex!”

But he is not wrong, as Amy Childs points out in the Sun, talking about his comment, Essex is a business powerhouse and things are moving in the right direction here, actually helped by Amy and her Towie friends.

Do people still take the mick a bit? Yes.

Are we ashamed of Essex? No!

And frankly if others want to laugh and perpetuate rubbish about Essex just because of petty mindedness, whilst we storm ahead economically, then let them…………..cos obviously they are just well jell!

Today is Harlow’s birthday!

65 years ago today Harlow was formally designated a new town, as part of the government’s scheme to relieve overcrowding in post war London.

Celebrations kicked off in the Gibberd Gallery (which for those who don’t know, is the largest free entry gallery space in Essex) on friday evening, with the creation of a large “65” sculpture and dramtic performances from Livewire.

Today in the town park, along with the Sport Relief run, there were donkey rides and birthday cake (cut by the Council Chairman Mike Garnett) and generally fun for all. We also gave out maps of some of the more interesting features in Halrlow, like the bench where a soviet agent was caught handing over classified material during the cold war, or the details of the first ever residential tower block. Lots happened in historic Harlow.

And lots is happening in modern Harlow too! We may be feeling the age a bit, but underneath, the town in raring to go for the next 65 years!


I went up to Cambridge last night to participate in the BBC One show Our Economy.

The show gathered a panel of 20 experts, business men and women, entrepreneurs, academics and politicians from the region to talk about the economic outlook, and what we were each doing to help the economy.

I was proud to be there representing Harlow, particularly as it has been revealed that Harlow is the most economically prosperous town in the UK, fighting back with the strongest business growth in the UK.

Its great that Harlow is managing to produce so many new businesses, which is partly down to our great location; nestled between London and Cambridge next to two motorways and with the airport just up the road. But it is also due to the Council’s business friendly attitude, and our desire to work with the business community.

It’s really pleasing to see a Council Policy that I insisted on bearing fruit.