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News from Harlow Council: Free parking periods remain as car park charges reintroduced



From Monday 6 July 2020 charges in Harlow Council-owned car parks in the town centre, town park and neighbourhood shopping centres will be reintroduced.  

However, it will still be free to park for up to 1 hour in the neighbourhood shopping car parks at Bush Fair, The Stow and Old Harlow and free all day at the weekends and after 5pm

It will also still be free parking for up to 1 hour in the car parks in town park, River Way and Burnt Mill Lock and free parking in these car parks for up to 2 hours at the weekends.

From Monday for the free parking period residents will not need to display a ticket, but they will need to register their free parking period upon arrival at a car park via the app or phone number displayed on signage.

The payment machines will remain covered and to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) will not be accepting cash. Payments will need to be made via the MiPermit app, online or via phone or text. Full details can be found on the payment machines.

NHS and other healthcare workers will continue to be able to park for free when carrying out their duties in line with current government parking schemes.

In the town centre the council runs the Post Office Road and Wych Elm car parks.

Full details on car park charges in council car parks can be found at

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

has announced measures to collaborate with business, public sector and community organisations to help the region recover from COVID-19 and to stimulate further economic growth.


With universities encouraged by the Government to play a part in the economic recovery following lockdown, ARU plans to share its expertise and graduate talent in a new business recovery support initiative.

Organisations can apply for innovation vouchers, worth anything up to £5,000 and which must be match-funded by an employer. Companies can use these vouchers to access academic expertise or innovation support. There will also be an internship scheme, whereby eight-week internships for ARU graduates will be assigned to work on business projects and inject fresh ideas.

ARU also offers existing business support schemes, such as KEEP+, which connects small and medium sized enterprises to academic expertise, funded by the European Union. ARU is inviting large and small businesses as well as charities, social enterprises and local authorities to work in collaboration.

Professor Yvonne Barnett, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at ARU, said: “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on businesses in our region, and as a university embedded in our communities, it is right that we do all we can to mitigate these effects and meet challenges head on.

“We are hopeful that organisations from a wide range of sectors will join the conversation and work with us, tapping into the resources we can provide, such as our alumni talent, academic expertise, access to networks and our support for innovation.

“By working collaboratively, we can help the region mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic, both economically and in society as a whole.”

News from Harlow Council: Town park public toilets to reopen


From Monday 6 July 2020 the public conveniences in Harlow town park, adjacent to Pets’ Corner, will reopen.

The council has been working with HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd to reopen the toilets in a way that ensures public safety and to help to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in line with current government guidance. The disabled toilet and gold standard changing places facility will also both be back in operation.

The toilets will operate seven days a week between the hours of 10am and 4.30pm with the following measures in place to protect the safety of users:

  • 2 hourly cleaning will take place of all toilets on site, including disabled and changing places facilities - toilets will be closed briefly during this time
  • ‘one in, one out’ system so that only one individual or family group use the facility at one time, maintaining social distancing
  • Male and female designations for the toilets have been suspended so that both blocks can be used by all and ensure queues move as quickly as possible (disabled facilities continue to operate on the radar key system)
  • Queuing system in place with 2m markers – the queue for main toilet block will run past the walled gardens, for disabled facilities queuing is on pathway leading to Park Lane
  • Installation of paper towel dispensers

Visitors to the facilities are encouraged to use hand sanitiser directly before and after using the facilities.

The arrangements put in place follow government guidance issued on public conveniences on 28 June 2020.

News from Harlow Council: Coronavirus support discretionary grants scheme launched



Harlow based small and micro businesses, which have not be eligible for funding during the coronavirus pandemic, can now apply to Harlow Council for a discretionary support grant.

The council’s Discretionary Business Grant Scheme aims to support businesses that are struggling due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown, but have been unable to access other government grant funding. The scheme follows guidance set out by government.

So far during the pandemic Harlow Council has given extended retail relief to 524 business rate payers totalling around £17.5m. It also received £11.7m in government funding and has granted £11.4m of this to 868 businesses eligible for small business or retail, hospitality & leisure grants. The council has been allocated a £515,500 discretionary fund to support businesses such as:

  • small and micro businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • market traders and street traders with fixed on-going costs
  • properties which are used as bed & breakfast that pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charities in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief
  • businesses that did not qualify for the Small business or Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant and service the retail, hospitality and leisure industry

Businesses can apply for the grant at

The website also includes full details of the eligibility criteria, which includes the requirement to have been trading on 11 March 2020, and the exclusions.

Applications for the grant will close at 4pm on Friday 17 July 2020.

The council will review all applications and notify businesses in writing or by email, shortly after the closing date, if they are eligible for the grant. The council will also notify businesses if they are ineligible for the grant and the reasons why.

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