Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting 9 May 2022

17th May 2022





9 May 2022: at  19:15
Held at
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 2BY 


Councillor M Radley Chairman   Present
Councillor D Gronland 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 Hume   Present
Councillor A Munday   Present
Councillor Mrs J A Pell   Present
Councillor Miss L Smith   Present
Councillor G Warren   Present

Also in attendance:    Cllr Chris Siddall,   David Ainge, Trevor Kennedy,  Sarah Greatorex (Town Clerk)

253.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE received from Cllr Claydon and Dingle as unwell. Cllr Radley proposed acceptance of the apologies, seconded by Cllr Fincken and unanimously agreed.

254.  MINUTES Cllr Munday proposed acceptance of the Minutes of 4 May 2021, seconded by Cllr Gronland and unanimously agreed.

255.  HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL’S REPORT. Halstead Mayor, Cllr Mick Radley, gave the annual Town Council report.  report attached here

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


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

Cllr Radley gave a report on his duties at District Council.   Report attached here

Cllr Munday said that he attended all 8 Full Council meetings over the past year, and had seen the new Chairman take up his role, and 78% of all planning meetings. He had given £1,000 of his councillor grant to the Halstead Flower Festival at the church, and carried the rest over. He had been on the planning enforcement reference group, which had concluded that more staff needed to be recruited, and that had happened. He sees his mission as raising awareness at BDC that the current level of development in Halstead is not sustainable.

Cllr Hume said that he had attended almost all Full Council and Member development meetings. He is also a member of the Local Plan subcommittee. He has also been on the Scrutiny committee, looking at key financial indicators and the strategy for coming years, and preparations for recruiting a new Chief Executive.


Cllr Siddall gave his County Councillor’s report. As he started his role in 2021, Cllr Kevin Bentley took over from David Finch. Cllr Bentley is keen to pursue his vision of Everyone’s Essex, allowing for renewal, quality and ambition. This includes levelling up for the most deprived areas, such as Jaywick,  equal opportunities for all, supporting the vulnerable, and a Climate change Action Plan. There is a commercial workspace investment at Jaywick Sands.  Libraries may be redeveloped as Community Hubs. Cllr Siddall has spent funds on protecting the MUGA in Parsonage Street. He sees working with District and town Councils as an important part of his work. ECC has also invested heavily in adult social services, and children’s services and in improving Junction 7 on the M11. It is also supporting the incinerator at Rivenhall which will be converting waste to provide power. It also has a new Arts and Culture Fund, to support the arts in Essex.

Cllr Radley thanked Cllr Siddall for attending HTC meetings so regularly, and integrating so well with the council.

Cllr Radley commented that there was no evidence of any S106 monies collected by ECC from developers being spent on the schools in Halstead. Cllr Siddall agreed to follow up with ECC and report back to council.


Reports had been received from those who had received grants in 2021, including Halstead History Society, the Halstead Rotary Club, The Guides and Brownies, Halstead U3A, Halstead Roadrunners. Reports attached here

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

There was no further business.  Meeting closed at 20.01