Residents Association

Residents’ Associations (RAs) play an important role in representing the interests of tenants and leaseholders in a particular local area (normally an estate) and can influence local decision making about things that affect or interest them.

Anyone living in the defined area can be a member of the RA and there are opportunities for individuals to play a part in running and promoting their group.

Residents’ Associations typically hold monthly committee meetings and at least four public meetings a year that are open to all of their members. Guest speakers are often invited along to talk to members about things of local interest or to promote local or sometimes national services.

Why start a Residents' Association?

  • A RA that is democratically elected is often more likely to be able to influence change than one individual voice
  • A RA can influence local decision making about things that affect residents - for example housing and planning issues 
  • RA’s can work with the Council to address specific issues and seek appropriate solutions that are often community based
  • Residents get the opportunity to meet people from their area that they might otherwise never see and organise social and/or fundraising events
  • A RA enables people on the same estate to share experiences, skills, and knowledge
  • RA’s help build safer, stronger, more involved communities with residents best interests at heart
  • RA’s can lobby for improvements to your estate by talking directly with Council  staff involved in proposed schemes to change the local area
  • Effective, well organised RA’s can become the main local body for consultation when the Council undertakes major projects

Residents Association start up

The Youth and Citizenship Team will be happy to provide support and guidance to people wishing to set up new groups and, depending on staff availability, will help set up and attend an initial meeting.

There are a number of Residents Associations already established in Harlow. Please see below for a list of all RA’s that are formally recognised by Harlow Council after having provided the groups bank account details; details of the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and submitting a written constitution for approval by the Council’s Youth and Citizenship Team.

Registered Residents Associations in Harlow

Ward Resident Association Contact details

Bush Fair

Waterhouse Moor

Chair: Steve Richardson

Great Parndon

Great Parndon

Chair: Brian Weavers
Tel: 01279 418073

Tylney Croft

contact Youth and Citizenship Team

Red Willow

Chair: Melvin Page
Secretary: Lydia Marquer

Harlow Common Latton Common

contact Youth and Citizenship Team

Little Parndon and Hare Street East End, Roydon Road

contact Youth and Citizenship Team

Morely Grove

Chair: Dorothy King
Secretary: Belinda Murray

Old Harlow Churchgate Street

Chair: Robin McCartney
Tel: 07905 762 910

East Park Chair: Janet Snell
Tel: 01279 420558
Mulberry Green contact Youth and Citizenship Team
Staple Tye Berecroft

Chair: Zulqar Cheema
Secretary: Jackie Fitzgerald

Long Banks

Chair: Stephanie Souter
Tel: 07870 957 196


Chair: Derek Coles
Tel: 01279 427585

Sumners and Kingsmoor The Maples

Chair: Sandra Gould
Secretary: Kath Brown
Tel: 01279 431257 / 424788

Toodbrook Bishopsfield

contact Youth and Citizenship Team


Some RA’s have given the Council consent to display their contact details and others have chosen not to. If you would like to contact a RA without contact details above, the Youth and Citizenship Team will be pleased to pass on your name, address and telephone number to the Chairperson of your local group should you wish to speak to someone about joining your local RA or in connection with any other matter.

The Youth and Citizenship Team is often asked to pass on information from third parties to RA’s and this can help keep groups in touch with what is happening locally and raise awareness of events/activities that may be of interest to people living in Harlow. The team can also supply this information direct to individuals who are interested in getting involved in local events - please contact the Youth and Citizenship Team have your name added to the team’s distribution list.

Youth and Citizenship Team

Youth and Citizenship Team
Tel: 01279 446192