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

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.

10th April 2018 • 6th March 2018 • 6th February 2018

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 10th April 2018.

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

The Parish Council wish to pass on their sincere condolences to the family of Alan Condron, Clerk to the Parish Council, who sadly passed away on 9th April 2018. Alan served as Parish Clerk for many years, always with great diligence and efficiency despite recent illnesses. His contribution to the Council work will be greatly missed.

The inquiry into St. Peter's church is opening on 9th October 2018. As yet no venue has been named by the Inspector. It is expected that this could last for three weeks.

There were two planning applications discussed. No further action was considered necessary by the Parish Council.

There are still various Highways issues outstanding which continue to be followed up by Cllr. Bentley. These include signposts, traffic signs and fences. Also the issue of traffic speed along Mill Lane and Birch Street, plus the condition of the footpath between Birch Gallery and the School.

Next Energy have instigated a project to install solar panels to the Village Hall. However, Colchester Borough Council are currently conducting a consultation relevant to Birch Conservation Area, the outcome of which may affect any decision made with regard to solar panels.

The Colchester Borough Zone Wardens, led by Gary Cole, continue to provide an excellent service, keeping the village clear of litter and fly tipping. Recent fly tipping has led to identification of the culprits and the Council take this very seriously. Fly tippers can be fined or even prosecuted - BE AWARE.

A litter pick will be carried out on Thursday 12th April. Throughout the summer the Wardens will also carry out a programme to maintain the village benches and notice boards.

Dates for 2018 for the attended refuse freighter can be found on the Home page of this website.

In May, all Parish Councillor positions are up for election. All current Councillor nominations have been agreed and accepted.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 7.30 p.m. at Birch Memorial Hall. This meeting will include the AGM.

Due to the death of the Parish Clerk, the Clerk position is currently vacant.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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Press Release following the Meeting held on 6th March 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 was held on 21st February in the Players' Lounge at Colchester United F.C. The actual Enquiry is not likely to take place until October.

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

The problem of a dog being allowed to swing by its teeth on the play equipment has started again, damaging the equipment. Should the offending owner be caught they will be prosecuted so please stop this practice immediately.

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 ditch in Mill Lane which was dug out recently, and rubbish left behind, is thought to be the responsibility of Colchester Borough Homes. Councillor Ellis will follow up to have the items removed.

A Village Litter Pick that was planned to be held on 2nd March was cancelled due to the bad weather. A new date will be announced asap.

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.

In May all 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 by 19th March. Further information available so far can be found on the Parish website.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th April 2018 at 7.30 pm. (This meeting will include the End Year meeting.)

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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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.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

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