Birch Village SignMeetings

All meetings of Birch Parish Council are open to the public and the Council particularly welcomes the attendance of residents in the Parish. At meetings, members of the public may ask questions relating to the work and services of the Council. Questions cannot always be answered immediately but will be dealt with appropriately.

Anyone wishing to have an item placed on the agenda for discussion at a Parish Council meeting should notify the Clerk not less than seven days prior to the meeting.

Parish Council Meetings in 2019

Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month except in August when the Council does not meet.

Meetings are held in Birch Memorial Hall, starting at 7-30pm.

Meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates (subject to the timing of Bank Holidays and elections):

7th May (Annual Parish Meeting followed by Annual Council Meeting)
4th June
2nd July

The Council does not meet in August
3rd September
1st October
5th November
3rd December

Press Releases

After each meeting the Parish Council issues a press release summarising the discussions and decisions taken at that meeting. The texts of recent press releases are reproduced below.

5th March 2019 • 5th February 2019 • 8th January 2019

The formal minutes of a meeting are not available until they have been approved at the next meeting of the Council. Approved minutes of previous meetings are available as downloads, in MS Word format, from the Minutes page of this website.

Press release following the meeting held on 5th March 2019.

The Chairman, Cllr Bowtle, welcomed those present to the meeting.

Cllr Kevin Bentley and two members of the public joined the Parish Council for the March Parish Council meeting. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend the Parish Council meetings; there is a slot on the agenda where you can ask the Council any questions or raise any matters relating to Birch. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have or if it's something that requires the Council to make a decision we will include it on the next agenda. You do not have to stay for the whole meeting although of course, you are more than welcome to do so.

There is still no further news on the St Peter's Church planning application which will be decided at a committee meeting of Colchester Borough Council.

Play Area - the Council is considering refurbishing the play area. A number of low risk repairs are needed plus new safety surfacing. The cost is likely to be in the region of £12,000 and the Council will be applying for funding to help cover the costs.

Litter - Councillors continue to collect rubbish from the area and work closely with our Colchester Zone Warden, Gary Cole, who does a great job arranging for any fly-tipping to be cleared away promptly.

The next meeting of Birch Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 2 April 2019, at 7.30pm in Birch Memorial Hall. We look forward to seeing you there.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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Press release following the meeting held on 5th February 2019.

Two members of the public joined the Parish Council for the February Parish Council meeting. The Chairman, Cllr Bowtle, welcomed those present to the meeting.

There is still no further news on the St Peter's Church planning application which will be decided at a committee meeting of Colchester Borough Council.

Mobile Library - the library route review has been postponed until after the Library Strategy Consultation so changes to Luard Way, if appropriate, are unlikely to happen until Autumn 2019.

Play Area - the first of two annual safety inspections has been carried out on the play equipment. Although no urgent repair work is required a quote to carry out repairs that have a medium risk, mainly safety surfacing, will be obtained.

Emergency Plan - the Plan is now just about complete and will be signed off at the March meeting. A copy will then be forwarded to Colchester Borough Council for their information.

Litter - another 24 bags of rubbish had been collected during January/February.

The Jock Wadley Road Race 2019 - 10 March, 10am and 1.30pm. The following roads will be affected; Birch Road, Layer Breton Hill and the B1026.

The next meeting of Birch Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7.30pm at Birch Memorial Hall, all are welcome.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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Press release following the meeting held on 8th January 2019.

Borough Councillor Ellis and five members of the public joined the Parish Council for the January Parish Council meeting. The Chairman, Cllr Bowtle, welcomed those present to the meeting and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

There was no further news on the St Peter's Church planning application which will be decided at a committee meeting of Colchester Borough Council.

Casual Vacancy - as no election had been called following the resignation of Cllr Harvey the Council was able to go ahead and co-opt a new Parish Councillor. Mr Arthur Gidlow was co-opted as Parish Councillor and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office agreeing to abide by the Councils Code of Conduct. Cllr Gidlow was welcomed to the Council.

Mobile Library - the Council will write to Essex County Council to request that the Mobile Library parks in Luard Way which is more accessible than the Memorial Hall car park.

Planning - representatives from Portia Group were in attendance to discuss the planning application for the renovation and refurbishment of the Heckford Angel. This was originally submitted to Colchester Borough Council (CBC) nearly two years ago. The Council has previously written to CBC to support the application but will send another letter of support in the hope that the application will be approved.

Emergency Plan - Cllr Walsh has produced an excellent Emergency Plan. A few amendments were needed to complete the Plan, a copy of which will be sent to CBC.

Litter Pick - Gary Cole (CBC Zone Warden) has arranged a litter pick for Birch on Thursday 28 March, 10am - 12noon. Councillors continue to litter pick in and around Birch and last month over 27 bags of rubbish were collected.

The next meeting of Birch Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 5 February 2019, 7.30pm at Birch Memorial Hall. All are welcome.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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