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 2018

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):

2018

March 6th
April 10th
(includes End Year Meeting)
May 8th (includes Annual General Meeting)
June 5th
July 3rd

The Council does not meet in August
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
December 4th

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.

6th February 2018 • 5th December 2017 • 7th November 2017 • 3rd October 2017

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 6th February 2018.

At the recent meeting of Birch Parish Council the following items were discussed and agreed:

The Secretary of State's Pre-Inquiry Meeting regarding the future of St Peter's Church has been set for 21st February in the Players' Lounge at Colchester United F.C. The meeting will start at 11am.

There was one revised and one new planning application discussed this month. No further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council.

No one has come forward with a viable community use for the former Birch Surgery building. Strutt & Parker have now withdrawn plans to turn the building into a 4-bedroom residence.

Cllr Bentley is still reviewing all the outstanding Highway issues, a number of which were agreed for action many months ago. The issue of speeding through Birch is also being investigated again after a number of residents' complaints.

Gary Cole, the Zone Warden, noted that a further large amount of litter has been collected from the grass verges in the area. A village Litter Pick will be held on 2nd March between 10am and 12 noon. Any residents interested in helping should meet at the Birch Memorial Hall. All the necessary equipment will be supplied by the Zone Wardens.

The Ward Councillors are still reviewing the footpath from Birch Gallery to the School which is now in a poor state of repair. Weeding will not solve the problem and the Parish Council is still pushing for the path to be resurfaced.

A plaque has been erected in the Birch Memorial Hall to remember former Parish Councillor Tom Wayman's long contribution to community matters which was also recorded in the Parish Meeting minutes.

In May all the Parish Council member positions are up for election for the next 4-year term. Any residents who may be interested in standing as a Parish Councillor should contact the Parish Clerk. Further information available so far can be found on the Parish Council website.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 7.30 pm.

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The meeting planned for 2nd January 2018 was cancelled due to the number of councillors affected by 'flu and colds or otherwise unable to attend.



Press Release following the Meeting held on 5th December 2017.

At the recent meeting of Birch Parish Council the following items were discussed and agreed:

There was one revised planning item discussed this month. No further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council.

No one has come forward with a viable community use of the former Birch Surgery building. Strutt & Parker have now put forward plans to turn the building into a 4-bedroom residence.

Cllr Bentley is still reviewing all the outstanding Highway issues, a number of which were agreed for action many months ago. A new signpost at Hardy's Green has been erected. The issue of speeding through Birch is also being investigated again after a number of residents' complaints.

Gary Cole has now returned to Birch as the active Zone Warden. It was noted that a large amount of litter is being discarded on the grass verges in the area.

The Ward Councillors are still reviewing the footpath from Birch Gallery to the School which is now in a poor state of repair. Weeding will not solve the problem and the Parish Council is still pushing for the path to be resurfaced.

It was noted that additional Green Waste bags with yellow tags (4 maximum) can be purchased from CBC allowing a total of 8 bags to be collected each week.

It was agreed that an event will take place to remember the 100 years anniversary of the end of the First World War in November 2018. Further information will be available in due course.

A plaque will be erected in Birch Memorial Hall to remember former Parish Councillor Tom Wayman's long contribution to community matters.

It was agreed that no increase in the Parish Precept was thought necessary for the period 2018/2019.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 7.30 pm.

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Press Release following the Meeting held on 7th November 2017.

At the recent meeting of Birch Parish Council the following items were discussed and agreed:

There was one revised planning item discussed this month. No further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council.

No one has come forward with a viable community use of the former Birch Surgery building. Strutt & Parker now intend to seek planning permission for a change of use to a residential dwelling.

Cllr Bentley is still reviewing all the outstanding Highway issues, a number of which were agreed for action many months ago. The issue of speeding through Birch is also being investigated again after a number of residents' complaints.

It has been reported that a dog owner is allowing its animal to damage rubber fitments on play equipment at the Play Area. Having the parts replaced is in most cases very expensive and of course damage can be a safety issue for children using the equipment. This matter has been brought to the attention of the Zone Wardens and residents are reminded that they are responsible for their pets and fines that may result from any damage caused.

Overhanging trees at the Heckford Angel Public House will be cut back at Heckfordbridge by the new owners to help improve the line of sight and pedestrian access on the path.

A number of footpath issues that have been brought to the attention of the Parish Council actually fall in the Parish of Layer Breton will be reported to the Layer Breton Parish Clerk for improved access.

The Ward Councillors will be reviewing the footpath from Birch Gallery to the School which is now in a poor state of repair. Weeding will not solve the problem and the Parish Council is still pushing for the path to be resurfaced.

A decision on having a new permanent litter bin that would be funded by the Parish Council and situated in Blind Lane was carried over to the December meeting pending further discussions with CBC and the Zone Warden.

There have been a number of problems of speeding vehicles on the old Birch Airfield site, one of which involved a recent head on crash. This area is a popular location for learner drivers and residents are advised to take extra care if using the airfield.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30 pm.

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Press Release following the Meeting held on 3rd October 2017.

At the recent meeting of Birch Parish Council the following items were discussed and agreed:

There were three planning items discussed this month. Two of these had been approved by CBC. No further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council on the other.

Cllr Bentley is still reviewing all the outstanding Highway issues a number of which were agreed for action many months ago. The issue of speeding through Birch is also being investigated again, after a number of residents' complaints.

The Ward Councillors will be reviewing the footpath from Birch Gallery to the School which is now in a poor state of repair. Weeding will not solve the problem and the Parish Council is pushing for the path to be resurfaced.

There has been no further interest from residents regarding setting up a Speed Watch scheme in Birch. A minimum of eight people are required to enable a scheme to operate.

A presentation was given to the Council about the redevelopment of the Angel public house at Heckfordbridge. It is hoped to reopen the building as a public house/restaurant but no time frame has been agreed.

A suggestion for a new permanent litter bin that would be funded by the Parish Council and situated in Blind Lane was deferred until the next meeting to allow all Council members to discuss the issue.

There have been a number of problems of speeding vehicles on the old Birch Airfield site, one of which involved a recent head on crash. This area is a popular location for learner drivers and residents are advised to take extra care if using the airfield.

No further information has been received from the CBC affordable housing development officer or RCCE about the proposed survey to establish the level of need if any in Birch.

The external Auditor has signed off the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017.

Essex County Council is reviewing its Mobile Library Service. A public consultation on proposed changes is now taking place and will end on Monday 6th November. Users of the mobile library service, which visits Birch, can find more information and complete a survey on-line at http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/news/mobile-library-service-consultation

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th November at 7.30 pm.

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