Housing: The housing team is responding to all housing enquiries as usual. If you think you may be at risk of homelessness, please report to Streetlink as soon as possible.
Car parks: All of our car parks are open as usual, however we have decided to close access to the upper floors of the George Yard Multi-Storey car park and so the lifts will not be available to use.
Free parking for NHS and Key Workers
To support their efforts in dealing with this global pandemic, we are working in partnership with the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to allow NHS and key workers to park in the Council’s owned car parks free of change by issuing digital permits. Any NHS staff and critical key worker may apply for this permit. To find out more information and to apply for a permit, visit the North Essex Parking Partnership website for more details.
Halstead Town Council manages the car parks in Halstead and is also offering free car parking for NHS and Key Workers. For more information visit https://www.halsteadtowncouncil.org.uk/
Cemetery chapels: All three of our chapels (Braintree, Bocking and Witham) are now closed for services until further notice, however our cemeteries do still remain open.
Weekly market: This will be operating Wednesday and Saturday in Braintree, and Saturdays in Witham, but only with stalls selling essential food and groceries until further notice.
Street Market: We have cancelled our Braintree Street Markets for April and May. We’ll be keeping this under review, and we’ll update you if this arrangement changes.
Planning: We have had to make some changes to our planning service, including street naming and numbering, pre-application advice and duty planning officer arrangements. Full details available on our website.
Licensing: The licensing team have stopped their proactive licensing visits until further notice, however they can still be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Special Treatments will not be carried out at this time and no new applications will be accepted until further notice. Whilst our offices are shut, special arrangements are in place for driver and vehicle renewals.
Food hygiene and health and safety: The team have stopped visits at the current time. Anyone wishing to start up a food business at this time must register and contact the department to discuss how they intend to operate and what they wish to sell. Please contact the Food Safety Team at HealthProtection@braintree.gov.uk. If you have concerns about any business that is currently trading and should not be, please contact us at HealthProtection@braintree.gov.uk
Parks: Our BDC owned parks and public spaces are still open but equipped play areas, outdoor gyms and public toilets are closed.