Galleywood Parish Council   01245 358898



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.
All forthcoming Council and Committee meetings are cancelled along with the monthly Councillor surgeries.
The Annual Parish Meeting due to be held on 30 April 2020 has been postponed.
During the perod of closure the Parish Council's Village Attendants will not be litter picking in the Village, therefore it would be helpful if residents could dispose of any litter at home.

Public Toilets Watchouse Road - these are now closed until further notice.

Youth Club - this is now closed until further notice.

Telephone Book Swap - this is now closed until further notice.

Help and Assistance During the Covid 19 Pandemic

Galleywood Volunteer Group 01245 806220

Government Hotlines 
HMRC 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit 0800 328 5644
School Closures 0800 046 8687
NHS or 111

Essex County Council

CVS Chelmsford 01245 351888 or 250731

Provide - for help with mental health

'Dear resident, I have never written to anyone on a more important subject.I would ask that you take a moment to read this message. We are facing the biggest challenge of our times. Coronavirus is a killer, if we do nothing, 500,000 people across our great Country will die. But that horrendous outcome will not happen provided we act. The Government has issued good advice, but not all of us are following it. This is not good enough. We MUST heed the advice from Government. It is simple and it is in our hands. STAY HOME AND SAVE LIVES. Across Essex this weekend, we have seen people behaving in a way which was very much like going about their usual business. I will be blunt. This is not acceptable. We MUST socially distance. Even though some schools across Essex will stay open, you should only take your children to them, if you have been notified that you are a critical worker AND if you absolutely have NO other option.
The NHS - if the epidemic peaks, as it has in Italy, which has a world-class health system, the NHS will be overwhelmed. We must not allow the 'peak' of the epidemic to outstrip the NHS's capacity to care. Every single one of us can ensure that this nightmare scenario does not happen. In China and South Korea the spread of the virus has been kept in check because Governments have acted quickly enough and people have followed advice. We must follow suit. Our great Country of Essex has always risen to the challenges over the decades. This is the greatest one of our times. Please follow the advice, Stay Home, Save Lives, #StayHomeSaveLives'

Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council  
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, Essex County Council



Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Skinners Lane, Galleywood 

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Skinners Lane, due to commence on 6 April 2020 for 61 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Cadent undertakes gas mains replacement works. Road closure in place between 6 April 2020 and 30 April 2020. At all other times the road will be open to traffic..



An update has been posted on the Army and Navy website (summarised below). The full link to Essex County Council's webpage should you need it is:

  • From Monday 30 March 2020 through until 17 April temporary lane restrictions are expected overnight and on the Army and Navy roundabout and its approaches.  Restrictions will be in place between the hours of 7.30pm and 6.30am.
    Tuesday 7 April 2020 – Essex Yeomanry Way will be fully closed to outbound traffic (i.e. closed to vehicles travelling in an eastward direction, away from roundabout/city centre) between the hours of 12.30am and 5am. 
    Thursday 16 April and Friday 17 April 2020 – Parkway to be closed for two nights to inbound traffic (i.e. closed to vehicles travelling west towards the city centre) between the hours of 12.30am and 5am. 
  • A separate diversion route will be in place during this temporary road closure to access the Travelodge.  These arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.  Please always check onsite signage and traffic management in place.   We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these overnight works.


Maintenance works at The Spinney commenced on Wednesday 11 March has now been postponed due to government regulation regarding COVID-19 . This includes repairs to the gates and fencing, footbridge boards and barriers for the pond dipping platform. Fencing protecting the path from the main pond will also be replaced. During this time the area will remain closed to pedestrians and there is no access through the site. Appropriate notices have been put up and the entrance gates taped off. Please do not enter the site nor remove the notices or tape.


Maintenance works at Twitten Green commenced on Monday 16  March 2020. This includes the installation of a kissing gate to the rear of the site entering Poinds Road.  Vegetation will be cut back and general tree maintenance undertaken.  It is anticipated that the first clearance phase will be completed within the week.  Please do not enter the site if workmen are present or remove any notices or tape deployed.


Could you help Farleigh Hospice by opening up your garden on Sunday 5 July? Click HERE Tel 01245 457352 or email  This event may have been cancelled or postponed - please call the contact number provided for more information.


IMPORTANT NEWS - Plastic Recycling
Chelmsford City Council will no longer be supplying residents with additional rolls for recycling. In response to the climate and ecology emergency declared in July 2019, they have loooked at areas where we can eliminate or reduce single-use plastics within their organisation. The decision was made to no longer issue outposts with rolls of plastic recycling bags with immediate effect. They will continue to deliver a roll of plastic sacks to each household once a year.

Dog foul bags will also no longer be issued. Part of being a responsible dog owner is picking up your dog's waste. Once the limited supply of bags held by the Parish Council at the Keene Hall has gone there will be no more.


GALLEYWOOD LIBRARY - Closed until further notice 
Galleywood Parish Council is very please to receive the news that Essex County Council has decided not to close any libraries in Essex. As part of the recent Essex Future Library Services Strategy 2019-24, Galleywood Library was originally placed in Tier 4 and identified for closure. The Parish Council has been proactive with holding a public meeting back in January and a series of meetings with Essex County Council's Cabinet member, Councillor Susan Barker. A Strategy for the Galleywood Library had also been prepared by the Parish Council to keep us 'ahead of the game'. Click HERE to view the document.  We now look forward to working closely with Essex County Council and others to deliver a future proofed Galleywood Library service.

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

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.

In case of any emergency please contact 01245 606299 or for any other issues please contact