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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 - Zone 1

Zone Warden Gary ColeZone 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.

Zone Warden Gary Cole

As at November 2017 the Zone Warden primarily looking after Birch/Tiptree is Gary Cole (Mob: 07507-647373 or use this link to email Gary).

On the first Monday of each month Gary will be outside Birch Memorial Hall, from 9-00am for about an hour, to issue recycling equipment (for kerbside recycling collections) to those who need them.

The Zone Warden primarily looking after Layer Breton/Mersea is Tim Pickard (Mob: 07967-692030 or use this link to email Tim).

Birch is within Colchester Borough's Zone 1. The Zone Manager, Steve Switzer (Mob: 07770 365 810), is supported by Zone Wardens Tim Pickard (Mob: 07967-692030) and Gary Cole (Mob: 07507-647373. The Zone Wardens are assisted by four Zone Operatives: Keith Gwilliam, Sue Healey, Brian Rands and Scott Tuckwell. 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. The Team welcomes any suggestions as to how it can improve our local neighbourhood and aims to work with local residents to improve our environment.0

On a daily basis the Zone Team tries to ensure that its Zone is clean and safe for those who live or work in the area or visit it. The team also runs and supports many events for and with residents and organisations within our Zone. For more information visit the Zone 1 page on Colchester Borough Council's website at

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.