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Programme of upgrades to Halstead town centre green lit after Braintree District Council approves funding

A programme of modernisation improvements to street furniture and signage in the centre of Halstead is set to go ahead, after receiving a share of a £746,192 investment pot.

Braintree District Council announced the investment after the budget for the project was given the green light at a full council meeting last week.

The improvements will include refurbished street furniture and street lighting, better cycle parking, signage and road markings, and pavement repairs.

HALSTEAD: Halstead town centre. Picture: Mark Westley.
HALSTEAD: Halstead town centre. Picture: Mark Westley.

Tom Cunningham, Braintree District Council’s cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “By providing new and clear signage, information and refurbishments throughout the town, we hope it will help improve the experience of visitors to all the key assets, services and shops that the town has to offer.”

Mick Radley, mayor and chairman of Halstead Town Council, added: “I’m really pleased, excited and welcome the prospect of these improvements to the town centre.

“This investment provides the much-needed opportunity to upgrade parts of the high street to enhance the heritage appearance and provide some additional facilities.

“We look forward to engaging with Cllr Cunningham and the district council’s officers to deliver these projects in the coming weeks.”

The district council will now consult with the town council, Essex Highways, residents and businesses to develop a formal master plan for the work, which is expected to begin later this year.