Plan For the Environment Launched

Plan for the Environment to support diversity

Plan for the Environment to support diversityPlan For the Environment Launched

The Parish Council has adopted a strategic plan for the environment; it will help it to manage the land assets under its control between now and 2026.  Its scope includes:

  • Lorkin Daniell Field,
  • Poors Land
  • The Heath/Village Green
  • The various ponds,
  • Mumford Oak,
  • Allotments, &
  • Sundry other green spaces.

In order to develop the plan, all of these have been assessed for species diversity and rarity in accordance with Continue reading “Plan For the Environment Launched”

Environment & Highways – 12th November 2020


Environment Report 9th July 2020

Environment & Highways – 12th November 2020

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met via Zoom on 12th November 2020 and discussed:

  • Tasks undertaken by handymen,
  • Village Ponds,
  • Playground access path,
  • Autumn flailing,
  • New hedging at village sign,
  • Strategic Environmental Plan, and
  • Preparing expenditure plans for 2021.

Continue reading “Environment & Highways – 12th November 2020”

Day 100 of (flexible) Lockdown – the ‘Ton-up’ edition

Art Week

100Day 100 of (flexible) Lockdown

On Day 100 of lockdown Colchester Borough Council looks at launching a Garden Club.  Meanwhile not to be outdone, Essex are launching:

… and we end with a bit of fun

Another news short – Colchester Zoo will be opening indoor & play areas from Saturday 4th July.

Brown wheelie binNew Garden Waste Options

Proposals for a new options-based garden waste service are being published by Colchester Borough Council.  Councillors will Continue reading “Day 100 of (flexible) Lockdown – the ‘Ton-up’ edition”

Do You Need Recycling Containers/Bags?

Vouchers needed for recycling containersDo You Need Recycling Containers/Bags?

Households now need a voucher to collect new or replacement recycling containers from a local stockist.  Vouchers have only previously been required for garden waste sacks; this is now being extended to include clear bags, food caddies, and glass/can boxes too.  All these containers remain free of charge.

Why Vouchers?

The voucher rollout is being introduced to help Continue reading “Do You Need Recycling Containers/Bags?”

Heritage & Environment

Bourne Mill Heritage Site

Heritage & Environment

Colchester Borough Council has issued a few news items lately that you might have missed and yet could interest you:

Bourne Mill Heritage SiteHeritage Open Days

This year Heritage Open Days is set to open the doors to over thirty historic properties across Colchester for FREE.  This includes Colchester Castle on Saturday 8 September.

From 6-9 and 13-16 September 2018, Colchester’s sites of significant historical and architectural interest will be open free of charge. Other planned activities over the two weekends include accompanied guided walks, talks, tours and exhibitions.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture.  It sees historic places countrywide throw open their doors to celebrate their individual heritage, community and history. It provides a great way to discover Colchester’s fascinating history and see inside venues that are usually closed to the public, all for free. Find out more here.

This promises to be a great event so why not make the most of it?


Recycling – Thank You!

The latest figures for recycling are out one year on from the collection changes which were introduced last June.  Non-recyclable rubbish is down by 31% and food waste is up 80%, when compared to the same period last year.

Overall recycling is up to 53% of the total rubbish collected with recycling rates for all individual items also increasing.  You can read more here.


Essex County Council has recently launched a Keep Cup campaign.  It aims to get as many people in Essex to make a pledge to reduce the use of single-use coffee cups by opting for a reusable cup. More than 1000 residents have already made their pledge so why not make yours today?

Simply visit their website and make your pledge to show your support. Every pledge helps reduce the impact on the environment.

Save Paper When Parking

Save paper by switching from pay and display car park tickets to the FREE MiPermit app to pay for your town centre car parking in Colchester (and many other locations country-wide).

You can also use the app to:

  • set up a reminder to receive an alert when payment for your parking space is about to expire,
  • top up your parking without going back to your vehicle,
  • check on the app map to see where you left your vehicle and
  • check where your nearest car park is using your location.

You can find out more about the MiPermit app and register for an account here.