Community Week of Action

Community Week of ActionCommunity Week of Action 2015

Harlow Council and the Safer Harlow Partnership ran a Community Week of Action from 7 to 11 September 2015 to show what is being done to make Harlow cleaner and safer all year round and to highlight how residents can also do their bit to help.

The Community Week of Action saw a range of activities take place including the opening of empty garages being used for illegal storage, checks on cannabis use in properties, measures to deter nuisance motorbikes from green spaces and raising awareness of the cost and impact of fly-tipped garden waste and littering.

Welfare checks on horses which was originally planned to take place during the week will now be on 17 September 2015.

There were also be several environmental projects taking place on most days involving volunteers, including the raising of the Green Flag at Parndon Wood Nature Reserve and improvements to Harlow Town Park.

Red Willow Residents’ Association held a Community Action Day on Thursday 10 September 2015 and a nuisance motorbike prevention action day was held on Friday 11 September 2015 at Latton Common and Latton Woods. Helping older residents feel safe was another focus of the week with a promotion of the Keep Safe scheme and a safe and social information event at St Michael’s Close on Monday 7 September 2015.

Organisations involved in the week of action included Harlow Council, Essex Police, Kier Harlow Ltd, RSPCA, Redwings, Red Willow Residents’ Association, Rainbow Services, Community Payback Team, Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Fire Service. All activity were in addition to the Council and its partners’ everyday work.

Harlow Council has joined forces once again with other Essex Councils and fast food businesses to continue the battle against litter with a new follow-up to last year’s highly successful Love Essex campaign. This year’s campaign reminds people to bin their litter responsibly, or risk a fine for littering from £75. From 24 August 2015 until the end of September 2015 posters and fast food packaging will carry messages to different target audiences, to show that binning your litter is smart, classy, cool, and above all a pretty easy thing to do too. The campaign was officially launched in Harlow on Monday 7 September 2015 as part of the Community Week of Action.

Residents and businesses can follow progress on the Community Week of Action using the social media hashtag #harlowweekofaction

Residents can report litter, fly tipping, broken glass, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, antisocial behaviour (including noise) and hate crime to www.harlow.gov.uk/report

Residents can also get involved in helping to improve Harlow through volunteering; more information on the opportunities available can be found at www.harlow.gov.uk/get-involved