Long-awaited plans for a £1.5million community centre are underway after ten years in the pipeline.

Halstead Community Centre Charitable Company, who are spearheading the development on Butler Road, Halstead, say the project is ‘alive and making progress’.

Company secretary Anne Cartwright said: “Our trustees have a lifetime of experience and this makes it a very productive and well-rounded group.

“We are all committed to Halstead and to this building being a new landmark for the town.”

The company hope to complete a business plan in the coming months which will enable them to apply for funding from Braintree District Council.