Harlow is a town in the South East of England in the County of Essex.
The town is about 25 miles from the centre of London and 12 miles from Stansted airport.
Harlow is on the borders of the county of Essex and the county of Hertfordshire, so close that while standing in Harlow you can have a foot in both counties.
Harlow has all of the amenities you would expect of a modern town.
Sports are well catered for, a new Athletics track ,plus a new wet and dry centre Leisure Zone replacing the former swimming pool and sportcentre.
See over 100 Harlow Sporting Links
Industry is diverse, many firms taking advantage of the M11 and the nearby A10 linking Harlow with London, Cambridge, Stansted Airport and the M25 & A14.
Harlow now has two enterprise zones
Harlow was one of the first new towns constructed since the Second World War
In 2017 Harlow "new town" celebrated it's 70th birthday.
Harlow's current population is around 89,000 but the immediate local area population would be well over 100,000.
Harlow's population is increasing daily, with over 30,000 new homes built or planned in the area.
In the 1950's the majority of the new town settlers came from North London, around Tottenham, Edmonton and Walthamstow, consequently there are a lot of Tottenham Hotspurs fans within the town.
With so many Spurs fans in Harlow there is a Spurs shop in the Harvey Centre, Spurs Store location map.
When it comes to retail there are two main shopping areas, The High, (town centre) Map and Temple Fields Industrial Estate Map where the larger "out of town" warehouse type shops are.
Harlow Public transport links:
Harlow is served by two stations, Harlow Town and Harlow Mill linking to London and Cambridge, neither station is in the town centre.
In London the train terminates at Liverpool Street and Stratford Stations, the trains are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia
HarlowRide links to all the bus time tables and routes around Harlow.
Metro Cars offer a licensed Private Hire mini cab service. Harlow Black Taxis
Harlow is the main town in the area for the emergency services, the fire and rescue , police and the East of England Paramedic Service all use it for their main local base.
The Police have the Western divisional headquarters in Harlow, covering the areas of Epping, Brentwood, Ongar and as far South as Chigwell.
The Police station is closed of a night time, the best place to find a police officer is the A & E department at the hospital where it seems there is always one or two cars parked up.
The hospital, Princess Alexandra is the main accident and emergency hospital for the area.
As more and more hospitals and A & E services close in North East London and South East Hertfordshire the point will come when Princess Alexandra has no more room, the bed spaces will all be taken, patients might find they spend hours being shunted from one hospital to the next in search of a hospital that will take them.
Princess Alexandra has been forced to cope with more and more patients without significant investment from government.
Care Quality Commission report on Princess Alexandra Hospital
The Stow Library, Bush Fair Library and Staple Tye Library are all under threat of closure.
The main Town Centre library has already been scaled down.
" The main Town Centre library was put up for sale" *.
Conservative run Essex County Council are trying to close even more Community and Culture facilities within Harlow.
Find out more at:
The Four Conservative Councillors representing Harlow are: