Local support for Halstead plans

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Proposals to develop Halstead’s town centre has received local support.

A report published by Braintree District Council following a public consultation has revealed local support for the Halstead Town Centre proposals.

It includes changes to on-street parking,improvement to the pedestrian area around Jubilee Fountain, better signage and creating pedestrian crossing points at the top of the High Street.

A spokesman for the council said the four month consultation received 1,995 responses and showed that there was a majority of local support for all of the proposals put forward.

While local support was not universal, the spokesman said this gave the council helpful insight to where changes could be made.

The council will now work with the community following to refine the proposals in the light of public feedback.

Braintree district councillor Tom Cunningham said: “We want to improve Halstead town centre so that it continues to be an attractive place to shop and spend time, however, we’re committed to working with residents to make sure their ideas are reflected.

“It is very important to us that the plans are backed by the community.”

The consultation focused on changes to on-street parking in Halstead town centre, including offering a greater choice of High Street parking by providing a split between half hour and two hour spaces and by making more space to park by ordering the existing unmarked bays with individual spaces.

To view the report visit www.braintree.gov.uk/halsteadreport