Message from Mayor Councillor Radley

Date Posted: 15th December 2020

Halstead Town Council

Press Release – 15th December 2020

Message from the Mayor

 Town Centre Improvements

 “I’m really pleased to confirm that a series of proposals for improvements to the town centre have been presented by Braintree District Council. This is a really exciting opportunity to implement long awaited changes. These proposals include nine projects with a total investment of over £400k with a plan to implement during 2021.

At a meeting on Monday evening the town council reviewed plans for a range of improvement projects to the public realm in the town centre. These proposals include a potential island crossing towards the top of the High Street, street lighting improvements, wayfinding, cycle parking and other items.  This is based upon consultations carried out in previous years which can now be realised after evaluation and costing.

The town council welcomed these improvements and were very keen to work with BDC on the details and implementation. It was agreed to set up a small working group who would work with BDC reporting back to council on progress.”

New Cycle Route

“I’m pleased to report that draft plans for a new cycle route between Halstead and Earls Colne have been put forward by the EC2K voluntary cycling group who are currently working on a route between Earls Colne and Kelvedon.

At a meeting on Monday a report was put forward to the town council with initial ideas and proposals for review and comment. The council would like to thank the EC2K group for their work in compiling these ideas. We enthusiastically welcomed the prospect of connecting Halstead to this new cycle route. There are many hurdles to overcome and funding to be secured but this is a significant opportunity for the future leisure and connectivity of the town.

This project also opens the future opportunity to look at further extending the route towards the town from where the proposed current route ends near the crossing of the A1124.

The council has nominated Cllr. Janet Atkinson and Cllr. Malcolm Fincken to join the group and work with them to help deliver this challenging long-term project. Other neighbouring councils are also nominating members to join the group.

We look forward to seeing this exciting project come to fruition for the benefit of all.”

Cllr. Mick Radley

Mayor and Chairman of the Council