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The primary point of contact for Birch Parish Council is normally the Parish Clerk. All correspondence and queries relating to the business of the Council should generally be addressed to the Parish Clerk. Contact with any of the Parish Councillors can also be made through the Clerk, either in writing or by email.

Issues relating to the maintenance of this website can be addressed, in the first instance, direct to the Webmaster.

Parish Clerk

Ms Angela Balcombe

6 Shires Close
Great Notley
Braintree CM77 7FT

Tel: 01376-550927. Mob: 07939-536286
Email: Birch Parish Clerk

Parish Council Chair

Mrs Elaine Bowtle

Hollybrooke House
Birch Street
Colchester CO2 0ND

Tel: 330388


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Borough Councillors

Birch (Civil) Parish lies within the administrative area of the Borough of Colchester. Three Borough Councillors are elected to represent the Marks Tey and Layer Ward which includes the villages of Birch, Layer Breton, Layer Marney and Layer de la Haye. These Councillors are not members of Birch Parish Council but regularly attend Parish Council meetings to report on the progress of relevant local issues at Borough level and to acquaint themselves with the views of the Parish Council and local residents on such issues. The three Borough Councillors are:

Cllr Kevin BentleyCouncillor Kevin Bentley

Willoughby End
32 Willoughby Avenue
West Mersea
Colchester CO5 8AU

Telephone: 01206-382405
FAX: 01206-548200

Cllr Andrew EllisCouncillor Andrew Ellis

Wigborough Road
Colchester CO5 7RA.

Telephone: 01206-735166
Mobile: 07768 986 611

Cllr Jackie MacLeanCouncillor Jackie Maclean

263 London Road
Colchester CO3 8LT.

Telephone: 01206 212128

Local Community Zone Team - Neighbourhood 1

Zone Teams, employed by Colchester Borough Council, serve the needs of local communities. They work to improve local streets through cleaning, litter picking, emptying litter and dog bins and carrying out street-based maintenance. They provide environmental education, support, advice and enforcement to encouraging positive behaviour change and support local communities as part of consultation work and help coordinate and promote community events.

Birch comes within Neighbourhood 1 which is staffed by a Neighbourhood Manager, Neighbourhood Wardens, and Neighbourhood Operatives. Between them, they endeavour to support the local community and improve and maintain the areas covered in their neighbourhood. Residents' input is extremely valuable to the team which welcomes any suggestions as to how it can improve its local neighbourhood and aims to work with local residents to improve their environment.

Our Neighbourhood Manager is Fiona McDonald (Mob: 07866 896614; Email:

Liam SkeltonThe Neighbourhood Warden primarily looking after Birch, is now Liam Skelton (Mob: 07852 457193; Email: who has taken over from Gary Cole.

Liam Skelton

The Neighbourhood Warden primarily looking after Layer Breton/Mersea is Tim Pickard (Mob: 07967-692030; Email:

On the first Monday of each month a Neighbourhood Warden will be outside Birch Memorial Hall, from 9:00am for about an hour, to issue recycling bags and containers (for kerbside recycling collections) to those who need them. Residents need to obtain a voucher from Colchester Borough Council before collecting additional bags or containers.

Members of the Zone Team can be contacted to report fly tipping, graffiti, stray dogs and dog fouling. They can also provide advice on saving energy, recycling, and rubbish collection.

CAE-logoCommunity Agents Essex
Support for Older People and Informal Carers

Community Agents Essex is a countywide network of agents and volunteers who support older people and informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community.

The network of agents and volunteers supports independence by reducing isolation and providing support with daily living skills and aids. Agents can help with things like paperwork and offer advice on matters such as benefits, mobility aids and adaptations. If you are unsure about where to turn or who to ask, agents can guide you in the right direction. They aim to keep you safe, happy and well within your own home. They can visit you in your own home to discuss your needs and agree the best courses of action that are right for you.

For more information visit their website at or contact the Community Agent for Birch, Teresa Sparks - email, Mobile 07711-556755.