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

July 4th

The Council does not meet in August
September 5th
October 3rd
November 7th
December 5th

2018
(Provisional)

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.

6th June 2017 • 2nd May 2017 • 4th April 2017 • 7th March 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 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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Press Release following the Meeting held on 2nd May 2017.

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

Mrs Elaine Bowtle was elected unopposed as Chair of the Parish Council and Mr Christopher Harvey unopposed as Deputy Chair

All the Parish Council Procedures & Policies were reviewed and approved. These can be found on the Policies & Procedures page this website. The accounts for the period ending 31 March 2017 will be presented and approved once they have been audited by an independent accountant.

The AGM End Year Report was discussed and approved by the Council. It can be viewed on the End Year Report page on this website.

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

The Zone Warden Caroline Law held the first drop-in day to collect waste boxes, clear bags etc., which proved to be very successful. Similar days will be held in the Village Hall car park on the first Tuesday of each month for 1 hour per session starting at 9 am.

A presentation by Teresa Sparks from Community Agents Essex highlighted the services that are available to help older residents and their informal carers. Details are available in the Parish Notice Boards and website or by contacting Teresa on 07711 556755.

Further discussion regarding the use of the old Birch Surgery Building for a community business use resulted in a possible idea and further information should be available in June. The premises are ideally suited for any scheme involving a community use. Interested parties should contact the agents Strutt & Parker.

Mr Ninnim collected two bags of rubbish during April as part of the Birch Parish Council "Keep Birch Tidy Campaign". Straightway was also strimmed to improve access along the path.

Safety along Mill Lane was discussed following concerns received from a number of residents regarding speeding vehicles. Councillor Ellis will take this up with Councillor Bentley and the Highways Dept.

Details of how to register for ECC Superfast broadband initiative are still available on 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 6th June at 7.30 pm.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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

There were three planning items discussed this month but no further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council. Discussion regarding the use of the old Birch Surgery building for community use did not come up with any constructive affordable ideas. The premises are ideally suited for any scheme involving a community use. Interested parties should contact the agents Strutt & Parker.

Mr Ninnim collected seven bags of rubbish during March as part of the Birch Parish Council 'Keep Birch Tidy' campaign. The rest of the bramble hedge at the Play Area has been strimmed.

Caroline Law is taking over from Gary Cole as the main Zone Warden contact from April and details of how to contact her can be found on the contact page of this website.

A much stronger stance will be taken up regarding litter and bad parking in the village.

It was reported that new rules regarding weekly waste collection will be sent out to all residents by CBC very shortly.

Cllr Bentley has in hand the flooding issue at Heckford Bridge and the urgent need for an improvement to the Warren Lane/Maldon Road junction.

The new surface on the overspill car parking area at the Village Hall has now been completed and welcomed as a major improvement by users of the Hall.

The Village Hall Annual Accounts were reviewed by the Parish Council and found to be in good order.

The Parish Council has received a number of positive feedback comments regarding the grass cutting by the new contractor.

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

The meeting agreed to renew CBC litter pick up and bin emptying service at the Play Area for another year.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd May at 7-30 pm. (This meeting will include the AGM).

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

There were no new planning items to discuss this month.

A litter pick organised by the Zone Wardens was held on 1st March. It was nice to see a number of new residents turn out to support the regular volunteers. Over 40 bags of rubbish were collected.

Mr Ninnim also collected a number of additional bags of rubbish from the road verges during February as part of Birch Parish Council's 'Keep Birch Tidy' Campaign.

Work to tarmac the overspill car parking area at the Village Hall was delayed due to the weather but has now been completed.

The TVCA would still like to hear from residents interested in having training on how to use the Parish Defibrillators. The Parish Council agreed to make a donation of £250 towards the First Responders who cover Birch to help purchase necessary equipment.

A post that supports the chain fence at the War Memorial has been damaged and details have been passed on to the land owner for repair.

Following recent complaints residents are reminded that for public safety reasons dogs should be kept on a lead when being exercised. This applies to all residents who are responsible for the animal concerned, be it walkers, cyclists or horse riders.

It was decided not to enter the Essex Best Kept Village Competition 2017.

Details of how to register for ECC Superfast broadband initiative are still available on www.superfastessex.org/whatshappeningnext . Residents are 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 April at 7.30 pm. (This meeting will include the End Year Meeting).

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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