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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Marlborough Place fun day

Posted by Dave Harris on September 28, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)


During September, working with Family Mosaic, I arranged a fun afternoon.

This was funded by Cllrs, Kim Naish, Chris Pearson and my own locality budget.

This was a fun day with free hot dogs, a bouncy castle, and a "lets help Colchester" charity stall

A bit of music, some fun party dances, all added to the event

Everyone who came agreed it was a wonderful way to get our community meeting up



Berechurch road - railing problem

Posted by Dave Harris on September 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After a car crashed into some railings out side houses in Berechurch Road, it seemed all that had to happen was a repair and restore the street to normal.

But no --- Council did not want to own it, Taylor Wimpey the developer did not think it was theirs, and householders were adamant that deeds did not show the ralings as theirs.

So - impasse,. stalemate, and no action/

So - I got involved and stated if the broken railings were not removed in September, I would remove them personally.

After some thought and a short delay - ECC and Taylor Wimpey sent a team with disc cutters to remove the danger

Result - a safe road.




Road signs neglected

Posted by Dave Harris on August 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Road signs (some of them there for safety reasons) have been left so long they are almost unreadable.

Essex County Council have been asked to clean them, but nothing has been done.

So - Martyn Warnes, and I have spent a little time with some clear soapy water, and cleaned off years of grime.  Community action to keep us safe..

Cllr Dave Harris  (see below - before and after pictures Mersea Road)


Problems with Road Resurface chippings

Posted by Dave Harris on July 31, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (1)


Blackheath was resurfaced weeks ago - and I have written e mails about the lack of sweeping of the chips --- They need to sweep MUCH better to clear the paths, roads, and drives of the loose chips.. The process needs re thinking to have a better clearing.sweeping regime --- Wonder if anyone is listening


Call for Road resurface, and for new cycle ways

Posted by Dave Harris on July 26, 2015 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)


As County Councillor, I attended a meeting about the future of Alderman Blaxill school site. The County has plans to re open the school with a phased entry of 2017 for part of the site, and then fully restore the site with 6 x 30 children by 2020.
I pointed out to the planners that County must now work together to ensure that the road net work in and around Shrub End is brought out to a good standard, and at the same time invest in a new network of cycle ways from the Alderman Blaxill school to the community and back.
This will create a safe route to school, for young people to take, and if the re opened School has secure cycle storage, the who of Shrub end estate will benefit with less traffic, and a safer neighbourhood.
I will be working with County Council chiefs to ensure this is carried out and works to the benefit of Shrub End communities
Councillor Dave Harris


Hanging on the phone again

Posted by Dave Harris on July 6, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)



On one of my walk about looking out for faults and problems, I see that yet again the Phone boxes at Berechurch Road (Junction of Queen Mary Ave) and Mersea Road (across the road from Roberts Road) have both been out of use due to vandalism

These phones have not been in use for months, and since that most people have mobile phones, that it is about time these boxes were removed.  I have written in to BT phones to say, either fix these phone boxes and make them useable 24/7 or remove them.


Working in the Community

Posted by Dave Harris on June 5, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Planning litter picks - whilst seeking re election

Posted by Dave Harris on May 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


I have been one of the Berechurch Councillors for over 11 years.

I have been proud to represent our area, and always support the views of my neighbours and constituents. 

May 7th is voting day, when residents of Berechurch choose their Local Councillor, and indeed on the same day, the General Election is also being decided.

I hope the residents of Berechurch use both their votes, and I also hope that I am again chosen to champion the interests of our part of South Colchester

Our track record is very sound,, with regular litter picks on every Estate in the area, make overs on street signs, garages, footpaths kept clear, regular advice surgeries, thousands and thousands of e mails, letters, and representations to support my constituents.

It is a fact we already are planning litter picks for May16th (The Willows) May 23rd (Monkwick) and May 30th (Birch Glen) with the rest of the estates in our area being planned in...

All the very best

and if any resident wishes to ask any questions on the Election, please feel free to call me on 07816168858

or e mail on [email protected]

Dave Harris

promoted by D Harris on behalf of himself at 12 Prince Philip Road Colchester Essex CO2 8PA

Estates Garages get make over

Posted by Dave Harris on April 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Their are many Council owned garages around the Berechurch Area.

Most are in need of a make over with flaky paint removed, and after a rub down with wire brush and sandpaper, a new coat of paint was the order of the day...

I worked with a led the community payback work to get this done.


Number 63 Bus

Posted by Dave Harris on March 30, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)




The number 63 Bus running from Roman Way, via Chariot Drive,  Gurdon Road, Queen Mary ave Estates, Abbey Field area on to town is a vital transport link

After it was threatened with withdrawal, residents and I launched a successful petition to show it was needed. The result was a reduction to an hourly service, which we will continue to campaign for a better service.



New Litter Bin / Dog Poo bin

Posted by Dave Harris on March 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

After a dog poo bin was set ablaze by vandals on Monkwick Footpath, (by Thomas Lord Audley School) the area was in need of a new litter bin and some where for passers by to dispose of litter etc.

The recent "Estate Day of action" run by Safer Colchester partnership was an ideal vehicle to use to fit a new fire proof alternative.

We fitted a new bin as part of the programme - and its now being used very well and making a difference in that area to keep our area cleaner



Street signs - make over

Posted by Dave Harris on February 24, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The local street signs are a mix of old and new.

Some need a clean (which I am arranging) and some need total replacement, which has been requested for those too far gone

But, others are in need of a lick of paint, after a wire brush down of years of flaking paint

A local community minded person has assisted , and I worked with them to get Queen Elizabeth Way, and Monkwick ave signage painted

Thank you to the person (who does not want to be named) for working with me to make such a positive difference




Posted by Dave Harris 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 Dave Harris 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 Dave Harris 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 [email protected]

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


Cllr Dave Harris



School Road railings

Posted by Dave Harris 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


20 is plenty

Posted by Dave Harris 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 [email protected]


Fundraising event - Ten Cafe

Posted by Dave Harris 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 Dave Harris 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