Halstead Town Council
Press Release – 17 August 2020
Message from the Mayor and Chairman
As many of you know Halstead Town Council organises several events during the year that brings together residents in the town and supports a good community spirit.
This year has been a very challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic that has prevented many of the normal events taking place. Unfortunately the continuation of restrictions and current level of infections has meant we have had to cancel further events leading up to the end of the year.
We have already announced the cancellation of the annual over 60’s coach outings and now with regret we must also cancel the over 60’s Christmas Parties in Queens Hall. I know many people enjoy this event each year but it was really impossible to see how it could be held safely and within the Covid-19 government guidelines. By way of still supporting the group of residents eligible for attending the Christmas parties we are planning to hold a free Christmas raffle. We hope our local traders and businesses will still support our usual raffle this year. This will in a small way provide some interest at Christmas time.
Hopefully we can look forward to running coach outings again sometime in 2021 if the conditions are safe and practical.
I’m sure you can imagine it will be impossible to hold the Torchlight Procession, carol concert and civic reception this year, all of which would involve mass gathering in excess of the guidelines. This is normally a major spectacle in the town at Christmas time and it is sad that we are forced to cancel the event.
On a brighter note, the council still fully intends to display the Christmas lights in the town as normal this year. It will however be necessary to hold a closed switch on event in the public gardens with very limited attendance. Hopefully we can still invite children from local primary schools to take part to do the switch on with Father Christmas.
Although this year has been difficult for everyone I hope you will understand the decisions we have made are sadly unavoidable. However, the council does understand that these and many other events are important for community life in our town and we are committed to holding all of these events in the future.”
“I’m pleased to confirm that at the council meeting on 10th August the council made the decision to proceed with the purchase of the Riverside Bridge from the Crown Estates. This decision followed detailed feedback at the meeting from Cllr. Andy Munday of work he had been doing with the structural engineer and a local contractor. Excellent progress has now been made to define the extent of the work to be done. We are very grateful for local organisations and local businesses that have come forward to offer help and support.
Previously the council has been cautious not to purchase the bridge until a way forward can be seen. This decision shows that we now have the confidence in getting the repair done. The council fully appreciates that the re-opening of the bridge is important to residents and we will strive to get this done as quickly as possible.”
Cllr. Mick Radley
Mayor and Chairman of the Council