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The village of Birch lies about four and a half miles south west of Colchester in the county of Essex. The civil parish of Birch comes within the administrative area of the Borough of Colchester.

On this site you will find information about Birch Parish Council, its Councillors, meetings, the Parish boundary (with maps) and Policies & Procedures.

As a service to the local community, you will find here also information about local organisations, activities and amenities for which the Parish Council is not responsible and for which it cannot, therefore, accept any liability.

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Next Parish Council Meeting - Tuesday, 6th September 2016

The Parish Council does not meet in August. The next meeting of Birch Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 6th September at 7-30pm, in Birch Memorial Hall.

Colchester Borough Council - Local Plan Consultation

Colchester Borough Council is holding a Preferred Options Consultation on its Local Plan from 9th July to 16 September 2016. More information about the consultation is available on the Borough Council's website at

Mrs Elaine Bowtle, Chair of Birch Parish Council, says the Local Plan will affect residents of Birch as the plan is to build 10 to 15 houses on land behind the former doctor’s Surgery over the next 15 years. She urges all residents to inspect this plan which is available at the Borough Council's Drop-In sessions, and then let the Parish Council and the Borough Council know your feelings.

Mrs Bowtle comments that we do not have the infrastructure that more houses require. By way of example she points out :
  • We now have no Doctor’s Surgery.
  • We no longer have a shop.
  • The school is unable to take more children.
  • The future of the bus service is under review.

The Parish Council needs your comments as soon as possible. Comments can be delivered to Mrs Bowtle at Hollybrooke House, Birch Street, Birch, Colchester CO2 0ND or to the Parish Clerk, Mr Alan Condron, 55 Malting Green Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester C02 0JJ, or sent by email to the Parish Clerk. Comments to Mrs Bowtle or the Clerk should be delivered before the next Parish Council meeting which is to be held on Tuesday 6th September. As explained above, the Borough's consultation ends on 16th September and submissions must be received no later than that date.

Parish Council Meeting held on 5th July 2016

A Press Release, summarising matters discussed at the meeting held on 5th July, is available on the Meetings page of this website.

Local Bus Service

Hedingham Buses recently announced that following the closure of its Tollesbury depot on 23rd July it would be withdrawing the 92 Service with effect from Monday 25th July. On Monday 11th July Essex County Council announced it would step in to support the continued running of this and other services which were due to be withdrawn.

Year End Report - for the Year to 31st March 2016

A report on the concerns and activities of Birch Parish Council during the year ended 31st March 2016 can be viewed on the page Year End Report.

Refuse Freighter Visits to Birch and Layer Breton in 2016

Colchester Borough Council operates an Attended Refuse Freighter Scheme under which a refuse freighter visits Birch and Layer Breton from time to time. The next refuse freighter visit in 2016 is scheduled for Saturday 27th August.
  - Luard Way, Birch: 9-30am to 10-45am.
  - St Mary's Church car park, Layer Breton: 11-00am to 12 noon.
The service is provided for small loads from domestic properties, so that you can dispose of bulky items not normally collected with household waste. Green garden waste should be brought separately (to be composted). No fridges, freezers or other electrical goods, no hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids or gas bottles, and no commercial refuse. For more information, telephone 01206-282700.

Birch Parish Council Information

On this site you will find information about:
 – The Responsibilities and Work of Birch Parish Council
 – Parish Councillors and the Parish Clerk
 – Dates of Birch Parish Council Meetings
 – Press Releases issued by the Council after meetings
 – Minutes and Agendas of Council meetings
 – Year End Report for the year ending 31st March 2016.
 – Boundary and Maps of Birch Civil Parish
 – The Council's Policies and Procedures

Birch Parish Council Annual Accounts

The Council's Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2016 are available for viewing or download in PDF format by using this link Annual Accounts 2015/16   Also available for viewing or download in PDF format are the Annual Accounts 2015/16 - Bank Reconciliation Details

Other Local Information

The site also carries information about:
 – The Village Hall
 – Birch Shop and Leisure Bus
 – Policing and Crime Prevention
 – The Three Villages Community Association (TVCA)
 – Websites with local content.

Please contact the webmaster or Parish Clerk if you think there is other information which could usefully be added to the site.

Monthly Newsletter: 'Parish News'

This monthly magazine goes to every home and is produced independently of Birch Parish Council. It provides useful information on the many local community social events and carries Council notices, press releases and other information. In addition to a range of articles including our countryside, food and local history, Parish News carries a range of over 40 local commercial advertisements.
For further information and contact details, see

Disclaimer of Legal Liability

Information on this website is given in good faith, but Birch Parish Council does not accept any liability for the accuracy or reliability of such information. References on this website to other organisations, individuals or businesses do not imply any endorsement, approval or recommendation of them by the Parish Council.

This site has links to external websites. Birch Parish Council has no control over third party websites or services and is not responsible for their content. The existence of a link here to an external website does not imply endorsement or approval by the Council which accepts no liability for loss or damage arising from reliance on the content of external websites.