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What the Parish Council does


The Parish Council owns the Nature Reserve and the Playing Field. The task of running the latter is devolved to the Playing Field Management Committee which is responsible to the Parish Council. A small percentage of the Council Tax is given to the Parish Council by the District Council to run the following:- Street Lighting, maintenance of footpaths and bridleways, the cutting of grass on the small areas owned by the Council (mainly the greenswards outside the Playing Field and opposite the Old Post office.)

The Parish Council relies on members of the public to provide information about street lamps which are not working, footpaths which are obstructed or any other information which helps to improve the quality of life in the Village. Either phone the Parish Clerk. (Ms Sara Moutard Tel: 01787 479655 or e-mail,


The Council sees all planning application initially and has the right to comment on them, but the final decision is always taken by the District Council.

The centre of the Village and along Church Road to the Church is a Conservation Area. Within the Conservation Area, special rules apply to Planning Applications so it is worthwhile consulting a Parish Councillor if your property is within that area. Similarly, all trees over 6 inches in diameter within the Conservation Area are protected and an application has to be made for felling or any remedial work. Even outside the Conservation Area, certain mature trees are protected so it is worthwhile seeking advice before doing any work on them.

Members of the Council

Chairman: Mr Peter Wardle

34 Highlands


C09 1PH

01787 476894

Vice Chairman: Mr Bob Waters

21 Meadway


C09 1TG

01787 473863

Mr M Ford

18 Greenways Gosfield

C09 1TW

01787 474713

Mrs C Hough

13 Braintree Road Gosfield

C09 1PR

01787 477208

Mr T McMillan

53 Halstead Road Gosfield

C09 1PG

01787 476780

Mr R Ovenden


Hedingham Road


C09 1PJ

01787 476446

Mr D Patmore

3 Nuns Meadow Gosfield

C09 1UB

01787 474047

Mrs M Pawsey

Tye Beams

The Street


C09 1TP

01787 472967

Mr T Strudwick

17 Park Cottages

The Street


C09 1TP

01787 473444

Membership of Committees:

The following members are appointed to stand on committees.

Nature Reserve Committee

(3) Cllrs Hough, Ovenden and Waters

Playing Field Committee

(3) Cllrs Hough, Pawsey and Strudwick

Footpaths Committee

(2) Cllrs McMillan Hough and Ovenden

Finance Committee

(3) Cllrs Pawsey,Patmore and Wardle

Personnel Committee

(3) Cllrs Ovenden, Wardle and Waters

Appeals Committee

(3) Cllrs Hough, Patmore and Waters

Children's Play area Committee

(5) Cllrs Hough, Pawsey Patmore

Planning Committee

(4) Cllrs Ovenden, Pawsey Wardle and Waters

Appointment to serve on the following bodies

The following members are appointed to stand on committees.

Essex Association of Local Councils

(2) Cllrs Pawsey and Wardle

Braintree Association of Local Councils

(2) Cllrs Pawsey and Wardle

Courtauld Charity

(1) Cllr Pawsey

Halstead Area Traffic Liaison Committee

(1) Cllr Pawsey

Coffee Rooms Trust

(1) Cllr Waters

Maurice Rowson Hall Management Committee

(1) Cllr Ford

Tree Wardens

(1) Cllr McMillan, Roger Smith

Dates and venues for meetings

Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7.15 pm. Winter meetings (October-April inclusive) to take place in the Maurice Rowson Hall, summer meetings (May -September inclusive) to take place in the Pavilion.


Contact Information

Parish Clerk
Ms Sara Moutard
27 Meadway

01787 479655