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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, 4th October 2016

The next meeting of Birch Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 4th October at 7-30pm, in Birch Memorial Hall. The Agenda Notice for the meeting is available as a download from the Minutes & Agendas page.

Orpen's Hill Closure

The Parish Council has received notification from Essex County Council Highways Dept that Orpen's Hill will be closed, from the junction with Lower Road, north for a distance of approx 840m to its junction with the B1022 Maldon Road, from Monday, 10th October for 3 days, weather permitting. The closure is to enable carriageway patching work to be carried out.

During the closure the alternative route to and from the B1022 will be via Lower Road (just north of Birch School).

Parish Council Meeting held on 6th September 2016

A Press Release, summarising matters discussed at the meeting held on 6th September, is available on the Meetings page of this website.

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 www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan

The Local Plan will affect Birch residents as it includes a proposal to build 10 to 15 houses on land behind the former doctor’s Surgery over the next 15 years. The Parish Council is writing to Colchester Borough Council with its views on the proposal, together with copies of the representations it has received from local residents.

Call 105Power Cuts - Reporting, and Getting Information About Them

Many Birch residents rely on overhead power lines for their electricity supply. From time to time extreme weather conditions and other incidents lead to power cuts in our locality.

There is now a new three-digit telephone number, 105, which can be used to report or get information about power cuts. You can also call 105 to report damage to electricity power lines and substations. The 105 number is free of charge and will put you through to UK Power Networks, the electricity network operator for London, the East and South East of England. 105 can be called from most landlines and mobile phones.

Alternatively you can report or get information about power cuts by calling UK Power Networks on their freephone number 0800-316-3105.

It is important to be aware that cordless 'phones do not work when there is no mains power. During a power cut you will need to use a corded landline or mobile 'phone to call 105 or 0800-316-3105.

Bus Service between Birch and Colchester

Earlier this year Hedingham Buses announced that following the closure of its Tollesbury depot on 23rd July it would be withdrawing the 92 Service. Essex County Council has stepped in to support the continued running of this and other services which were due to be withdrawn. The times of buses between Birch and Colchester are shown in the table below

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.




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 and Returns

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

The Council's Annual return for the year ended 31 March 2016 is available for viewing or download in PDF format by using this link Annual return 2015/16. The return contains four sections:
Section 1 - Annual governance statement 2015/16
Section 2 - Accounting statements 2015/16
Section 3 - External auditor certificate and report 2015/16 Certificate
Annual internal audit report 2015/16

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 www.bretonheath.me.uk/parnews.htm



Bus Service between Birch and Colchester

Service 92 is operated by Hedingham Buses with the financial support of Essex County Council.

As at September 2016, bus times to and from Colchester High Street are as shown in the abridged table below.

It is recommended that before travelling you check whether there have been any timetable changes by visiting the Hedingham Buses website at www.hedingham.co.uk

BIRCH to COLCHESTER

Monday to Friday, except public holidays
Birch Street, Mill Lane 08:0509:2710:5212:5213:5215:5217:02
Colchester, High Street 08:2509:4711:1213:1214:1216:1217:22
Saturdays
Birch Street, Mill Lane   10:2512:25 15:25 
Colchester, High Street   10:4412:44 15:44 

COLCHESTER to BIRCH

Monday to Friday, except public holidays
Colchester, High Street [DC] 08:2509:4711:1213:1214:1216:1217:22
Birch Street, opp Mill Lane 08:5510:1211:4213:4214:4216:4217:55
Saturdays
Colchester, Osborne Street [AA]  09:3011:30  16:15 
Colchester, Crouch Street [DA]  09:3311:33  16:18 
Birch Street, opp Mill Lane  09:4811:48  16:33 


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.