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 2017 and 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):

2017

October 3rd
November 7th
December 5th

2018


January 2nd
February 6th
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.

5th September 2017 • 4th July 2017 • 6th June 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 5th September 2017.

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

There were six 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 others.

The entrance bollard to the Play Area has been replaced and new grass seed planted at various locations by the new entrance path and football goal areas.

All the equipment and signs at the Play Area were cleaned by jet wash during August which was well received by residents. This procedure will now become a part of the annual ongoing Play Area maintenance programme.

No further news has been received about the proposed Tiptree District Parish Forum.

Cllr Bentley is reviewing all the outstanding Highway issues, a number of which were agreed for action many months ago. The issue of speeding through Birch has been highlighted again by a number of residents and consideration is being given to the best way to address this problem.

A number of other villages have introduced Speed Watch schemes but there has been very little interest by residents to become involved in such a scheme in Birch. A minimum of eight people are required to enable the scheme to operate.

A number of problems with the new recycling and rubbish collections appear to have been resolved but the situation is being monitored by the Zone Wardens.

The Parish Council noted that Mr Tom Wayman who served on the Parish Council for many years, the last 14 of which as Parish Chairman, sadly passed away in July. Amongst his many achievements Tom was instrumental in the purchase of the land to create Birch Play Area which is now enjoyed by the majority of residents.

After much discussion it was agreed that a request from the CBC Affordable Housing Development Officer to carry out a survey and establish the level of need if any in Birch should be carried out.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30 pm.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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Press Release following the Meeting held on 4th July 2017.

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

There were seven planning items discussed this month. Four of these had been approved by CBC and one withdrawn by the applicant. Further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council on one application in Greenfields because of potential parking problems that might occur if the application was approved.

A new tarmac path and improved surface for the Basket Ball court has been laid.

The goal posts have been moved to allow the grass in the goal areas to regrow.

Parking issues around the War Memorial and graveyard seem to have improved since this situation was brought to the attention of the Zone Wardens. It was noted that the black and white bollards on the opposite side of the road to the school were being damaged by large vehicles.

Further discussion regarding the use of the old Birch Surgery building for a community business have so far still not resulted in any new suggestions that are known to the Parish Council. The premises are ideally suited for any scheme involving a community use. Interested parties should contact the agents Strutt & Parker.

Mr Ninnim collected one bag of rubbish and strimmed the Straightway footpath again during June as part of the Birch Parish Council "Keep Birch Tidy Campaign".

No further news has been received from the Ward Councillors or the Highways Dept. about safety along Mill Lane or general Highway issues in the Parish that have been outstanding for up to three years. General speeding in the village will now also be taken up with Highways to see if measures can be implemented to get this reduced.

Action has been taken regarding a missing drain cover in Lower road which was considered to be a safety issue due to its proximately to the School.

A number of problems with the new recycling and rubbish collections were discussed and it was noted that a voucher is required to claim garden bags. The Zone Warden has arranged for these to be sent to residents who have requested them but further information can be found on the CBC website or by ringing CBC Customer Service on 01206 282700.

The large amount of rubbish/fly tipping by previous residents who have left a house in Greenfield was removed following prompt actions by Cllr Ellis. It should be noted that this follows on from actions to solve the problem of anti-social behaviour towards children using the Play Area reported by residents recently.

Details of how to register for ECC Superfast broadband initiative are still available on its website at www.superfastessex.org/whatshappeningnext . Residents are still recommended to have a look to see if they already qualify for the new faster service.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 pm. (There is not a Parish Council meeting in August.)

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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Press Release following the Meeting held on 6th June 2017.

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

The accounts for the period ending 31 March 2017 were approved following an independent account audit.

There were two planning items discussed this month but no further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council.

ROSPA have carried out the annual safety inspection of the Play Area with no major repairs being required. The goal posts will be moved soon to allow the grass in the goal areas to regrow. Enquiries will be made to see what is the most viable way to clean the equipment at the play area. The lack of water and electricity to the site for cleaning purposes is a problem.

Access to the Play Area will be restricted for a couple of days during June to allow for the new tarmac path and improved Basket ball surface.

The entrance bollard onto the play area has been damaged and will be replaced once a new part has been obtained.

Further discussion regarding the use of the old Birch Surgery building for a community business has so far not resulted in any new suggestions that are known to the Parish Council. The idea for a new dental surgery has been withdrawn due to the amount of conversion costs that would be required. The premises are ideally suited for any scheme involving a community use. Interested parties should contact the agents Strutt & Parker.

Mr Ninnim collected one bag of rubbish and strimmed the corner of Lower Road during May to improve the line of site, as part of the Birch Parish Council "Keep Birch Tidy Campaign".

As in previous years it was decided not to take part in the ECC Salt Bag Scheme for 2017/18.

No further news has been received from the Ward Councillors or the Highways Dept. about safety along Mill Lane following concerns received from a number of residents regarding speeding vehicles.

Details of how to register for ECC Superfast broadband initiative are still available on its website at www.superfastessex.org/whatshappeningnext . Residents are still recommended to have a look to see if they already qualify for the new faster service.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th July at 7.30 pm.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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