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





Working all year round for the community !

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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

FOOTPATH REPAIRED BY 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 (0)

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 councillor.dave.harris@hotmail.co.uk

or ring / text me on 07816168858

 

All the best

Dave

 

 

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,....

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/switchstreetlightson

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

New shop in William Harris Way

Posted by councillordaveharris on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This month saw the opening of the "Harris Way Express" in William Harris Way.

The shop is now open and is doing business for local residents and owners.

 

Dentist NHS opening

Posted by councillordaveharris on May 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The dentist had to stop NHS treatment in Mersea Road, due to Health chiefs withdrawing funding.   I stepped in and met a nice chap from the Area Health Authority.   After making my case - the NHS funds are now restored and MERSEA ROAD DENTAL SURGERY (Locally named Prettygate dentists)  ARE AGAIN TAKING NHS Patients

Phone number in the picture below

Book your appointment and enjoy and brand new smile !!

 

Goalie Saved by Dave !!

Posted by councillordaveharris on May 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A busy weekend ---

Saturday - I did a litter pick in the Willows estate.. Residents and our team toured the estate and cleared up all the litter... Great effect ..

Then

Sunday, I carried out a bit of TLC on the goalie I fitted a couple of years ago, People in the area will remember thet a graffiti ridden and unsightly wall I painted over a few years ago,  TLA school created the Colchester united shields and insigna each side of a painted goal mouth. The goalie is made of marine ply , and is an image of a goalie saving a ball.  (See below)

The goalie was showing signs of weather and wear, So I took a paint pot and roller, and spend a pleasant 45 minutes painting it over.

A "save" by Dave !

SEE PICTURE BELOW --- BEFORE -- AND AFTER

 S

 

Election Result - Shrub end and Berechurch

Posted by councillordaveharris on May 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am very humbled and pleased to report that I was chosen by my neighbours in Berechurch and Shrub End to be their representative on Essex County Council.

The result after a hard fought team campaign was a resounding strong win with the results as below

Dave Harris (myself) Labour 1665

UKIP and Conservative combined is 1048

Lib Dem 933

Green 143

 It was a endorsement of my passion for the area, the hard work all year round our team does, and with a majority of 732, it was a clear message the residents like what we do.

I pledge to work as I have always done, MAKING SURE my neighbours views are to the fore and I will not let them down

County Councillor for Shrub end and Berechurch

Borough Councillor for Berechurch

Dave Harris dave_harris3@msn.com

07816168858

 

 

 

POT HOLE DISGRACE !

Posted by councillordaveharris on April 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Our roads and pavements have never been as bad as they are currently. Whilst I work all year round to build my community - Such as

  • petitioning to save schools,
  • clearing over grown footpaths
  • litter picks, community work,
  • getting better facilities,
  • negotiating for a hopper bus for our doctors surgery,
  • supporting and representing thousands of people
  • getting NHS funding for our local dentists and much much more,

All this, but I cannot fix roads personally, it needs proper works.

Having been in every street in Shrub end and Berechurch, there is hardly a street without faults in the paths and roads.

We need some serious investment of funds to put them right. All over South Colchester there are rough surfaces, dips in the road, massive potholes and they all go neglected due to underfunding.

Only two weeks ago, one of my friends came off his bike and was badly hurt due to a pot hole.

We need a stronger voice at County Hall (Essex County Council) to redress the balance, other areas of Essex get the works, why not us.

Thats why I am standing to be Essex County Councillor for my area as a Labour Candidate.

The Elections are May 2nd - between 7am and 10pm-  I would value your support and will work hard to get our area a priority-

Thank You

Councillor Dave Harris 07816168858

councillor.dave.harris@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

Delivery Refuse and Recycling sacks

Posted by councillordaveharris on March 29, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

FOR INFORMATION

Deliveries of black sacks and recycling bags will commence in week commencing the 9th April. The timetable has been published on the website and can be found at

http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/8322/2013-black-and-clear-sack-delivery-schedule

Council will be delivering a roll of black sacks for rubbish and a roll of clear sacks for recycling to all households, except flats with communal recycling and rubbish bins, throughout April and May 2013. Please be aware that sacks are not delivered by the recycling and rubbish collection crews, and sacks may not be delivered to properties on residents’ normal collection days.

Re-deliveries to residents will commence from 20th May and the Council Customer Service Centre will be confirming with the resident at the time of the call that someone will be present at the property to take delivery of the sacks and sign for them.

Re deliveries will take place in areas in line with the deliveries schedule timetable

I can refer you to the Customer Service Centre using the number above. If you have any questions please do not hesitate me via e mail or mobile phone

 

Leading a Footpath improvement

Posted by councillordaveharris on March 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, Sunday 17th March, I led a group of community workers to upgrade and improve the footpath thats runs from Solus Estate etc, through into Monkwick Ave.

This is am important link by foot for residents who want to pass from one estate to other, School to home, shop to home, bus stop to home etc.

After I negotiated some hard core material from Taylor Wimpey, all I had to do was arrange a working party from community payback teams to do the work. It looks a massive amount better, and will assist in keeping our feet dry and un muddied as we walk through...  The chair of Solus/ Quarters residents association was there to view the work in progress and thank all the workers for the improvement.

  

Before the work            and After the work

Survey of [Roads Berechurch and Shrub End

Posted by councillordaveharris on February 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

After discussion with lots of residents of Shrub End and Berechurch residents about the state of roads, I did a walk from Mersea Road to Layer Road, along Berechurch Hall Road,

It was no surprise to have to log and report more pot holes, but it was shocking to see the neglect in road infrastructure.

Dirty and obscured signs, lack of adequate footpath, drains blocked, trees over grown, and of course pot holes that are a danger to road users.

I have logged all faults and am reporting every one with Highways.

We know County Highways are suffering from cut backs from Government, but this area of Colchester seems to be suffering more than most

Rest assured I will keep up the campaign from safer streets and Roads in our area

Cllr Dave Harris

Community payback work Mersea Road footpath

Posted by councillordaveharris on February 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On sunday 10th Feb, I led a team of community payback workers to remove the over spill of earth and soil with weeds from the footpath on Mersea Road (near Middlewick ranges)

This was good work as the footpath is wider now and also we cleared litter.

Thanks to probation service for helping me, help the community

BELOW

Picture of footpath before the work

 

Litter Pick - Two estates - double trouble

Posted by councillordaveharris on February 9, 2013 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This morning I met Cllr Kim Naish, and together we litter picked Marlbourgh Place Estate (Mario, Chariot, Berechurch Road etc) and the Gurdon Estate, (Gurdon, Lord Holland, Harrison, and Daniel Cole Rd etc)

This was great to do, and sets an example to those few who drop litter, but have so much impact on our area

We met lots of people and passed the time of day

COUNCILLOR DAVE HARRIS - 07816168858      Berechurch Road Litter Pick and Gurdon Road Litter Pick

 

 

 

 


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