Local Councils Award Scheme 2    fb logo



14 October  2019
Held at
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 2BY 


Councillor A Munday Chairman   Present
Councillor M Radley Vice Chairman Present 
Councillor Miss J Atkinson   Present
Councillor P Caulfield   Present
Councillor P Claydon   Apologies
Councillor Mrs S Dingle   Apologies
Councillor M Fincken   Present
Councillor D Gronland   Present
Councillor D Hume   Present
Councillor Mrs J A Pell   Present
Councillor Miss L Smith   Apologies
Councillor G Warren   Present

Also in attendance: Public    Ms H Birch, Cllr Mrs Jo Beavis (ECC), Mr R Craig,    Mr I Tinton, Ms H Wolf,  Mr T Bishop, Mr P Schwier, Ms E Penn, Ms J Godfrey, Mr D Godfrey, Ms M Berry, Mr G McCoyd.

                                           Sarah Greatorex (Town Clerk) 

                                           Julia Smith (Minute Clerk)

105.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.   Apologies were received from Cllr Claydon (work)
Ms Smith (work) and Ms Dingle (work).  Cllr Munday proposed acceptance of these apologies.  Proposal seconded by Cllr Radley and carried with 1 abstention. Cllr Fincken abstained from voting as he voiced concern that some Councillors are absent on many occasions and that ward constituents are not being represented. Cllr Munday acknowledged the issue and clarified that the legal requirement is attendance at 1 in 6 meetings.

106.  DECLARATION OF INTERESTS:  All Councillors declared NPI on Agenda item 5 Planning: 19/01693/FUL as Halstead TC owns car park next to site; Cllr Mrs Pell declared NPI on Agenda item 5a –planning: 19/01641/HH as owner is known; 19/00168/OUT as is member of Halstead Hospital League of Friends and hospital is situated next to application site; 19/01768/HH as friends live close to property. NPI Agenda item 7b as member of Courtaulds Sports Group Management Committee (CSGMC); Agenda item 8 as member of H4C.  Cllr Hume declared NPI Agenda 5a-Planning as near neighbour is known; NPI Agenda item 7b as member of CSGMC.  Cllr Fincken declared NPI Agenda item 7f as person mentioned is known (will remain but not vote). Cllr Ms Atkinson declared NPI Agenda item 5 Planning ESS/69/19/BTE as lives near to site.  Cllr Warren declared NPI Agenda item 7b as member of CSGMC. Cllr Munday declared NPI for all planning items as member of Braintree DC Planning Committee – will leave the room for this item.

Ms Brown was not in attendance.  Matter deferred to November meeting.

107B.  PUBLIC QUESTION TIME: Ms Helen Wolf noted that the area known as ‘picnic area’ adjacent to Halstead Public Gardens has now been incorporated into the footprint of the Public Gardens.  Ms Wolf thanked Cllr Mrs Pell for her work to get this designation.  Ms Wolf also spoke about the Tree Charter which NALC are promoting. It was said that there are various case studies on their web site and various planned planting of trees – in conjunction with the Woodland Trust – are noted.  Ms Wolf asked if Halstead TC can look at this initiative to see how it might be taken forward in the town and also how it might be used when decisions are made about local planning applications.  Cllr Munday asked that Town Clerk look at this report and hoped that it might be discussed at December meeting.  Mr Graham McCoyd spoke about Agenda item 12 – Footbridge and asked if HTC has received the report made after recent inspection and if so would it be made available.  If it is not yet received Mr McCoyd asked if it could be made available as soon as possible and prior to the November HTC meeting. 
Cllr Munday explained that the report was not yet available and would first be taken to the Footbridge Working Group before bringing the matter to November meeting.  He assured Mr McCoyd that the report will be visible to the public when it has been viewed by the working group providing there are no confidentiality issues within the report.  Mr McCoyd asked if the report would be available at the Town Council Office as soon as it had been viewed by the working group, but was told that no commitment could be made on this until the report is received and has been viewed by working group.  Mr McCoyd then spoke about the barriers at the footbridge which, he said, are in an awful state.  He asked if HTC could consult with ECC and press for the area to be tidied.  Mr McCoyd asked if the planning application for 200 houses west of Sudbury Road, Halstead had been recommended for refusal by BDC Planning Officers and was told that this is the case. Cllr Mrs Jo Beavis noted comments by Ms Wolf regarding Tree Charter and said that Essex CC has recently published a Green Charter and have announced funding for tree planting, Cllr Beavis hoped that Halstead TC may apply for some of this funding.  Cllr Munday asked Town Clerk to follow this up.  Cllr Mrs Eileen Penn spoke about the planning application for 200 homes west of Sudbury Road, Halstead and noted the poor access onto a road which has had 5 reported accidents causing personal injury in the last 5 years.  Mrs Penn noted the additional cars with recent developments in the Town and said that traffic will only increase in this area.  Mrs Penn once again asked HTC to press for revision to the Strategic Lorry Route. Cllr Munday said that Clerk will once again press for this revision and report will be made at November meeting.  Mr Ian Tinton said he had attended the recent Police Meeting and noted complaints about speeding cars in Colchester Road.  He spoke about revisions to major roads in the North Essex area, and noted housing developments, industrial developments and less available public transport that is making road congestion worse.  He asked if the A1124 could be upgraded and therefore some revisions to road layouts might be possible.  He spoke about various ‘rat runs’ that are used to try to avoid congestion that is making a burden for rural roads and rural areas. 
Cllr Mrs Jo Beavis said she has set up an appointment with ECC Highways Officer and will note all the above and give a report to HTC.  Cllr Munday asked if Town Clerk could be copied in to the report. Cllr Mrs Pell made a statement about ECC Highways not commenting on various planning applications within Halstead and therefore not giving Officers any assistance with grounds to refuse permissions.  Cllr Pell noted the difficulties on Tidings Hill and Oak Road but said that ECC Highways had raised no objections.  She noted the recent tragic fatal accident on Mount Hill and noted 3 fatal accidents in the recent past but ECC Highways had raised no objections to recent planning applications.  Cllr Mrs Pell said that ECC Highways are not facing up to their responsibilities and are not standing up for Halstead residents.  Cllr Munday, and all Councillors present, voiced agreement with this statement and asked Cllr Jo Beavis to recognise all these points when speaking to Highways Officer.

108.  MINUTES  To approve the minutes of the Town Council Meeting  held on 16th September 2019.  Minutes had been circulated and  proposal to adopt minutes of Town Council Meeting of 16/09/19 was proposed by Cllr Munday  and seconded by Cllr Fincken.  Minutes approved with two abstentions.


Cllr Hume took the Chair for this part of the meeting.

Cllr Munday left the meeting at this point

19/01578/ADV – 95-97 High Street, Halstead, Essex. 1no. Fascia sign and 2no. Projecting signs.  ECC Highways comments about safe passage under overhanging signs was noted.  Cllr Mrs Pell proposed no objections to the application but asked that neighbours be consulted.  Cllr Ms Atkinson seconded this proposal and it was carried by unanimous vote.

19/01641/HH – Parsonage House, Parsonage Street, Halstead. Construction of new garage and demolition of existing.  It was noted that Environment Agency had lodged a holding objection regarding flood risk but had not commented on this application.  Cllr Radley noted that a previous, similar application had raised objections from Essex Heritage and asked if those objections had been addressed.  It was noted that Essex Heritage had now approved the application.  Cllr Gronland proposed no objection to this application.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Caulfield and carried by unanimous vote.

19/01634/FUL & 19/01635/LBC – 36 High Street, Halstead Essex.  Proposed second storey rear extension, internal alterations and change of use from A2 to B1.  It was noted that Essex Heritage have not supported this application on a Grade II listed building.  However Historic Buildings have approved.  Cllr Mrs Pell noted that the application form had not been correctly completed as no owner of the building was shown.  Cllr Radley proposed objection on grounds of visual intrusion in a conservation area.  Cllr Ms Atkinson seconded the proposal and it was carried by unanimous vote.

19/01648/FUL – Land Adjacent 19 Second Avenue, Bluebridge Industrial Estate Halstead. Proposed B2 industrial unit.  Cllr Warren proposed no objection to this application provided that conditions laid down by Environmental Health are observed.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.

19/01693/FUL – Sainsbury’s. 48A High Street, Halstead. Installation of new and replacement plant.  It was noted that this new air conditioning unit would be more visible than the existing installation, but that it would be more efficient and probably quieter to run.  Cllr Radley said that according to drawings the new plant would be a large, visible unit from the rear of the building but noted that this was not grounds for objection. Cllr Fincken proposed no objection to this application which was seconded by Cllr Ms Atkinson.  Proposal carried by unanimous vote.

ESS/69/19/BTE – Halstead Anaerobic Digestion Facility, Land north of Bluebridge Industrial Estate, Halstead, Essex.  Continued operation of the anaerobic digestion plant without compliance with condition 2 (approved details) and 4 (hours of operation) attached to permission ref; ESS/27/18/BTE to allow the installation of ancillary structures/tanks and deliveries to take place on Sundays and Bank/Public Holidays.   Concerns were raised that this would mean 24/7 x 52wks operating of the plant and that permission is for Essex CC to decide.  Cllr Radley said that if permission is given there would be no respite for residents in the area from operations at the plant.  He said that there is no clarification of the hours of work on the application and that HTC would object if operations were to be carried out all day.  Cllr Hume said that there is little information on working hours in the application.  Cllr Warren raised concerns about additional traffic in the area at weekends which would not be acceptable.  Various other Councillors raised concerns about additional working hours and Cllr Fincken noted that it is not clear whether the additional hours would apply only when additional plant was being installed.  Cllr Mrs Pell noted that this is the third or fourth change to the original application and felt that objections should be raised.  Cllr Gronland proposed objection to this application on grounds of unacceptable working hours impacting on nearby residents.  Cllr Warren seconded the proposal which was carried by unanimous vote.

19/00168/OUT – Land West of Sudbury Road, Halstead. Outline planning permission for up to 200 residential dwellings (including 30% affordable housing), planting, landscaping, public open space and children’s play area and sustainable drainage system (SUDS).  All matters reserved with the exception of access.  It was noted that this application is due for refusal by BDC Officers and that the application is raised again for discussion because some limited changes to access have been made. It was noted that HTC voiced strong objections to the previous application and after discussion it was felt that BDC Officers should be supported in their refusal.  It was noted that ECC Highways have not raised objections, although they did object to access to the site to East of Sudbury Road.  Councillors said that additional housing would put further burden on already overstretched  medical facilities in the town and the proposal for S106 monies from this site did not address these concerns and indeed noted spend on facilities out of Halstead.  Cllr Radley proposed that this Council should reiterate the former concerns and object on the previously stated grounds: ‘Cllr Radley proposed Halstead TC's very strong objections to this application on the following grounds:  Site is not in the Local Development Plan and is not required to meet housing targets as per Braintree DC's documentation.  Development would add to the already heavy congestion and difficult road conditions in Head Street and within the Town and there is no additional capacity in health facilities and educational establishments to support this additional development.  Halstead already has a disproportionate burden of additional housing and development on this site would impact greatly on wildlife and on landscape around the town.  The site is archaeologically and historically important and is part of a conservation area.  There is inadequate detail on provision of S106 money and the wildlife survey is not detailed and not sufficiently well documented.’  Cllr Fincken seconded this proposal and it was adopted unanimously.

19/01768/HH – Demolition of side extension and out-buildings and proposed 2 storey side extension. 46 Beridge Road, Halstead.  Cllr Radley proposed no objections to this application and it was seconded by Cllr Mrs Pell.  Proposal was carried by unanimous vote.

Cllr Munday returned to the meeting

109.  A. TO NOTE A REQUEST FROM RESIDENTS OF OAK ROAD. Cllr Hume asked Cllr Mrs Pell to lead on this item and Cllr Mrs Pell said that the residents who were making the request to David Wilson Homes just wanted to preserve their privacy and she felt that this Council should support them in this matter.  Cllr Mrs Pell then proposed that this Council should support residents Mr Bishop and Mr Sweeting in their letter of concern to David Wilson Homes.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Gronland and carried with 1 abstention by Cllr Munday.

Cllr Hume passed Chair of the meeting back to Cllr Munday.


Cllr Munday noted a busy period with various events attended and many upcoming events in the lead up to Christmas.  Cllr Munday proposed that report be noted and proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken.  Vote to note report was unanimous.

111. FINANCE.  Cllr Radley Chair of Finance presented Finance Reports.
a) Income and Expenditure Report for the month of September.   Cllr Radley noted receipt of the second half of Precept amounting to £89,507.  He said that car parks receipts were still on track and that tenancy receipts included an increase on Empire lease.  Expenditure was generally below budget.  Cllr Caulfield asked if any of the unpaid excess charges had been recovered, and Clerk reported that one repeat offender had agreed to settle his account. Cllr Radley proposed acceptance of the Income and Expenditure report.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Munday and carried by unanimous vote.

b) and b(a) List of payments to be approved. Cllr Radley noted part payment for tree surgery work that had been agreed by Council.    Cllr Radley proposed acceptance of items 7b and 7b(a) payments to be approved.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Gronland and carried by unanimous vote.

c) Monthly Reconciliation Report.  It was noted that Current Account was showing an unusually high balance at present due to receipt of Precept but some of this cash will be transferred to Lloyds account to keep below FSCA limits.   Cllr Radley  proposed acceptance of the report.  Cllr Fincken seconded this proposal and it was accepted by unanimous vote.

d) To approve holding of a pre-budget meeting.  Cllr Radley outlined the current budget process which will lead to report at full council meeting in January for approval. Councillors have been asked to put forward ideas for the budget prior to the Budget Seminar so that a draft proposal can be made ready for the Budget Seminar meeting and full debate by all councillors.  Cllr Radley felt that there is no need for a meeting prior to the Seminar as all proposals will be discussed at that meeting.  He offered his time, on a one to one basis to all new Councillors if they required further information. He felt that it may be advantageous to start the Budget Seminar at 6pm rather than the proposed 7.15pm to give more time for discussion and he felt that supporting papers could be released to Councillors 2 weeks prior to Budget Seminar rather than the one week proposed at present.  Cllr Radley moved this proposal for approval. 
Cllr Fincken made a statement that Budget-setting was a most important matter and it is vital that all councillors should be involved and able to influence the process.  He felt it of great importance that priorities were established and that parameters can then be set prior to the Seminar.  Cllr Radley reiterated that all councillors can feed into the process and any changes necessary can be evaluated and made at the Seminar before proposals to bring to Council in January are documented.  Cllr Hume said he had sympathy with Cllr Fincken’s proposal for a pre-seminar meeting which, he felt, could be of use for this year but felt that additional meetings might be difficult to schedule.  Cllr Gronland said he could find no sense for an additional meeting as nothing would be determined before the Seminar at which all could feed in information based on reports circulated beforehand.  Cllr Ms Atkinson said that she would agree that there needs to be structure and a firm base with knowledge supplied prior to the Seminar.  Cllr Munday noted that there have been positive changes to budget process over the years but felt that an additional meeting would not be necessary.  He appreciated that additional time could be added to the Seminar and felt that more information prior to the Seminar would be beneficial and he supported the three points made by Cllr Radley that could be refined each year.  Cllr Warren said that although he agreed with Cllr Fincken’s statement that a pre-seminar meeting would be educational he felt that this should not be given official status.  Cllr Mrs Pell said that she would sympathise with new Councillors but would abstain from voting on this motion as she would be unable to attend on either of the proposed dates.  She felt that there would be ample time for ideas and suggestions to be fed in to Clerk prior to seminar.  Cllr Radley reiterated that no decisions would be made prior to the Seminar and that there would be thorough preparation to enable Councillors to make informed decisions.  Cllr Fincken proposed that a pre-budget seminar meeting should be held as per report 7d and this was seconded by Cllr Warren.  Vote was taken:  2 in favour, 5 against, 2 abstentions.  Motion lost.  The substantive motion on Cllr Radley’s three points was made clear:  Cllr Radley proposed that Budget Seminar should be scheduled to begin at 6pm rather than the 7.15pm time advertised at present.  That the papers should be circulated no later than 2 weeks before the Seminar rather than the 1 week that is current practice and that any new Councillors should be offered training if required.  Cllr Gronland seconded this proposal and a vote was taken: 8 in favour and 1 abstention, motion carried.

e) To propose purchase of replacement PA. A new recommendation was before Council; Cllr Warren noted that a microphone was not included and neither was cabling.  Cllr Warren recommended another unit that, he felt, would be more suitable.  Cllr Munday said that perhaps an additional £200 should be set aside for purchase of mike and cables.  Cllr Caulfield suggested that perhaps radio 2 mikes should be purchased, but it was said that this would not be compatible with system as agreed.  Cllr Mrs Pell proposed that delegated authority be given to Chairman, Vice Chairman Clerk and Cllr Warren to purchase suitable equipment including microphones and cabling for up to £1000.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Warren and carried by unanimous vote.

f) To propose a change of internal auditor.  Cllr Radley noted that the existing appointment for audit had been in existence for 5 years and it was good practice to change auditor after this period. The incumbent auditor had also suggested a change.  The Clerk had put forward an auditor recommended by EALC, but Cllr Radley had researched and found that this auditor had limited experience.  After research he had found another company – Heelis and Lodge who are based in Suffolk. Heelis and Lodge had previously audited for Halstead TC and that has experience of conducting internal audits in larger council audits in Essex and Suffolk and many villages.  Cllr Radley proposed that,

1        HTC appoints a new internal auditor

2        HTC agree to appoint Heelis and Lodge as the new internal auditor from April 2020 subject to satisfactory follow up and an acceptable quotation. Cllrs. Radley and Gronland be given delegated authority to make the final decision

Cllr Caulfield seconded this proposal and it was accepted by unanimous vote. Cllr. Fincken did not vote as he had previously declared an interest.

a)  Verbal  update:  Cllr Mrs Pell read a statement which is attached to minutes and which noted positive joint working between Council and Trustees.  Cllr Munday noted the encouraging report.  Report was noted

b) Working group for the Community Hub: Cllr Radley noted that group is continuing to work on the business case for community hub, and that 3 meetings have been held with another scheduled to continue with due diligence for working with Trustees.  Cllr Munday thanked the working group.  Report was noted

Cllr Munday proposed suspension of Standing Orders to allow report from HAPPY group.  Cllr Mrs Pell seconded this proposal and it was carried unanimously.

113.  YOUTH.  Hannah Birch reported that the free BBQ organised by the Group had been a success, and T-shirts for the group were shown (and said to be popular).  Hannah said that the group will be taking part in the Christmas Fayre and are happy to help in any capacity on that day.  Cllr Munday said that this would be passed on to the HTC representative on the Chamber of Trade. The group will be happy to assist with marshalling at events, and hope to take part in the Remembrance Day events.  It is hoped that a large scale event can be organised for 2020 but proposals and organising it is at a very early stage at present.  The Group is keen to help the Royal British Legion and to promote the Poppy initiative.  They are considering a ‘poppy run’ sometime between 31st October and 11th November – this will be a 5K run that anyone can join in to raise money for RBL.  The group will offer to sell poppies also.  Mrs Eileen Penn said that she is very proud to wear a HAPPY t-shirt and is very proud of the group for their enthusiasm and positivity.  Cllr Munday said he feels that the group is going from strength to strength and have a very positive attitude.  Cllr Caulfield asked for details about the 5K run and it was suggested that it would be excellent if the start and finish could be in the High Street.  It was said that details have not yet been thrashed out, Councillors said they would be happy to assist if required and Cllr Pell suggested that the Halstead Road Runners might also be willing to help.  Cllr Munday said that assistance with town events would be much appreciated. Cllr Munday proposed that this item should be moved to earlier in the Agenda on subsequent meetings.  Cllr Gronland seconded this proposal and it was carried by unanimous vote.  Mrs Penn thanked the Council for this.

Cllr Munday proposed moving meeting back into Standing Orders.   Proposal seconded by Cllr Mrs Pell and carried by unanimous vote.

Cllr Munday had provided written report that is attached to minutes.  (report attached here)

Cllr Radley had also provided written report that is attached to minutes.  (report attached here)

Cllr Mrs Pell read a prepared report 

Cllr Hume said he had little to add to report from Cllr Radley but noted that a Local Development   Plan sub-committee meeting was upcoming.
Cllr Warren asked if a sustainable maintenance programme was in place for the proposed BDC Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park.  Cllr Radley commented that previous parks had been managed (or rather in most cases mis-managed) by developers but that this park would be managed by BDC enabling better control of the development.  District Councillors' reports were noted

A) Police Champions:- Cllr Warren reported a meeting prior to Public Meeting with police who were very willing to talk – once they realised that there would not be additional administrative work involved.  Police said that although they could not now attend Town Council meetings they kept in close contact with Town Clerk,and Cllr Warren felt that there was a willingness to share knowledge and a close co-operation was agreed.  Some boundaries for talks were agreed and Constable Wheeler (HTC Community Support Officer) said he would be able to attend two full council meetings per year (although could not discuss operational issues).  It was said that social media was used by Police to great effect.  6 members of the public attended the public meeting which, it was felt, was positive and many issues have been dealt with since regime of public meetings began.  Speeding on Colchester Road was an issue raised.  Halstead’s new special constable was at the meeting, Halstead now has 2 special constables, it is also hoped to forge a link with Halstead Neighbourhood Watch team.  Cllr Munday felt that this was a positive move and thanked the Police Champions for their work.

Cllr Radley thanked all champions for embracing the concept of Champions that, he felt, was working to great effect.

B) Surgery Champions – Cllr Gronland said that many meetings had taken place and the surgery staff were enthusiastic and hoped that links would continue.  Dr. Kreis hoped to attend the next HTC meeting.  Cllr Munday said that Dr Kreis would be welcomed and he looked forward to presentation from the surgery.  He expressed frustration that S106 money does not seem to be coming through to the surgery – there are now many residents in the Oak Road development but as yet no remuneration has been forthcoming.

C) River Champions – Cllr Mrs Atkinson thanked the River Improvement Group for their work – just 2 weekends had seen a transformation on the banks of the river by the group in conjunction with the Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust.  Cllr Atkinson thanked Braintree DC for their assistance with removing green waste.  Cllr Munday sent thanks from Halstead TC to the group for their work and Cllr Caulfield noted the lively Facebook page hosted by the group that has had much response from the public.

D) Education Champions – Cllr Caulfield noted that there are 3 junior schools within Halstead with whom the group wants to liaise, but that they would not be speaking to Richard de Clare school at present.  Holy Trinity School will be contacted and St. Andrew’s School have already given a positive response to enquiries.  It is also hoped to speak with Ramsey Academy.  Cllr Mrs Atkinson reminded the group that many children from Halstead attend outlying village schools, but it was said that Halstead Councillors could not contact schools in other parishes.  Cllr Radley noted that ECC give primary schools in Halstead as including Gosfield school. 

Cllr Munday thanked all Champions for their reports and for their work. Reports were noted

116.  UPDATE ON THE FOOTBRIDGE Cllr Munday referred to the Footbridge update report (agenda item 12) and said that the survey was now complete and the technical report is awaited.  When the technical report is produced, a meeting of the Working Group will be called prior to bringing conclusions to Council.   Cllr Mrs Pell proposed noting of the report.  Cllr Hume seconded this proposal that was carried by unanimous vote.

117.  TO APPROVE DATES FOR STAFF ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS.  Cllr Munday said that the meetings should go ahead as planned and that there was no need for the clause regarding a need as he felt that there was always something to discuss.  Cllr Radley said that setting dates for meetings is a positive step and meetings should proceed as noted.  He said that other Councils have such meetings quarterly and matters such as training, performance, contracts, etc. are discussed; he felt that Halstead TC should follow this model as best practice.  Cllr Munday proposed that Staff Advisory Committee Meetings should be held on dates as listed on the report and with his proposed amendment.  Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.

128.  TO APPROVE DATES FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS 2020/21.  Dates were listed on report.  Cllr Fincken said that list of dates should incorporate Staff Advisory Committee Dates.  Cllr Radley agreed but said that the list should include Full Council meetings, Finance, Planning and Staff Advisory Committee Meetings.  Cllr Fincken proposed acceptance of report with the above amendments and this proposal was seconded by Cllr Radley.  Proposal was carried by unanimous vote.

129.  EXCLUSION  OF  PUBLIC  AND  PRESS. To give consideration to adopting the following resolution:'that in view of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted and pursuant to the provisions of section 1(2)- of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, as amended, the public and the press be temporarily excluded from the meeting' 

There being no other matters to discuss, meeting closed at  9.11 pm


News and Events

Fusion Lifestyle Project 2020

Fusion Lifestyle Project 2020

Fusion Lifestyle are pleased to be launching Project 2020 at Halstead Leisure Centre in February Half Term

Project 2020  has been made possible by funding Essex Youth Service and will deliver a programme of physical activity and sports to young people aged 13 and over. Sessions will run from Tuesday – Friday during half term and then every Tuesday evening until the end of March 2020. Dates and times are included in the image below.  The project will be free to young people to attend and will be delivered by local providers Active Sports, who will provide coaches to deliver a range of different sports including dodgeball, tactical games and futsal to name a few.

Any young person attending eight out of the ten sessions will be given a free month’s junior membership to the centre.

Bookings can be made in advance at the site, for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         

Halstead Leisure Centre Project

Halstead Leisure Centre Project information

Read more

Leap Year Dance

Over 60's Outings 2020

Over 60's Outings 2020

elegant-old-street-small-townCoach tripseaside

Over 60's Outings 2020 Destinations and Cost

Halstead Town Council will be  arranging five coach trips for 2020 for persons over 60.


13 May - Melton Mowbray

10 June - Hastings 

15 July - Great Yarmouth

02 September - Worthing

14 October - Norwich

The subsidised cost of each trip will be £14.50 per person, per trip.  Persons from outside Halstead Town can travel for £20.00.  Booking forms will be available from the website and Halstead Town Council offices from Monday 27 January 2020.

Read more

What's on in Halstead January 2020

What's on in Halstead January 2020

ice skating1  JANUARY 2020  ice skating2

7th   Halstead U3A  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill   10.00am – 12.00pm

8th   Halstead Wine & Social Club  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill  7.30pm – 10.30pm

9th   Halstead & District Photographic Society  Halstead Methodist Church, New Street – 7.30pm for more info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

13th Full Council Meeting - members of the public welcome, Queens Hall, Chipping Hill  7.15pm

15th Halstead Townswomen’s Guild  St  Andrew’s Large Hall, Parsonage Street  2.00pm

16th Halstead Social & Tea Dance  Queens Hall, Chipping Hill 2.00pm Tel: 07834 467136 for details

16th Halstead & District History Society Annual General Meeting  Baptist Church, Hedingham Rd,  7.30pm  £5.00 for Visitor 

23rd Halstead & District Photographic Society  Halstead Methodist Church, New Street 7.30pm, for more info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Halstead Heritage Museum, Closed until 2 February 2020

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 - Weightwatchers 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 World Holy 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 - Weightwatchers - Queens Hall 8.15am -10.15am  – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

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

Read more

Halstead & District Local History Society January to April 2020


htc shield   


   fb logo   
Halstead Town Council, Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Halstead Essex CO9 2BY
Contact us: 01787 476480, email: townclerk@halsteadtowncouncil.org.uk
All content © 2018 Halstead Town Council. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy l Councillors details l Managed by Lexden Computer Services l