Residents' Association

A Residents’ Association represent the interests of residents in a particular area - normally an estate or group of connecting estates - and can influence local decision making.

Anyone living in the defined area can be a member of the Residents’ Association.

Residents’ Associations usually 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 services.

Why start a Residents' Association?

  • they are more likely to be able to influence change than one individual voice
  • they can influence local decision making about things that affect residents
  • you can meet and share skills with people from your area that you might otherwise never see
  • they help build safer and stronger communities, with residents’ best interests at heart
  • they can become the main local body for consultation when we undertake major projects

Set up a Residents' Association

The Youth and Citizenship Team will provide support and guidance to people wanting to set up new groups.

To set up a Residents’ Association, recognised by us, the group needs to:

  • cover a specific area and be inclusive of all the people within it, with a record of membership
  • aim to improve the quality of life for everyone in the neighbourhood
  • have a Constitution (including a clear equal opportunities statement)
  • have officers, including a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, elected annually
  • have a community bank account with at least two signatories and circulate regular statements to membership

For more information and advice on writing a constitution, read our Guide to setting up a Residents’ Association (pdf)

We offer a small start-up grant to help with opening a bank account and buying essentials.

To apply for a grant, you need to fill out the Residents' Association Start Up Grant Application Form (Word)

Residents' Associations in Harlow

There are a number of Residents Associations already established in Harlow. Please see below for a list of all Residents’ Associations that are formally recognised by Harlow Council.

Ward Resident Association Contact details

Bush Fair

Waterhouse Moor

Chair: Steve Richardson

Great Parndon

Great Parndon

Chair: Brian Weavers
Tel: 01279 418073

Tylney Croft

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Harlow Common Latton Common

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Little Parndon and Hare Street East End, Roydon Road

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Morely Grove

Chair: Dorothy King
Secretary: Belinda Murray

Old Harlow Churchgate Street

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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

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The Youth and Citizenship Team passes on information from third parties to Residents’ Associations in order to make them aware of events happening locally. The team can also supply this information direct to individuals.

Contact the Youth and Citizenship Team to have your name added to the distribution list.

Youth and Citizenship Team

Youth and Citizenship Team
Tel: 01279 446193