The Amenities & Highways Committee is responsible for the assets of the village. Halstead Parish Council owns three properties :
The Parish Room in Church Road,
The Sport Pavilion on the Recreation Ground in Station Road, and
the allotments at Beldam Haw.
The Recreation Ground and Village Green in Church Road are also owned by the parish. The two bus shelters in Station Road and Old London Road, the Village Millennium Sign and the finger-posts at the crossroads are the responsibility of the Parish Council, as is the children's playground.
Three sports clubs use the Pavilion and the Recreation Ground, Halstead Cricket Club, Halstead Football Club and Halstead Netball Club and hold licenses for this. All the clubs are very successful.
Hiring the Pavilion and Parish Room. The Pavilion and the Parish Room are both available for hire during the day and evenings. Contact the Clerk on 01959 534881 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to check availability.
The committee comprises the Chairman of the Parish Council, Chairman of the Highways & Amenities Committee, the Chairman of the Planning Committee and one other Parish Councillor. The Clerk is always present at the meeting as Responsible Financial Officer for the Council.
The function of the committee is to prepare the budget in readiness for setting the Precept, discuss the budget controls exercised throughout the year and deal with staff matters.
The committee cannot make decisions but makes recommendations to full Council.
All meetings are open to parishioners and advertised on the parish notice-boards. Staff matters are an exempt item and are always discussed in closed session.
The Planning Committee meet regularly throughout the year to deal with frequent planning applications, often as many as 40 per year.
The Parish Council is classed as a statutory consultee on every planning application directly affecting the Parish. Sevenoaks District Council sets a legal deadline of 21 days for all consultees to submit their responses.
We are also frequently invited, (as a matter of courtesy), to comment on planning applications which are the responsibility of neighbouring parishes, where it is anticipated there will also be an impact on our parish. Typical examples of this are any planning applications which relate to the Polhill Garden Centre or to the redevelopment of the Chelsfield MoD site, both of which actually lie within Shoreham Parish.
If you wish to contact the Parish Council with your views about a particular planning application, email the Clerk: email@example.com