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PARISH COUNCIL SURGERY

The next Galleywood Parish Council Saturday Surgery will be held on Saturday 30 January 2021 - 10.00am -12.00noon.  If you would like to contact the Parish Council on a specific matter or make a Surgery booking please contact the Deputy Clerk who can schedule an appointment for you or call Councillor Richard Hyland (Chairman) 01245 475734 cllrhyland@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk or Councillor Neville Paul 07813327261 cllrpaul@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk who will be the duty Parish Councillors for this event.

COUNCIL and COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Planning and Highways Agenda - Tuesday 19 January 2021, 7.00pm using Microsoft Teams
Finance and Resources Committee - Tuesday 26 January 2021, 7.00pm using Microsoft Teams
Council meeting - Tuesday 2 February 2021, 7.00pm using Microsoft Teams

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE UPDATE - January 5 2021
The Galleywood Parish Council Office is currently closed during Government Tier restrictions. The Office Staff will continue to work remotely in view of the Governments announcement on Monday 4 January 2021 and can be contacted via email or via telephone 01245 358898 or 01245 348756.  The Village Attendants will not carry out any litter picking at this time and the public toilets will be closed from today.  We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY
A vacancy for a Parish Councillor has arisen due to the resignation of Councillor Barry Willden.
The vacancy will be filled by Co-option at the next Parish Council meeting being held on 2 February 2021.

Co-option notice

Please contact the Clerk if you are interested in applying 01245 358898 or clerk@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk
 

CENSUS 2021

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW Help shape the future of local democracy in Chelmsford
A review is underway of the most local level of decision-making in Chelmsford and Chelmsford City Council wants to hear your views, as part of what is called a Community Governance Review.

62% of the population across Chelmsford have a parish or town council, as well as Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council. The other 38% (within the urban centre of the city) do not have that very local voice.
There are two aspects to the review: (a) should the 38% without local representation have a new tier of local government (e.g. community/parish council), an alternative such as area committees, or remain as they are; and (b) are changes needed to existing parishes.
Boundaries of existing local councils may need to change, especially in areas which have seen a great deal of development. For these reasons, the City Council is carrying out public consultation from Monday 18 January to Thursday 18 March. Have your say at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/cgr  
An information leaflet and paper survey will also be delivered to every household in January, providing an opportunity for you to complete and return via a freepost address.
Chelmsford City Council will consider the results of the consultation and a report will be put before the Council’s Full Council in July 2021, to decide upon the next stage of the review process.

 

THE SPINNEY

Extensive repairs were carried out to the footbridge and pond dipping platform. Residents may now start to re-use the area. Thanks to the local volunteer group tEG who carried out the work under the Parish Council's instructions.

TWITTEN GREEN 
New furniture installed in Twitten Green. The items were purchased via the Essex Locality Fund.  Our thanks go to Essex County Councillor Jenny Chandler for supporting this new initiative as well as our local school children who have been working with us on this great new project. 

  

OUTDOOR TABLE TENNIS COMES TO GALLEYWOOD !
An outdoor table tennis table has been provided by Chelmsford City Council's Sport and Wellbeing Team, supported by Table Tennis England at the Watchouse Road shops. Free bats and balls can be collected from the Parish Council office (by prior arrangement) or from the Galleywood Library. The equipment is for residents to keep please do not leave bats on the table after use.

 

'STAY HOME - PROTECT THE NHS - SAVE LIVES'

Help and Assistance During the Covid 19 Pandemic
Galleywood Volunteer Group 01245 806220 https://www.facebook.com/groups/135868251182961
Essex Welfare Service 0300 303 9988
Government Hotlines
HMRC 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit 0800 328 5644
NHS 111.nhs.uk or 111
Essex County Council www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus
CVS Chelmsford 01245 351888 or 250731 https://chelmsfordcvs.org.uk
Provide - for help with mental health https://www.provide.org.uk/
Support for Businesses during Coronavirus (Covid-19) https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
Food Bank urgent fundraising page https://www.gofundme.com/f/ecafoodbankappeal
Domestic Abuse www.essexcompass.org.uk 0330 333 7444

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE CLOSURE
In line with Government guidance regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the Parish Council office is closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and will have access to Parish Council emails and the office answerphone. We will endeavour to respond to all enquiries.

Youth Club - closed until further notice.

Telephone Book Swap - closed until further notice.

Public Toilets - currently closed (January 2021)

YMCA
The YMCA is currenlty offering a range of support services during the COVID-19 Lockdown.  Family support, Digital Youthworking, Online Early Years and Housing and Welfare support.  If you feel that you know of any individual, families of organisations thta might benefit from these services or might like to know more, please contact http:www.ymcaessex.org.uk/coronavirus-response/

ESSEX POLICE - SPECIAL CONSTABULARY - NOW RECRUITING - GALLEYWOOD
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 www.essex.police.uk/communityspecials 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 clerk@galleywoodparishcouncil.gov.uk

GALLEYWOOD AND DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - IMPORTANT MESSAGE
The group is currently in need of volunteers and would ideally suit members of the community who have 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.
Information can be sent out to provide you with details of what the positions entail.