HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL
MINUTES OF FULL COUNCIL MEETING
|Councillor A Munday||Chairman||Present|
|Councillor M Radley||Vice Chairman||Apologies|
|Councillor Miss J Atkinson||Present|
|Councillor P Caulfield||Apologies|
|Councillor P Claydon||Present|
|Councillor Mrs S Dingle||Apologies|
|Councillor M Fincken||Present|
|Councillor D Gronland||Present|
|Councillor D Hume||Apologies|
|Councillor Mrs J A Pell||Present|
|Councillor Miss L Smith||Apologies|
|Councillor G Warren||Present|
Also in attendance: Public Mr R Richmond, Mr I Tinton, Ms H Wolf, Ms J Allen, Mr P Schwier, Ms H Birch, Cllr Mrs Jo Beavis (ECC) Pape Gueye (Press)
Sarah Greatorex (Town Clerk)
Julia Smith (Minute Clerk)
084. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies were received from Cllrs Radley (away) Caulfield (away) Hume (unwell) Ms Smith (work) and Ms Dingle (work). Cllr Munday proposed acceptance of these apologies. Proposal seconded by Cllr Gronland and unanimously adopted.
085. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS: Cllr Claydon declared NPI Agenda item 7b(a) as member of Courtaulds Sports Ground Management Committee (CSGMC); Cllr Mrs Pell declared NPI Agenda item 5 - Planning 19/01396/HH as lives on Tidings Hill and objectors are known and also as Braintree DC member; 19/01532/OUT as objectors are known including close relation and also as applicant works at BDC; 19/01499/REM as adjacent owners are known. NPI Agenda item 7b as member of Halstead Hospital League of Friends and as member of BDC; NPI Agenda item 8 as member of H4C; NPI Agenda item 15 as member of CSGMC. Cllr Warren declared NPI Agenda item16 as member of CSGMC. Cllr Gronland declared PI Agenda item 5-Planning 19/01499/REM as development is in close proximity to his property. Cllr Munday declared NPI Agenda item 5 - all planning matters as is member of Braintree DC Planning Committee, will leave the meeting at beginning of this Agenda item, but will return for discussions about public artwork at St. Andrew's Gate development.
086. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
a) Cllr Munday first spoke about the Anglia in Bloom Awards Day on 10th September. Halstead was given a Gold Award and named as Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019. This is the 11th consecutive year that Halstead has been awarded in this way. A complete list of nominations in special award categories was read - 8 nominations in all. Halstead Public Gardens was given a Gold Award in the Medium Parks category; Halstead Cemetery was awarded Silver Gilt in the Medium Cemetery category and Priory Hall was given a Gold Award in the Retirement Complex category. Cllr Munday said that these were excellent results for the town and congratulated all involved.
b) Mr Ian Tinton spoke as resident of Halstead on two matters: 1) the zebra crossing in Bridge Street outside the Library which he feels is dangerous and confusing for motorists and pedestrians. He asked if ECC Highways could be lobbied to make this a pedestrian light controlled crossing. Cllr Gronland asked Mr Tinton to write to him with this point and he will then take to the Local Highways Panel. 2) Mr Tinton spoke about the recent vote by Halstead Councillors on the plan for 3 garden villages in the area and said that a recent letter in the press had seemed to him as an apology for this vote. He said that no Local Plan is in place and this puts additional pressure on already stretched infrastructure and he asked Halstead's District Councillors to revise their opinions. Cllr Munday said that the letter had not been an apology but was a statement of fact. Cllr Mrs Pell said that many local people had contacted her to agree with the stance of Halstead's Councillors and that the vote had been made to stop developments of more than 8000 houses in Halstead that the town cannot cope with. She felt that she and the other three local Councillors had to make a stand against such developments. Mr Tinton commented on the number of new houses in Halstead that remain unsold and was told that the National Government had stipulated the number of houses to be built in the district and BDC was responding in what was considered the most responsible way by proposing garden village developments. Mr Tinton urged Councillors to continue to press for best options for Halstead.
Ms Helen Wolf spoke about the planning application for Crowbridge Farm where proposal is for 40 dwellings. She felt that the transport assessment was flawed and is concerned about pedestrian access to the site where pavements are narrow, overgrown and precarious. She said that the area has parked cars which make visibility exiting the proposed site very difficult, especially at night and that this road is a 'rat run'. Ms Wolf said that the statement of distances of amenities that will need to be accessed from the site are misleading and pedestrian access to amenities would mean several road crossings. Ms Wolf said that in her opinion the site is not sustainable. Mr Ian Tinton said he would like Council to note that muck-away lorries operated by G B Finch use the Chapel Hill/Sloe Hill route to dispose of waste from the Oak Road site and the Sudbury Road area and this aggravates the danger to pedestrians in this vicinity.
Cllr Mrs Pell read a statement from Cllr Caulfield about the Crowbridge Farm proposed development where it was noted that Planning Inspector had refused previous application for 70 homes but it was felt that even with reduced number of dwellings the adverse impact still remains. It was said that the development is outside the boundary of the town and that the two developments (Oak Road and Sudbury Road) that had been permitted were both adjacent to housing estates whereas the site at Crowbridge Farm would mean sprawling into green space. Cllr Caulfield said there would be significant environmental impact with any development at this site. The difficulties of parking in Sloe Hill were noted and the number of collisions and near misses with speeding vehicles was referenced. It was said that children use this area to access schools. Lastly Cllr Caulfield questioned the reference to 'much needed' housing but felt that the current developments satisfied this need and that no more burden on local infrastructure could be tolerated.
Pape Gueye introduced himself as the local reporter for Halstead Gazette.
Mrs Julia Allen spoke about the Local Plan for the Braintree District and noted that the Planning Inspector had recommended that this should go ahead with plans for garden villages to be included at a later date. Mrs Allen asked why Halstead Councillors had voted in the way that they did at recent BDC meeting. Cllr Munday said that it should be remembered that this is a Town Council meeting, not a District Council Meeting and that the Planning Inspector had asked for evidence about Garden Communities in the area. Cllr Mrs Allen felt that residents are not being informed about evidence required but Cllr Munday noted that there is currently information going out to all residents asking for comments and also survey on BDC website and reports in local press asking residents' opinions. Cllr Munday said that the 4 Halstead Councillors had felt that the best way forward was for Section 1 of the local plan (including garden villages) to be agreed and Section 2 of the Plan would follow shortly. He noted that Government requirements for local housing would mean that Halstead would be required to take more and more housing, and infrastructure that is already overloaded would simply crumble. Mrs Allen noted that there is an Agenda Item for tonight's meeting (Item 18) regarding Halstead TC considering the feasibility of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and Mrs Allen asked if this could be brought forward in the meeting so that she could listen to the debate. Cllr Munday noted that the ordering of Agenda Items is purely dependent on when they are requested, but said he was prepared to bring that item forward. Cllr Munday then proposed that Agenda Item 18 be brought forward to be debated after Agenda item 5a. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and unanimously agreed.
Mr Robert Richmond spoke about Agenda Items 17 and 20 and asked if they were related. He asked why the Scheme of Delegation at item 20 was not a public agenda item and said he was concerned that press and public would be denied the chance to listen to debates. He felt that all Council dealings should be open and honest and asked for assurance that this was not an attempt to bring back secrecy to Council dealings. Cllr Munday noted that matters relevant to Agenda item 17 had been agreed in July and that a special motion was needed to allow for further debate within the six month time scale that is laid down in standing orders. The Agenda item in Private Session relates to Staff Review matters and is therefore of a confidential nature. Cllr Munday guaranteed to Mr Richmond that Council dealings will be open and honest.
087. MINUTES To approve the minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on 12th August 2019. Minutes had been circulated and proposal to adopt minutes of Town Council Meeting of 12/08/19 was proposed by Cllr Munday and seconded by Cllr Claydon . Minutes approved by unanimous vote.
Planning Applications discussed at meeting 16th September 2019.
088. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Cllr Mrs Pell took the Chair for this part of the meeting.
Cllr Munday left the meeting at this point
19/01391/VAR - Land East of Sudbury Road, Halstead. Application for a variation of Conditions 10 & 21 of planning permission 18/01749/FUL - revised construction management plan. Short discussion took place. Cllr Fincken proposed no objection to this application and Cllr Gronland seconded this proposal. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
19/01396/HH - Wash Farm Barn, Hedingham Road, Halstead. Erection of a detached cart lodge and alterations to existing garage. Cllr Pell noted no objections on Historic grounds and that some tree conditions had been made. Applicant had taken pre-application advice. Similar proposals had been previously made. After discussion Cllr Fincken proposed no objection to this application. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Ms Atkinson and was carried by unanimous vote.
18/01100/FUL (AMENDED) - Francombe, Upper Chapel Street, Halstead. Proposed new dwelling house. Cllr Mrs Pell noted that this application had been won on appeal and that this is a revised application along similar lines. It was noted that some conditions had been made; Halstead TC had raised objections to the application in July 2018. After discussions Cllr Ms Atkinson proposed no objection to this application. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Gronland and carried by unanimous vote.
18/01876/OUT (AMENDED) - Land North of Oak Road, Halstead. Outline planning application (all matters reserved) for up to 70 residential dwellings, public open space and associated development. It was noted that the original application was for 50 dwellings and objections had been raised by Council to this application. It would seem that nothing has changed and residents in the area have major concerns about flooding. Cllr Mrs Pell said that roads in the area could not cope with more traffic and noted that Council had asked that Oak Road be made a 'quiet lane' and she felt that Council should again push for this nomination to be put in place. It was noted that NHS has asked for £26K from this development which is a totally inadequate amount and current infrastructure cannot cope. It was questioned what money had been requested for open spaces from this development. It was noted that Greenstead Green and Halstead Rural Parish Council has raised no objections. The amount of social housing, and the lack of play facilities and recreation areas was noted. It was suggested that Halstead TC should strengthen objections to this inappropriate development.
It was agreed that contributions to a play/sports area within the town as near as possible to the new houses would be expected, and a contribution to allotments, if the plans were to be approved.
Cllr Warren proposed that Halstead Town Council has strong objections to this application because of traffic concerns on narrow roads unsuitable for more traffic movements and where a 'quiet lane' nomination had been proposed, because of concerns about flooding and because of overloaded Town infrastructure. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried unanimously.
19/01528/HH - 63 New Street, Halstead, Essex. Existing conservatory roof changed to flat roof with lantern, conversion of garage into habitable room. Single storey rear extension to garage. It was noted that work has started on this site. Cllr Gronland proposed no objection to this application. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Claydon and carried by unanimous vote.
19/01488/FUL & 19/01489/LBC - 54 Chapel Hill, Halstead, Essex. Conversion of former public house into three apartments. Councillors noted that Essex CC had made some conditions to this application that showed plans for two downstairs apartments and one first floor apartment. It was agreed that the layout of dwellings looks good, but that it was sad to see another public house lost. It was noted that this is a 17th Century building and it was felt a shame that it would be lost to housing. It was noted that the building is listed and that therefore many of the historic features would have to be retained. Cllr Gronland then proposed that, regrettably, Council has no objections to this application. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Mrs Pell and there were 2 votes for the proposal, 1 vote against the proposal and 3 abstentions.
19/01532/OUT - Land adjacent to Crowbridge Farm, Chapel Hill, Halstead. Outline application for up to 40 dwellings with associated infrastructure and public open space. It was noted that a similar application had been before Council previously, although for 70 dwellings and Council had objected. It was said that entrance to the site was poor and that road access was not good. It was noted that the site is archaeologically sensitive and that the site is close to a historic barn that will be developed. No spaces have been allowed for recreation. Cllr Fincken said that he felt that the statement that this area is of 'little landscape value' is totally untrue and that development here would mean that valuable countryside would be lost. He felt that development here would be totally unsuitable and out of keeping. Cllr Fincken proposed strongest possible objections to this application because development would be unsuitable for the location and out of keeping with the area. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Ms Atkinson and carried by unanimous vote.
19/01601/HH - 6 Portway Court, Halstead, Essex. Side extension over existing garage. Cllr Fincken proposed no objection to this application. Proposal seconded by Cllr Claydon and carried by unanimous vote.
19/01521/HHPA - 35 Harvey Street Halstead Essex. Application withdrawn.
Cllr Gronland left the meeting at this point.
19/01499/REM. Land at Greenways, Balls Chase, Halstead. Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval 16/00802/OUT. Approval of Reserved Matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) comprising the construction of 14 dwellings.
It was noted that development was by a local, trusted builder and permission was granted for the development. Cllr Ms Atkinson noted that one part of the development was very close to a neighbour and asked that concerns be accommodated. Cllr Warren proposed no objection to this application provided that residents' concerns are accommodated. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.
Cllr Gronland returned to the meeting.
Cllr Munday returned to the meeting
A. Public Art Design for St. Andrew's Gate.
Cllr Mrs Pell noted the design for artwork, and the proposed position that abuts the A131 and could make difficulties in sight lines for traffic. Cllr Fincken said that art in the landscape is to be encouraged but that he could not see a link with this site and Courtaulds’ historic links with Halstead. Discussions took place; Cllr Ms Atkinson said that perhaps the artwork would help with making residents at the development feel included. Cllr Fincken proposed that the proposed artwork would be a welcome addition to town landscape, but not in the proposed location. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Claydon and carried unanimously.
Chair of the meeting was handed back to Cllr Munday.
089. TO PROPOSE THAT HTC CONSIDERS THE FEASIBILITY OF PREPARING A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (Agenda item 18 taken out of order).
It was noted that preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan will take time and effort. A Plan will be evidence based, and it was noted that a Town Plan had recently been produced that took almost 3 years to write. It was said that a Neighbourhood Plan cannot be rushed and must be correctly written. Cllr Mrs Pell noted that Hatfield Peverel has recently submitted a plan to Braintree DC Cabinet that has been approved and will now be put to Full BDC Council. Cllr Pell suggested that HTC looks at Hatfield Peverel's plan to see what might be required and also that the Town Clerk speak with Hatfield Peverel's Town Clerk to be aware of the facts. HTC should then be able to make decisions on whether this is feasible and if it can be afforded. Cllr Ms Atkinson asked if there are any grants available for production of a Neighbourhood Plan. Cllr Fincken said that a Neighbourhood Plan would be of benefit and would protect the Town for the future. Cllr Claydon said he would be keen to support production of a Plan which would help when dealing with BDC Officers and would help to highlight problems in Halstead. Cllr Munday proposed that it would be necessary to set up a working group to deal with production but that first Town Clerk would need to research and determine cost and the amount of staff time needed. Town Clerk to also research any grants that may be available for production of a Neighbourhood Plan. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Claydon and carried by unanimous vote.
090. MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. Chairman noted the events attended, and upcoming. He thanked Cllr Hume for attending the Halstead Horticultural Society event on his behalf and spoke about attendance at the Anglia in Bloom Awards and the Courtaulds Halstead Bowls Club. Council noted the report.
091. FINANCE. Cllr Gronland Vice Chair of Finance presented Finance Reports.
a) Income and Expenditure Report for the month of August. Cllr Gronland noted that not too much had changed and that Accounts were in a good position. Cllr Claydon asked if action had been taken against serial non-payers of fixed penalty parking costs and it was said that a report would be prepared for a future Council meeting. Cllr Gronland 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 Gronland noted payment for coaches for outings, but said that this money will be recouped. Cllr Gronland proposed acceptance of items 7b and 7b(a) payments to be approved. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Warren and carried by unanimous vote.
c) Monthly Reconciliation Report. It was noted that all is in order with accounts. Cllr Gronland proposed acceptance of the report. Cllr Claydon seconded this proposal and it was accepted by unanimous vote.
d) To approve the purchase of a string of lights for Christmas tree. Report was before Council with costings for ice white lights and sparkling white lights. Cllr Gronland proposed purchase of string of 300M of ice white lights at a cost of £799 + VAT to replace damaged lights for Christmas tree. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.
e) To propose purchase of new PA system for indoor and outdoor events. Report was before Council with details of system costing £215. Cllr Warren suggested that further research be done on this matter as the proposed system would not be up to requirements. It was agreed that the sound system needs to be robust and to be powerful enough for outdoor events. It was suggested that perhaps hiring might be an option, but this was discounted as system is often loaned to other organisations within the town that would make more work for Council staff, and carry insurance implications. Cllr Warren proposed that further research be carried out to find a more suitable PA system for Council needs and that proposals/costings be brought to October meeting. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Munday and carried by unanimous vote.
f) To approve expenditure of £350 for repairs to Empire roof. Report was before Council stating that some immediate repairs are necessary as metal pegs holding roof slates are corroding causing slates to fall. It was noted that it will be necessary within the near future to replace all of the roof. Some quotes have been given for a long term solution; this will have to be discussed at forthcoming Budget Seminar. Cllr Munday proposed a) that Council agree to pay for immediate repairs to roof at Empire at cost of £350 and b) that considerations are made at budget seminar to allow for major repairs/replacement to the roof. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.
g) to approve External Auditor report. Report was before Council and auditor had noted that HTC accounts are 'adequate and effective'. Council gave congratulations to Town Clerk and asked that they be passed on to staff. Cllr Munday proposed approval of External Auditor report. Proposal seconded by Cllr Claydon and carried by unanimous vote.
092. COMMUNITY HALL.
a) Verbal update: Cllr Pell noted that Trustees were awaiting response from Town Council before any further meetings/actions. It was also said that H4C committee was working with Environment Agency on clearance of contamination before any building work could begin. It was said that H4C are looking forward to meeting with Council to keep the ball rolling. Report was noted
b) Working group for the Community Hub: Cllr Gronland noted that group is continuing to work on the business case for community hub. A further meeting will take place on 2nd October. Cllr Fincken said that more research with the community will be undertaken. Report was noted
093. YOUTH. Cllr Munday read a statement from Eileen Penn regarding the HAPPY group which said that T-shirts had been printed and were popular. A free BBQ had been held and this was successful - some photos of the event were circulated. More young people had signed up for inclusion to the group. Next meeting of the group was planned for 17th September. Council commended Mrs Penn on her work with the group. Report was noted
094. DISTRICT COUNCILLORS.
Cllr Munday had provided written report which is attached to minutes.
Cllr Mrs Pell reported attendance at Cabinet meeting where Business Plan and Garden Communities were discussed. Various monetary reports had been received. Housing sites were discussed including the area at New Street, Halstead (former Senior Citizens' Centre) that will not be developed by BDC but will be sold on to local developers for housing development. The removal of red phone boxes was discussed and one at Bulmer will be saved as mobile phone signal is not good at this location. As had been mentioned Hatfield Peverel's Neighbourhood Plan had been received. Braintree Regeneration plan was discussed (Halstead's Plan is still under development). Development and Democracy, Public Question Time at meetings and Standing Orders had also been discussed). Cllr Mrs Pell had attended the Anglia in Bloom Awards and received certificates for Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery. District Councillors' reports were noted
095. QUALITY AWARD APPLICATION
The council confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it publishes online:
the Town Council had achieved items 1 – 15 of the Foundation Level and that all documentation relating to these items can be found on the Town Council website
Cllr Mrs Pell proposed approval of the application and proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken. Proposal was carried unanimously.
096. QUALITY AWARD APPLICATION
The council confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it publishes online:
the Town Council had achieved items 24-33 of the Quality Level and that all documentation relating to these items can be found on the Town Council website.
Cllr Mrs Pell proposed approval of the application and proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken. Proposal was carried unanimously
097. TO APPROVE APPLICATION LOCAL COUNCIL AWARD QUALITY LEVEL
Cllr Mrs Pell proposed approval of the application and proposal was seconded by Cllr Fincken. Proposal was carried unanimously.
098. CHAMPIONS UPDATE.
a) Open Spaces and The River. Cllr Ms Atkinson stated that work by the River Improvement Group had begun with some clearance near to Town Bridge. Positive feedback had been given on Facebook about this clearance. Group had met with Environment Agency and a Plan was being formulated for the work that will be done during winter. EA will speak to residents on The Causeway and also post notices on railings about what will be done. A further clearance working party will be on 6th October to start clearing the area in front of The Mill. It was said that Group is speaking with Anglian Water about what can be done to 'hide' or disguise the ugly sewer pipe that crosses the river. Essex Wildlife Trust is also working with the Group. Braintree DC is helping with green waste removal.
Cllr Fincken spoke about Green Spaces report and said that he and Cllr Radley are talking with BDC and will try to ascertain priorities. It was said that some work is necessary along the River Walk but discussions about finance of work, when it will be done, etc. will need to take place. Cllr Munday asked about S106 money to be used in Halstead but it was said that some of the report is out of date and some is not viable. Cllr Munday advised that S106 reports are updated each year and there is a deadline in the autumn for any submissions. Cllr Fincken asked Councillors for active feed-in to discussions. Report was noted
b) Surgery. Cllr Gronland noted that talks are ongoing but are not easy with various agencies involved. He said that a good relationship with the Practice had been built up and a further meeting will take place later in September. Cllr Mrs Pell asked if a water machine could be requested for the surgery to help when patients have a long wait to be seen. Cllr Gronland said he would ask but felt that there may be infection risks. Report was noted
c) Police. Cllr Warren reported meeting requested with Police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers before the next public meeting. It was hoped to agree a way forward. A spate of thefts from cars/vans in Halstead was noted and it was said that although arrests had been made thefts were still happening. It was hoped that a direct link between Police and Council could be forged to take the place of past annual reports from Officers. Report was noted
099. UPDATE ON THE FOOTBRIDGE Cllr Munday noted that a supplier for initial work had been chosen and a final reference on that supplier was awaited. It was hoped that work would begin before next Council meeting, or at the latest by November. Cllr Claydon asked if Insurance of supplier had been viewed and it was said this was in place. It was said that Braintree DC money was still available, and Clerk had already requested payment. Cllr Munday proposed acceptance of this report and proposal was seconded by Cllr Gronland and carried by unanimous vote.
100. CONSIDERATION OF ACTIONS TO COUNTERACT CLIMATE CHANGE
Report was before Council with a list of possible actions that, it was said, was not exhaustive. It was said that grants are available for various measures such as car charging points and solar panels and Cllr Mrs Pell said that she hoped measures can be discussed at upcoming Budget Seminar. Cllr Mrs Pell also said that other forms of pollution should be discussed such as traffic congestion causing unwanted emissions and suggested that ECC Highways should be advised of these difficulties. It was said that HTC should take all measures that are practically possible and that BDC will consult and advise. The recycling programme at BDC was discussed and it was agreed that perhaps more can be done. Cllr Munday suggested that a Policy be written and Cllr Fincken said that all Councillors will have ideas to share with Clerk. Cllr Munday proposed that Town Clerk investigate actions to counteract climate change and write a policy proposal and consider the budget as necessary. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Mrs Pell and carried by unanimous vote.
101. SECURITY AT COURTAULDS SPORTS GROUND
Report was before Council regarding nuisance and noise at the sports ground and instances when Police have been called to deal with noise. Police have advised that HTC has a duty to take measures to prevent antisocial behaviour at its property and various methods to deter unwanted intrusions were discussed. Cllr Caulfield had provided details of some metal barriers that could be placed around the grassed area but it was said that these are expensive and efficacy was queried. It was agreed that entrance to this public amenity should not be denied to the public because of actions of a few. It was noted that measures will be discussed at the next meeting of CSGMC due in early October. Cllr Munday proposed that report be noted. Proposal seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.
102. TOWN TEAM FUNDS WORKING GROUP
Report was before Council about a recent meeting of the group where discussions had taken place but no conclusions had been reached. Cllr Mrs Pell asked that this Council has a veto on any decisions made by the Group and this was agreed. Cllr Munday proposed that report be noted. Proposal seconded by Cllr Fincken and carried by unanimous vote.
103. SPECIAL MOTION SCHEME OF DELEGATION
Motion to enable change of Scheme of Delegation was presented, signed by 4 Councillors.
Cllr Munday proposed acceptance of this request that will be discussed in Private Session. Cllr Mrs Pell seconded the Proposal and it was carried by unanimous vote.
Cllr Munday proposed extension of Standing Orders for a further 15 minutes to enable discussions in Private Session. Proposal seconded by Cllr Mrs Pell and carried by unanimous vote.
104. 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'
105. CLARIFICTION OF IDENTITIES OF COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS AT HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL
Council clarified the status of all its committees.
Public Meeting closed at 9.30 pm.