Borough Councillor Dave Harris, Working for Colchester and Berechurch residents.
(Also County Councillor for Shrub End and Berechurch )

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Posted by councillordaveharris on January 4, 2015 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (5)

I have started a petition and campaign to keep our local dentist in Berechurch (Mersea Road)   NHS England is the organisation that commissions the dental service, and they are withdrawing funding for NHS treatment

I am appalled at this cut, and am running a campaign to reverse this unwarranted cut on the service of my area.

People would effectively have to travel much further afield to other dentist 3 and 4 miles away, that are already overbooked with patients. It takes ages to get an appointment as it is.

Dental care is so important, and if we don't get children used to dental care early in life then the adult years will be the worse with health problems

Sign the petition on line, or call me for a paper copy of the petiton

Councillor Dave Harris



Posted by councillordaveharris on January 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Just to wish all my family, friends, neighbours, constituents a very happy and prosperous new year 2015.

I am keen to continue my Councillor and community building work into the new year, so I have already planned the first works of 2015 with a litter pick in YOUR area of Berechurch. Indeed my team and I are working to clear litter in Shrub End as well !

Also lots of leading community payback works to enhance our area.

In addition, my calls to have another "Day of Action" by Council, and Police teams has been heeded, with a date booked for 10th February



Merry Christmas

Posted by councillordaveharris on December 7, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)


With nearly 10,000 Christmas cards across Berechurch and Shrub End to deliver, the team and I have been flat out with delivering our message of seasonal greeting.

The Xmas card has our Christmas wishes, and some useful phone numbers inside, with a very handy 2015 calendar.  My gift to you all.

I would like to wish all a very very peaceful Christmas and a happy new year

As Councillor for Berechurch and Shrub end communities, I am still on duty, so if residents need me, just call 07816168858 or e mail

(PS Look out for people alone at Xmas and wish them the seasons greetings)


Cllr Dave Harris



School Road railings

Posted by councillordaveharris on November 12, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After a serious road accident to a child nearly 3 years ago, I started a petition to have railings put in round School Road roundabout.

This is to separate children from cars.

I submitted the application to Highways panel, money set aside, and now this month, we saw the railings put in place

I urge all car drivers not to drop children on the roundabout but in advance of the area where lots of children congregate

Result for the children's safety


Footpath problems

Posted by councillordaveharris on November 2, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Just carried out an inspection of a fallen Ivy bush onto a footpath running from Berechurch Road to The Willows.

I have pulled it partly clear at the moment, until I get a team to come a cut it up completely.

If you see problems around the estates such as this, just e mail me on  or text to 07816168858


20 is plenty

Posted by councillordaveharris on October 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)



A national campaign exists to restrict our housing estates to 20 mph.

This is to reduce injuries and death due to pedestrian and vehicle collisions.

Already we have several new estates that are 20mph

(Marlborough place, including Chariot Drive, Mario Way etc etc,  Solus/ Quarters estate, including William Harris Way,Spencer Road, Hooper Road etc, and Lethe Grove, Friday Wood Green)

Council is now consulting with residents about 20 mph on Birch Glen estate and The Willows estate.

If you have a view on this, just drop me a line at


Fundraising event - Ten Cafe

Posted by councillordaveharris on September 29, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Picture - Ciggy and I, --- We are about to get the ice cold shock

On Sept 27th, I took part in supporting local resident Ciggy in raising money for Macmillian charity

An ice bucket challenge topped off the coffee morning at Ten Café, with a large amount of money being donated to charity.

Thanks to all who sponsored me to do the ice bucket challenge, (I think lol)

Especially thanks for Ciggy for the concept and Ten Café who supported the whole event


A great community pulling together for a great charity


Dave Harris


Solus and Quarters fun day

Posted by councillordaveharris on September 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On September 27th the Solus and Quarters residents association had there local fun day.  Well done to residents association organisors

It was paid for by Councillor Dave Harris, Councillor Kim Naish, Family Mosaic. Taylor Wimpey, Mint Dining, and Vibes Essex did the DJ (Thank you Damo and Shaun) for the event free of charge

With stalls, a Hog roast, teas and coffees, cakes, ice cream, doughnut stall, and a bouncy castle it was a roaring success.

I am pleased to support and enthuse such community building events.

Well done to all involved -- it was a busy but very fruitful day

Councillor Dave Harris



Neighbourhood watch

Posted by councillordaveharris on August 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)


I have been involved with setting up several Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the area


Finchingfield Way

Birch Glen

are all examples where people power is working.


If you want to get involved in the very good Neighbourhood Watch project just contact me

or 07816168858




Posted by councillordaveharris on July 16, 2014 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with and in fact leading lots of community work every weekend to ensure our area is maintained and enhanced.

Cutting back stinging nettles, overgrown brambles that scratch the faces of passers by on footpaths in The Willows, Monkwick Estate, and Solus, Quarters Estates.

This work was well appreciated by residents who complimented the team on their efforts.

Its hard work, but it is much needed to look after our community

Councillor Dave Harris



Monkwick Fun day success

Posted by councillordaveharris on June 24, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Monkwick Estate fun 14th June 2014

The fun day on 14th June 2014 was a great success. The Residents Association, Councillors Dave Harris and Kim Naish assisted in raising the money to hold the event. Also your residents association members worked hard all afternoon, with Cllrs Kim Naish. Chris Pearson and myself.

 It was a well attended event with many residents coming to enjoy the community building event. Thanks to all the stall holders, the Churches and other organisations, including Council officers who made the day a sucess

We were joined by local Majorettes team, and music supplied by local DJ Lee Chappel


Councillors get new Bench in Play Park

Posted by councillordaveharris on May 5, 2014 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Together with Cllr Kim Naish, I have managed to get a new bench fitted in Monkwick Play area on the field by the adizone.

It was obvious to us, that whilst walking round there was need for another bench so mums and dads could sit and relax, read a book, or just chat whilst the youngsters run off their energy in the park.

Kim and I acquired funds for this via a "Locality budget" and we went half each to make sure residents got a facility that was needed in the area.


Whilst on a Councillor walk round the ward, we stopped off and had a sit down on the new bench (See picture above) 

Its already being well used !


Councillor Dave Harris



Neighbourhood Watch

Posted by councillordaveharris on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

During February and March, I have been working with residents of Solus and Quarters Estate to discuss keeping the area we live in safe.

The community is growing, both in size and ability to look after ourselves.

Our inagural meeting went well, where many residents came and heard from Police Representative and myself how neighbour hood watch works. 

With the set up meeting behind us, we are now a properly constituted Neighbourhood Watch, and our own "Solus and Quarters Neighbourhood Watch" is on the web site

Just go to Neighbourhood watch web site and put in your post code, then apply to join and after a quick e mail you area member.

Great news for the community

RING 101 for Police

RING ME ON 07816168858 if you have any local issues of any sort

Councillor Dave Harris


Posted by councillordaveharris on March 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

After several attempts to get County Council to repair a bad dip in a footpath between Brisbane Way and Queensland Drive, frustration set in due to the Council giving no priority to this defect

With several people giving me feedback that they had nearly stumbled on this hole, I went and purchased a pot hole repair kit, including tar sealer and tarmac.

I then went and treated the pot hole and filled it in.

I have been warned that I could be in trouble for taking matters into my own hands !

All I can say to that is, bring it on, if it is wrong to remove danger to my constituents - well its a poor policy ..

Several people have complimented me on this as their County Councillor, and several have written to me on Facebook.

Thanks for the feedback --- Cllr Dave Harris



Litter Pick in Birch Glen

Posted by councillordaveharris on March 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

March 2014

And one of our regular litter picks carried out effectively on Birch Glen...

It was good to clear the streets of more litter, and a big thank you to those who chatted as we went round

Lots of nice people left positive comments on facebook as well

Dave Harris


Community coming first.....

Posted by councillordaveharris on January 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Lots going on in January...


Bulb planting in Birch Glen, Queen Mary Estate, Monkwick Estate etc..

Litter Picks

Chatting to our young people with the youth service, to try to get some youth facilties in the area

Representing loads of resident over local and personal issues

Planning for Fun days for 4 areas....


All done in my personal style.....  hands on and direct...


But the safety issue dealt with this month was the footpath through the estates behind the Willows --- Sunday 26th January saw me leading 10 community payback workers in clearing mud and leaves from this footpath... Its now lots safer.. See picture above of the dire situation before we tackled it




Happy New Year to all Web Site visitors

Posted by councillordaveharris on January 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I wish you a very Happy new year in 2014.

I wish you all that you would wish yourselves. In this imperfect world, it has never been more important to be a part of your community and to think of how our own role fits in to the area around us.

Hope every one had a good Christmas, and thought about the coming year.

You can continue to use this site to contact me, or indeed e mail on

or ring / text me on 07816168858


All the best




As 2013 comes to an end -- Hope You all had a good Xmas

Posted by councillordaveharris on December 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


As we come to the end of another year, its time to reflect on highs and lows, ups and downs, and to make sure we prepare for the coming year.

Hope you all had a great Xmas and spent it with family and friends

Over 7000 Christmas cards delivered to Berechurch and Shrub End this year

Councillor Dave Harris 07816168858


Petition for common sense on Street Lights

Posted by councillordaveharris on December 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


The County Council have turned off our street lights, all over Colchester despite appeals from myself about leaving key strategic lights on.

I appealed to the Council in its consultation. But they chose to ignore this plea.

In 2006 I asked the Council to start putting in LED lights, THE Lib Dems and Tory councillors voted this motion down !!!

I started a petition - a few weeks ago, which fellow Councillors and I have taken door to door to try to get County Council to listen.

Lee Scordis has led the petition in Old Heath, and Bruce Tuxford and I have led the petition in Shrub End.  Chris Pearson and I have asked people of Berechurch to sign to complete the picture in South Colchester.

The Labour team were getting signatures in the Town Centre last Saturday. Additionally we have a on line version of the petition as well

Lets hope people power will get the County Council to listen,....



Dave Harris


Litter, Litter, Litter

Posted by councillordaveharris on September 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a note to let all our residents know we do regular litter picks in the Estates round Berechurch.

We have completed several over the summer, and indeed set a good example to prevent thoughtlessness as far as litter goes on our estates.

September 7th saw Chris Pearson and Councillor Dave Harris do a litter pick in Birch Glen, and pick up a few bags of rubbish.

Thanks to those who stopped and chatted, and to the resident and supporter of Adelaide Drive who has offered to borrow one of our team litter pickers and do a clean in his area regularly, for which we are very grateful.

Future litter picks are

14th September 2013 Wethersfield Road

21st September 2013 Queen Elizabeth way

28th September 2013 Queen Mary Ave




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