Community Litter pick 23rd Sept

Today Councillor Martyn Warnes and Councillor Dave Harris met up and litter picked the whole estate on Finchingfield Way, Wethersfield Road, Pebmarsh Cl, Thaxted Walk, Gosfield Road etc etc

We collected a few bags of rubbish to keep our area tidy.

Great to chat about local estate issues, and some national subjects as we went round.

A great big thank you to those who spoke to us.

(Birch Glen is next Saturday — see you there!)

litter pick 23rd sept 17




Community work to benefit the area

Been out today (17th September)  cutting back, clearing, and tiding the footpath between School Road, Berechurch Childrens centre , and The Willows.

No brambles in the faces of children and mums going to school, no branches pokeing out, and no litter.   A safer way to school..
Thanks for community payback service..

Litter Pick for Berechurch team, and residents support.



Litter picks are carried out most weekends throughout the year by Councillors Martyn Warnes, Chris Pearson and Dave Harris (Dave also being the County Councillor for Maypole)

Saturday 16th September 2017 was the turn of the Cherry Tree area (including the Holt Drive Estate)

A big thank you to all the residents of all ages who came and picked up litter to clear our streets.

Cllr Dave Harris


Safer Colchester

Last night I spoke with passion to Safer Colchester panel over the need to target resources to South Colchester. 

Safer Colchester panel is made up of Police and Local Authority reps. 

I told them we need extra patrols and extra work on gangs and the anti social behaviour which is on the rise in the area.

Watch this space to see if these much needed resource is forthcoming.

Road and Footpath disgrace

I am repeatedly reporting Footpath and Road defects all across my patch of South Colchester. It is so frustrating to see the defects not being fixed by the County Council.

I have appealed many times to Tory Controlled Highways dept, who just say “The defect has been assessed and does not meet their criteria”

In my view that the criteria they measure by must be changed and amended so danger to footpaths and road users is reduced.

dave buxton road kerb


The example I show in the picture is Buxton Road, but there are many all over Shrub End and Berechurch like this one.

Time for a change, time for them to do the works required . Don’t you agree

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or Text 07816168858



Footpath Proposal

A few weeks ago, I submitted a proposal to upgrade the footpath leading from School Road, past Monkwick Junior School going past the Willows allotments, and cemetery leading to Gurdon Road and Marlborough Place estates

This proposal I have suggested as a way to ensure a safe and lit footpath / cycleway exists for local residents and School children alike can travel between Schools, home and town.

It is now going through the Highways system to assess it for budget allocation in the future.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL are important, and it gets more cars off the route around The Willows, Monkwick and other estates

At least we will have a alternative

Dave Harris – call or e mail me to give me thoughts on improvements in our area

07816168858 or


The Old “Alderman Blaxill” School

Alderman Blaxill site rebuild planPleasing to report good news.

The closed down Alderman Blaxill site has had the plans on public display for the new School that will be built on the Paxman Road Site. The plans look very good !

I have raised this issue at County Hall many times, and campaigned for the New school as the Shrub End area needs the school places in time to come.

I also have raised at County Council many times the issue of making sure that when the School is built, that all roads around it are resurfaced. Also that the new School ethos should include promoting cycling, and have a training centre for cycling, have plenty of cycling racks and facilities, together with a new route of cycle paths to make a safe route to School for Young students, and Staff.

Finally : I would ask your views on the name, do you want to retain the name Alderman Blaxill, or a new name for the new School.

I am just so pleased we have a new school, so I will leave it to residents views on this