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  Welcome to the Parish Council website


Galleywood Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme.  This achievement recognises that the Council achieves good practice in governance, commnity engagement and council improvement.  Moreover, Galleywood Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communites and continuously seeking opportuntities to improve and develop further.

The Award Scheme report highlighted the Council's particular areas of strength, including its Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Code of Conduct and transparent information about council payments.

The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those Councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising Councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector.  It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their communities, that individual Councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

In terms of the future, the Council is now reviewing ways in which it can keep on improving its offer to the local community and welcomes input from local people and partners on this.  Galleywood Parish Council and other local Councils like it, are at the front line of the government's localism agenda and are doing as much as they can to deliver services whilst being efficient and cost-effective.

Too good to throw Away? Give your unwanted items a new home in your community

Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It's quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you don't even have to leave home.  In Essex, we are lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from.  It you are having a clear out, there are lots of easy ways to pass items on to other people.

More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from reuse organisations, meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes while passing on your unwanted items.  Many reuse organisations will even collect from your own home!

Local charity shops are always happy to accept good quality donations which helps raise money for good causes. Freegle is an online platform to help people give items for free in your local community.  You can give furniture, clothing, children's toys, soil, rubble and even pre-loved garden ornaments.  You can also sell good quality items through popular selling websites, jumble sales or car boots.  A great way to clear out the house and make a bit of money.

Passing on your old items is a hassle-free way of doing good in your community - Visit to find out more


The Parish Council is aware that some viewers of our Webpage are experiencing access problems when using mobile phone connection.  Please be aware that the webpage construction is still under review.  In the meantime, viewing access is advised from computers.


If you want to make a real difference in your town then volunteer as a Community Special Constable and play a part in keeping your neighbourhood safe. Galleywood Parish Council is supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area:  Visit to find out more. Your Community, Your Opportunity, Your other life.  Galleywood Parish Council will be funding the initiative.  Under the scheme the Parish Council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to Galleywood.  The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.  If you are interested in volunteering form this role please contact the Parish Clerk 01245 358898 or email

PUBLIC MEETING - SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019, 10am to 12noon at Galleywood Heritage Centre
Residents are invited to attend a Public Meeting being hosted by Galleywood Parish Council on Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am to 12 noon at Galleywood Heritage Centre. The future of Galleywood Library is contained in Essex County Council's Future Library Services Strategy 2019-2024. The Parish Council is drafting its own strategy and would like to seek residents' views.
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Essex County Council's consultation on a draft five year strategy for future Library sevices in Essex is open from 29 November 2018 until 20 Februay 2019. The survey can be viewed and completed at
An Easy to Read survey and questionnaire has been released and can be accessed using the following link
As Galleywood Library will affected by this, the Parish Council has set up a Working Party to make considerations and will be reporting to the next Council meeting.

On 27 November 2018 Roger Hirst launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county's first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.  A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity.  We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or serviously injured and inimise the dameage to property and businesses.

Mr Hirst is developing a plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside, and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and wants to make sure that priorties being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.

The plan will run from 2019 - 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance.  The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities of policing for Essex.

You will fill in the survey online via this link . Hard copies are also available on request. Please contact 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email,  You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB.  The survey will close at midnight on 15 January 2019.

As the colder weather is drawing in, the need for road gritting information may be important to you on your daily commute or travel plans.  Did you know that Essex County Council have an online facility to show those routes that are regularly gritted in the County?  You can also track the current movement of the Councils' gritting lorries.  Please visit our Planning and Highways page for link details.

SATURDAY SURGERY -  23 February 2019
If you would like to meet with your local Parish Council representatives, have a point of view, concern or idea for your community - why not come along to a Parish Council Saturday Surgery - Held each month at the Galleywood Library between 10.00am and 12.00 noon, its an ideal way of informally meeting Parish Council representatives.  No appointment necessary.  For further information, please contact the Parish Council Office 01245 348756 or 358898 or contact The Clerk by email

The group is currently in need of volunteers and a new Chairman from the end of this year.  The role would particularly suit someone who has a small amount of free time and would be willing to serve the community.  The role of a volunteer is certainly very rewarding.  If you would be willing to offer your services, please contact 01245 611426 or by email here. Information can be sent out to provide you with details of what the positions entail.

Refurbishment is complete and open to all users 24/7.  In case of any emergency please contact 01245 606299 or for any other issues please contact

 The next Parish Council meetings

Planning and Highways Committee Thursday 17 January 2019 - 7.00pm - Lodge Room



18/02039/FUL 14 Pyne Gate, Galleywood CM2 8QG - Single storey rear extension  
18/02098/FUL 42 Watchouse Road, Galleywood CM2 8PT - Rear single storey extension and alterations  
19/00024/FUL 27 Pyne Gate, Galleywood CM2 8QG - Single storey rear and side extension and alterations  

If you have received notification from Chelmsford City Council and have been invitied to comment on any of the above planning matters, please consider forwarding a copy of your comment/s to your Parish Council via the Deputy Clerk

Finance and Rescources Committee Thursday 24 January 2019 - 7.00pm - Ron White Room


Council Monday 4 February 2019 - 7.00pm - Main Hall Agenda

Contact Information
Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM2 8PT
Open 9.00am - 1.00pm weekdays

Clerk, Tory Melhuish             Tel. 01245 358898           

Deputy Clerk, Nicola Caton  Tel. 01245 348756           

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Mission Statement ' To enhance the quality of life for the Community of Galleywood.  Maintain the village identity and encourage a community spirit'          

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