HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL

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MINUTES OF EXTRAORDINARY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
25th April  2017
Held at
Mill House, The Causeway, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 1ET

 

 Membership:

Councillor Mrs S Diver Chairman   Present
Councillor Mr Andy Munday Vice Chairman Present
Counvillor Mrs J Allen   Present
Councillor M Day   Apologies
Councillor Mrs S Dingle   Present
Councillor C Fox   Apologies
Councillor D Gronland   Apologies
Councillor D Hume   Present
Councillor Mrs J A Pell   Present
Councillor Mrs E Penn   Present
Councillor M Radley   Apologies
Councillor Mrs J Sutton   Apologies

Also in attendance:                       
                                          Mrs S Greatorex – Town Clerk

232. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE received from Cllr M Day, Cllr C Fox, Cllr D Gronland, Cllr M Radley and Cllr Mrs J Sutton

233. DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS: All Councillors declared NPI Agenda item 5 as HTC owns Queens Hall.

234. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME: There were no public questions

235. 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 an 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.

236. QUEENS HALL PLANNING CONTRACT

A report had been prepared to show the planning costs associated with developing offices at Queens Hall.

The first work to be done will be the changing of the bar area into a functioning kitchen, and the building of a toilet for the disabled next to the male toilet. At the same time a dividing wall will be erected about 2.5 metres from the edge of the stage, in order to allow all other building work to take place behind the wall and not disturb events taking place in the hall.

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Diver and seconded by Cllr Munday that the Council appoints Oswicks as the contractor for planning and accepts their quotation. This was subject to the costs including the planning charges which would be made by Braintree District Council. This was carried unanimously.

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Penn and seconded by Cllr Munday that the working group of Cllr Radley, Cllr Munday and the Town Clerk appointed at the Extraordinary meeting on 3 April, should take the project forward to completion of the building work. This was carried unanimously.

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Diver and seconded by Cllr Munday that the Council agrees to the removal of the stage at Queens Hall, but provides a demountable stage to replace it once the alterations and building work is finished. This was carried unanimously. 

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 20.07.

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DaRT means demand responsive or Dial and Ride Transport.  It is formed of a number of minibus vehicles, typically accommodating between 8 and 16 passengers. These minibuses operate a range of bus services serving rural communities where conventional buses are not viable operations. They differ from normal bus services, in that they are totally flexible and can divert on and off route to collect and drop off passengers within their operating area. DaRT works by grouping bookings together to make it viable. It is not a taxi service, as there must be sufficient volume of passengers with similar itineraries. Most DaRT work, is former bus routes, and group bookings.  But unlike a large bus, DaRT only needs three or four passengers to make a group booking. And, when not operating a timetabled bus route or group booking, vehicles may be available for individual runs where no alternative transport is available. DaRT operates between 0600 and 2000 Mondays to Saturdays inclusive.

Also, unlike a conventional bus, you need to book your seat, and register as a customer, at least two hours in advance of travel, and can book up to three months in advance of travel. But, if you travel regularly, you do not need to book every single time you travel, as you can make a regular booking which lasts for three months.

To get more information download a leaflet from here  pdf small visit the Essex DaRT site here: pdf small or call Essex DaRT on 01621 874411.  

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    • Dart 3 operates in North East Braintree and takes passengers from Alphamstone, Ashen, Belchamp Otten, Belchamp St. Paul, Belchamp Walter, Birdbrook, Borley, Bulmer, Bures Hamlet, Colne Engaine, Earls Colne, Foxearth, Great Henny, Great Yeldham, Greenstead Green. Halstead Town, Lamarsh, Liston, Little Henny, Little Yeldham, Middleton, Ovington, Pebmarsh, Pentlow, Ridgewell, Stambourne, Steeple Bumpstead, Tilbury Juxta Clare, Toppesfield, Twinstead, Wickham St. Paul and White Colne to Haverhill, Sudbury and Halstead.
    • DaRT 3 Additional Areas  – Bulmer, Gestingthorpe, Great Maplestead, Little Maplestead, Pebmarsh, Wickham St Paul have a new flexible service to Sudbury and Halstead.  This replaces the Services 11/12/13 operated by Regal Busways from 29 August 2017  

The New timetable for the bus to Sudbury from 29 August 2017 can be downloaded from here pdf small

 

 

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