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DRAFT MINUTES OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
15 April  2019
Held at
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 2BY

 Membership:

Councillor A Munday Chairman   Present
Councillor M Radley Vice Chairman Present
Councillor Mrs J Allen   Present
Councillor Mrs S Dingle   Present
Councillor Mrs S Diver   Present
Councillor C Fox   Apologies
Councillor D Gronland   Present
Councillor D Hume   Present
Councillor Mrs J A Pell   Present
Councillor Mrs E Penn   Present
Councillor Mrs J Sutton   Present
Councillor G Warren   Present

Also in attendance: Public -  Mr Ian Tinton (Chamber of Trade); Charley Goff (Press), Ms Jo Bridgeman, Rob Rayner, Mrs Pat Rayner, Ms Helen Wolf, Mr Graham McCoyd

                                          Mrs S Greatorex – Town Clerk

                                          Mrs J Smith – Minute Clerk

181.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE received from Cllr Fox as unwell.  Apology was noted and approved by Cllr Gronland, seconded by Cllr Munday and carried unanimously.

182.  MINUTES To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14th May 2018.  Minutes were carried with 2 abstentions

183.  HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL'S REPORT. Halstead Mayor, Cllr Andrew Munday, gave the annual Town Council report.  Report attached here

A report from Halstead Town Clerk had been written and circulated.  Report attached here

184.  DISTRICT COUNCILLORS' REPORTS.  Braintree District Council Report attached here

Cllr Mrs Allen gave a report on her duties at District Council.  Report attached here

Cllr Mrs Pell  gave a report on her duties at District Council.   Report attached here

Cllr Hume. said that he had had significant health issues over the past year that had curtailed his Council activities both locally and for District.  He thanked all Councillors and staff for their help and support during this time.  He had taken an interest in local planning issues and was able to advise Town Council on planning matters; he had been kept informed by Members and Officers.  He had been part of the Overview and Scrutiny Group at BDC and also heads the executive Task and Finish group.  It had been a busy year and if re-elected he hoped to be more involved in future.

Cllr Kirby did not attend the meeting

185.  COUNTY  COUNCILLOR'S  REPORT.  Cllr Mrs Joanne Beavis thanked Halstead Town Council for inviting her to attend and give a report.  She said that she now has a role as County Councillor but has worked for some 16 years at District Councillor level.  She said it was a tough job, but she was dedicated and thanked all District Councillors for their support. She had been in post as County Councillor for 2 years and had listed priorities for action - Highways being the dominant cause of complaints from constituents.  Cllr Beavis noted that Essex CC has had excellent reports for children's services county wide, but understood that at local level local issues matter.  She said that with regard to Library Services Halstead had a well used Library that would continue to be run by ECC but that Earls Colne had a much smaller library and voluntary help would be required there.  In all, there had been 21,500 responses to consultation over libraries and these would now be analysed with results being made public by summer. With Highways there are three areas of concern, a) Pot Holes with a 'top 20' list being compiled and some results - namely Oak Road - being completed so far.  b) Footpath defects particularly the area outside W H Smith that was complicated to resolve but she was confident that resolution will come.  The local Highways Panel was helpful, and Cllr Gronland is Halstead TC liaison on this panel.  There are some big issues to be resolved with junctions, signs and bus stops but it is hopeful that positive results will be achieved.  The Salt Plant in Fenn Road was very useful and would aid treatment of roads locally in bad weather.  There would be some devolution of responsibilities.  Some local money to local areas would be piloted as the start of devolvement of funds/responsibilities.  c) Housing.  Cllr Beavis is aware of additional housing that has been approved for Halstead area and noted that there is no Local Plan in place by Braintree DC so there is no way to stop developments.

Cllr Beavis has been working with the Police and is pleased to see that Halstead Fire Station has now offered some office accommodation to Police.  There are now more Police in the Colne Valley area and in Halstead and many more Specials have been recruited.  Essex CC has a programme of training and development and some money from County and Government has been put to combat knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Cllr Mrs Beavis said she has a great civic pride in Halstead and is pleased to promote the town as Best in Britain.  The town is led by Mayor and the recent publication of Town Plan is an example of best practice and is an important document.

The business community in Halstead is thriving and should be celebrated giving local employment to local people. 

Cllr Beavis concluded saying that 16 years ago she entered politics through the Conservative party but has come to the conclusion that at local level party politics get in the way of local democracy.  For this reason, she has decided to stand as an Independent in the forthcoming local elections and would be taking this through to County as appropriate.  She very much looks forward to working with the new Council as elected.

186.  POLICE  REPORT.  Mayor Cllr Munday announced that no Police was present at the meeting as Police do not have enough staff to attend Parish and Town Council Meetings.

187.  COMMUNITY  HALL - Cllr Mrs Pell gave a report which is attached.  Report attached here

188.  PUBLIC  QUESTION  TIME.  There were no questions from public.

There being no further business,  Chairman closed the meeting at   7.52  p.m

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Halstead Town Council FREE event in the park

What's on in Halstead June 2019

What's on in Halstead June 2019

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4th  Halstead U3A  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill   10.00am – 12.00pm

5th  Halstead Flower Club  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill  7.00pm - 9.30pm

10th  Full Council Meeting - Public welcome to attend  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill 7.15pm

12th   Halstead Wine & Social Club  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill  8.00pm – 10.00pm

16th  Halstead Town Council ‘Free Event’ – Essex Police Band - Band in the Park Public Gardens, Trinity Street  2.00pm – 4.00pm

19th  County Lines Drug Awareness- Public welcome to attend Queens Hall, Chipping Hill 7.30pm

19th  Halstead Townswomen’s Guild  St  Andrews Large Hall, Parsonage St,  2.00pm

20th Halstead Social & Tea Dance  - All Ages Welcome to attend  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill 2.00pm Tel: 07834 467136  for details

21st - 23rd  Halstead Flower Festival  St  Andrews Church, Parsonage St,  10.00am – 5.00pm Fri/Sat  & 12.00-5.00pm Sunday                                                                                                      

Halstead Heritage Museum  - open Wednesday & Sunday 1.30pm -4.00p Ring Jim Davis. 07765 406254 for details

WEEKLY   EVENTS

Monday            Halstead Road Runners  - Courtaulds Sports Ground 6.45pm-7.45pm

Monday            Halstead Art Group  - British Legion Hall, The Causeway 7.00pm-9.00pm

Tuesday           Work Club   Halstead Library, Bridge Street, 10.00am -12.00 noon – Tel: 0345 6037628

Tuesday           Gentle Yoga Conservative Club,  34 High  St.  10.30am -11.45am – Tel: 07941 351689  

Tuesday           WW-Wellness that Works Queens Hall  5.30pm -7.00pm – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Tuesday           Adult Latin American Dance Class Queens Hall  8.00pm -8.45pm – Tel: 07834 467136

Wednesday   Halstead Road Runners  -  Courtaulds Sports Ground 7.30pm -8.30pm

Thursday         Slimming WorldHalstead Town Football Ground, Rosemary Lane 9.30am – 11.00am

Thursday         Slimming WorldHoly Trinity School, Beridge Rd 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Thursday         Parent & Child Yoga Conservative Club,  34 High  St.  6.00pm-7.00pm – Tel: 07941 351689  

Thursday         Vinyasa Yoga - Queens Hall  7.00pm-8.00pm  – Tel: 07546 223341 for details

Friday                WW–Wellness that Works- Queens Hall 9.00am -10.30am  – Tel: 08457 123000 for

Saturday          Slimming World Holy Trinity School, Beridge Rd 9.00am – 10.30am

Please note:  The office’s normal opening hours are 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

To have your event in Halstead included in the above please contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480


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Halstead Town Councillors Election Results and Information

Halstead Town Councillors Election Results and Information

Holy Trinity (North Ward)

Election date: 2 May 2019

Electorate: 2557

Ballot papers issued: 711

Ballot papers rejected: 9

Turnout: 27.81%

Results

Candidate

Description (if any)

Votes

Result

AMOS, Pauline

Labour Party

 207

CAULFIELD, Peter Jeremy

Halstead Residents' Association

 484

ELECTED 

DINGLE, Sandra

Halstead Residents' Association

 432

ELECTED

WARREN, Garry John

Labour Party

 242

ELECTED

Holy Trinity (South Ward)

Election date: 2 May 2019

Electorate: 2113

Ballot papers issued: 518

Ballot papers rejected: 3

Turnout: 24.51%

Results

 Candidate

Description (if any)

Votes

Elected

CLAYDON, Peter John

Halstead Residents' Association

 342

ELECTED

FINCKEN, Malcolm John

Labour Party

 165

ELECTED

KNIGHT, Stephen Richard

Labour Party

 125

PELL, Jackie

Halstead Residents' Association

 438

ELECTED


St Andrews (North Ward)

Election date: 2 May 2019

Electorate: 2400

Ballot papers issued: 750

Ballot papers issued: 3

Turnout: 31.25%

Results

 Candidate

Description (if any)

Votes

Result

HUME, David Leonard

Halstead Residents' Association

 469

ELECTED 

KIRBY, Stephen Charles

Conservative Party Candidate

 192

 
MACANDREWS, Gemma Ann McCoyd Independent  164  

MUNDAY, Andy

Halstead Residents' Association

 422

ELECTED

RADLEY, Mick

Halstead Residents' Association

 403

ELECTED
WARREN, Deborah Rose Labour Party  104  

 St Andrews (South Ward)

Election date: 2 May 2019

Electorate: 2033

Ballot papers issued: 595

Ballot papers rejected: 5

Turnout: 29.27%

Results

 Candidate

Description (if any)

Votes

Result

ATKINSON, Janet Doreen

Halstead Residents' Association

 376

ELECTED

GRONLAND, Dave

Halstead Residents' Association

 396

ELECTED

OSBORN, Philip David Argent

Labour Party

 92

 

PYE, Rob

The Conservative Party Candidate

 147

SMITH, Linda Jane Halstead Residents' Association  339 ELECTED

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