Council

The Parish Council is the voice of the village and as such are consulted on many issues within the village, such as planning, new major developments, road signing etc.  We are also consulted on issues outside the village that can effect the village.

We are also responsible for chasing up both Borough and County Council departments on areas for which they are responsible, such as street lights and road repairs.

The Parish Council is responsible for maintenance and repair of local facilities. These include the Heath and ponds, bus shelters and other council owned areas in the village.

The Council has also taken on the task of acting as a fund raiser to work with organisations such as the East Essex Forum, the Clerks Forum, the County and Borough Councils, the Lottery Fund and many others to obtain grants to provide facilities within the village at no cost to the rate payers.

To summarise the advantages of having a locally elected body of local residents working purely for the interests of Eight Ash Green are manifold. Central Government are beginning to realise the advantages of devolving power down to local level and are actively encouraging the creation of parish and ward councils in areas without them.

However none of this works without feedback and if you have any complaints or suggestions please contact one of your Councillors or our Clerk. Even better why not attend one of our Parish Council meetings held every second Wednesday of each month (except August) at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall where you will have your chance to have your say.

Our Parish Council is also abiding by the Localism Act that came into affect on 1st July 2012 and as such any Councillors’ Register of Interests is published here.

Below is a small statement and contact details for members of our Parish Council.

Parish Clerk
07530 873 736. parish.clerk@eightashgreen.com
Our Parish Clerk is Amy Harness, although presently her role is covered by Helen Cook due to maternity leave.

Cllr Leon Coombs – Chairman
07526 743 634, leon.coombs@eightashgreen.com

Cllr Christine Willetts
01206 240 314, christine.willetts@eightashgreen.com
I moved to the village 13 years ago and joined the Parish Council a short time later. I am a member of the sub-committee that examines all planning applications for the village, from small extensions to large developments, so I really welcome the production of a Parish Plan. My greatest interest however, is local public transport. I represent the village at the Parish Transport Coordination meetings at County Hall, where we are battling to get decent bus services for the villages on the outskirts of Colchester.

Cllr Louise Greenwold
01206 572 645, louise.greenwold@eightashgreen.com

Cllr David Mills
01206 231 572, david.mills@eightashgreen.com

Cllr Syd Duty
01206 560 279, syd.duty@eightashgreen.com

Cllr Josh Greenwold
01206 572 645, josh.greenwold@eightashgreen.com
I have had a lifelong association with the village through family members and friends and finally moved to Spring Lane in 2011. Working in the physics department of the Colchester County High School for Girls, I am an astronomer and a keen motorcyclist and a member of the EAG Music Festival Committee.

Cllr Andrew Cook
07584 218 280, andrew.cook@eightashgreen.com
Having been associated with the Parish Council and the good work that it does for a number of years I am currently focused on assisting in the furthering of the villages plans for a play area together with advising where required on planning issues that effect the village..

Cllr Keith Winterbourne
01206 240 497, keith.winterbourne@eightashgreen.com

The Council is supported by a number of volunteers. Here are some of the many volunteers that offer their time to make our Parish a better place:

Richard Brown (Volunteer)
07712 570685, richard.e.brown@hotmail.co.uk
I have lived in Spring Lane for the past 45 years. My interests lie in maintaining Eight Ash Green’s character and identity, looking after its Footpaths, Heaths and Greens, to be enjoyed by us all for years to come. At the present the village has some volunteers who work with the Parish Council and the County Youth Services to start a village Youth Club, early signs of this are looking very positive, but we do need more volunteers to help out.

Marcel Horst (Volunteer)
07917 586 132, marcel.horst@eightashgreen.com
Having lived in the UK since 1981, I moved to Colchester in 1990 and Fordham Heath in 2001. In the past decade we have enjoyed the peaceful village life and seen our 2 children grow up in a safe and pleasant surroundings.  I look forward to making a contribution for the benefit of us all. For now I will oversee our IT and rural broadband initiatives.