4th December 2017
Held at
Queen's Hall, Chipping Hill, HALSTEAD, Essex. CO9 2BY



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

Also in attendance: Public -  Mr Peter Daw; Ms Pam Jones;

                                          Sarah Greatorex (Town Clerk)               

379. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE received from Cllr Hume as unwell, and Cllr Mrs Allen who was chairing another meeting. *Cllr Fox arrived at 18.55.  Cllr Pell moved acceptance of these apologies and this was seconded by Cllr Munday.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.

380. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS: Cllr Mrs J Pell Declared NPI for the following Agenda items:  Agenda Item 4 Planning 17/01949/FUL as member of Courtauld's Sports Ground Management Committee, as a member of HTC and as a recipient of S106 monies. 17/01932/REM and 17/01952/REM as a member of BDC who have representation on the board of Greenfields and H4C.  Agenda item 8 as Chairman of H4C.  Cllr Gronland , Cllr Warren and Cllr Mrs Dingle Agenda item 4 – Planning 17/01932/REM and 17/01952/REM as members of a group which made a comment.  Cllr Mrs E Penn declared NPI for Agenda item 4 - Planning 17/01980/FUL & 17/01981/LBC as applicant is known to her, and 17/01932/REM and 17/01952/REM as she is a member of H21C which has made a comment.  Cllr  Radley declared NPI Agenda item 4 Planning 17/01980/FUL & 17/01981/LBC as Agent is known..  Cllr Munday declared NPI. Agenda item 4 Planning 17/01949/FUL for all Councillors as HTC owns Courtaulds sports ground, and for himself as he is a member of the Courtaulds sports ground management committee, and 17/01980/FUL & 17/01981/LBC as both agent and applicant are known to him. Cllr Mrs S Diver declared NPI Agenda item 4 planning 17/01980/FUL & 17/01981/LBC as the applicant is known to her.

381. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME: There were no public questions.

382. PLANNING APPLICATIONS In Cllr Hume's absence, Vice Chair of Planning, Cllr Mrs Pell took the Chair for this part of the meeting.

17/01932/REM - Land South of Oak Road, Halstead, Essex –

Application for approval of serviced matters following outline approval 14/01580/OUT - Details of internal spine road to service Parcel A of the development.  Cllr Pell moved that Halstead Town Council note that the hours of working must be adhered to particularly on a Saturday.  Members raised no objection to this application.   Note to Officer – we would like reassurance that no trees have been cut down other than those previously approved.  This was seconded by Cllr Munday and the motion was accepted unanimously.

17/01949/FUL - Halstead Bowls Clubhouse, Courtaulds Sports Club, Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2ES - Extension to existing clubhouse to provide new male changing room. It was noted that there was no provision for a disabled toilet. Cllr Pell moved that BDC should make the decision on this application. This was seconded by Cllr Munday and the motion was accepted unanimously.

17/01952/REM - Land South of Oak Road, Halstead, Essex -

Application for approval of all matters reserved by Condition 2 of outline planning permission 14/01580/OUT for the development of 183 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), convenience store, parking, structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, children's play area, surface water attenuation and associated ancillary works.  The outline planning application was not an EIA application.  Cllr Pell moved no objection to this application.   Note to Officers  - please ensure that working hours are as agreed, that the development is secure by design, that appropriate road signage be installed as requested in the David Wilson Homes application to be consistent, that there is provision for disabled play equipment, that no bicycles should be allowed in the play area.  We would like an informative note to Applicant that developers should ensure that they establish good relations with residents and the BT Poles should be placed underground as the process to bring this land into the urban area has commenced.  This was seconded by Cllr Munday and the motion was accepted unanimously.

17/01980/FUL & 17/01981/LBC - 57 High Street, Halstead, CO9 2JD -

Conversion of the rear of the shop into 1 no. 1 bed apartment

Cllr Pell moved that there can be no objection to this development, and that such projects in the town centre are to be encouraged. This was seconded by Cllr Munday and the motion was accepted unanimously.

Cllr Mrs Diver resumed Chair of the meeting.

383.  THE STATE OF THE RIVER.  There was some concern about calling a meeting while legal proceedings are going on.   Cllr Mrs Diver proposed that the MP be invited to host a meeting to discuss the state of the river, and that the Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust be invited. Proposal was seconded by Cllr Warren and carried by unanimous vote.                                                                                               

384  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'


 Cllr Diver proposed that Council confirm the decision taken by the Staff Review Group.  This proposal was seconded by Cllr Warren and carried by unanimous vote.

There being no other business, meeting was closed at 19.49.


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Braintree District Council Crackdown on Dog Fouling

Braintree District Council Crackdown on Dog Fouling

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MEDIA RELEASE: Council crackdown on dog fouling with ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign

Braintree District Council, have joined forces with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy in a bid to reduce dog fouling by thoughtless dog walkers who don’t scoop the poop.

The ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign sets its sights on irresponsible people who walk their dogs, with recent research showing that they are more likely to pick up after their dogs when they think that they are being watched.

Feedback from Keep Britain Tidy also suggests that dog fouling tends to occur at night time and during the months with shorter days as some dog owners feel that they can’t be seen ‘under the cover of darkness’.

The ‘We’re Watching You’ signs and bin stickers will be visible after dark in dog fouling hotspots in Braintree, Great Notley, Halstead, Hatfield Peverel, Shalford and Tye Green as part of the targeted campaign.

The campaign follows successful pilots by Keep Britain Tidy in various areas which saw an average reduction of 46% in the levels of dog fouling, with up to 90% reduction in some areas since.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment & Place at Braintree District Council said, “We know that the public perceive dog fouling to be by far the most unacceptable and dirtiest type of litter so that’s why we are working with Keep Britain Tidy on this campaign to help tackle the issue.

The majority of dog owners are responsible people who pick up after their dog and dispose of the poo bags correctly, but there is a minority that ignore their duties and continue to ruin areas of our beautiful district. We are urging everyone to take action and help us catch irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their dog.”

Members of the public are being encouraged to become another pair of eyes to help catch the culprits! If you see anyone who fails to clear up after their dog, you can report them and the information will be treated in confidence.

How to report dog fouling offenders:

• Fill in a dog fouling offender report form online


• E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Braintree District Council Customer Service Centre on 01376 552525

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