CRIME-BUSTING CCTV in Halstead is in line for an upgrade as council bosses prepare to splash the cash and invest tens of millions of pounds in the district in the coming 12 months.

Almost £42.7million will be spent by Braintree Council on capital projects in the new financial year from April.

Much of the money will go towards the cost of the Manor Street development in Braintree, as well as the new business park at Great Notley, Horizon 120.

The major investment forms part of the council’s ‘health, homes, journeys and jobs’ agenda which aims to “unlock” more opportunities for residents and businesses.

Money will be spent on other projects such as the new technology centre, called I-Construct, in Springwood Drive, Braintree, and the pedestrianisation of Braintree High Street.

Around £58,000 has been set aside for the refurbishment of the Grade I listed Bocking Windmill over a six-year period to repair steps, sails, windows and the body of the mill.

Council leader Graham Butland said: “We’re investing in what matters to our residents – health and homes, journeys and jobs.

“From smaller community projects such as improving our play areas and sports facilities which will mean our young people can get out away from screens, keep active and find new talents.... but we’re also taking on some of the big issues such as climate change, being a place where innovative businesses can thrive and homes for our young people.”

In comparison, the council has spent £9.66m on capital projects in the current financial year.

It says the cost of the investment will be covered by income generated from commercial projects. Council tax will also be increased to generate money.

A spokesman added: “Despite receiving £6.7 million less from central Government, the council has balanced its budget by bringing in income - largely through careful financial management and investments, including the buying of commercial buildings to rent out and by reducing costs without impacting on the services received by residents.”

New projects have also been announced as part of the investment. These include:

  • CCTV upgrades in Halstead and Braintree


  • Refurbishments to play areas in Albert Moss Recreational Gardens in Rivenhall, Bramble Road in Witham, Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens in Braintree and Notley Community Hall in Notley Green


  • Protection of a number of open spaces in Braintree and Witham from unauthorised traveller encampments


  • The creation of a footpath linking Albert Moss car park to the village hall in Rivenhall and playing fields which will make it much improved and more accessible for all


  • Resurfacing of the artificial grass pitch and improvements to the athletic track at Braintree Sports & Health Club


  • Creation of gardens of remembrance at some of Braintree Council-run cemeteries.