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Coach Trips Yvonne and Kathleen came to report on the coach trips which are proving very popular this year. The Hidden London trip has 2 coaches booked and 25 people on the waiting list.

Litter Billericay Town Council responded to our approach to them that they ask businesses to help keep the pavement outside their premises litter-free. They asked us to report the worst places and we will certainly make a list and let them know. The suggestions from the meeting were behind Clarks shoe shop, adjacent The Raj in Holly Court and cigarette butts outside Connells Estate Agents. To that we would add the slips dropped by bank cash dispensers and although fast food outlets contribute to the litter problem it is not outside their own premises but further on. Over the next couple of weeks we will add to the list.

Draft Billericay Conservation Area Shop Front and Design Guide 2015 During March Basildon Borough Council were consulting on the design of buildings in the Billericay Conservation Area. Once adopted as an Interim Supplementary Planning Document, it will be used to assist Basildon Council when determining planning applications relating to any changes to shop fronts, advertisements and alterations to buildings within the Conservation Area. BDRA were broadly in favour of the document so would write to confirm our support.

The Big Do
Essex County Council are seeking help from the people of Billericay on how to best use the space they have in Billericay Library and in Burghstead Lodge next door – they’ve called this The Big Do. Members of BDRA will be attending the consultation evening s and will report back next month.

Banking Problems Despite the fact that cheques made payable to BDRA have been accepted at Barclays Bank for many years the bank is now challenging them sometimes. The chairman has visited the local manager and was sent a resolution for us to pass and return to the bank to allow BDRA cheques to be accepted. We passed the resolution.
A further issue occurred with a letter informing us that unless we logged onto our account and informed Barclays that we wanted to continue to receive paper statements we would only be able to view our accounts online. All very well but we don’t have internet banking! This was challenged with a phone call but time will tell.

New Treasurer  We welcome  Peter Sharp, as our new treasurer. Peter has considerable experience in finance so we are delighted that he has offered his services to the Association.  We hope to hand over the books to him soon and welcome him to his first committee meeting next month.

Planning   A new planning application for The Rising Sun has been submitted and this is a much improved scheme with a new mock Georgian building instead of the modern three-storey block of five flats on the site between the former pub and Albion Court. The area committee will be discussing the new application.

Reading Rooms Andy Maddocks told us how successful the World War 1 exhibition in The Reading Rooms had been. 183 children from 4 primary schools had been involved. Some had taken the initiative to do further research and had really enjoyed the learning experience.

AGM For details see the notice on the front page. We were considering amending our constitution on the number of committee members who were needed to form a quorum from an exact number to a proportion of the committee size.

West Area Committee Several interested people had met to explore forming a West Area Committee and were going to hold a further meeting at Hannakins Community Centre. If anyone else is interested do contact our chairman – John Buchanan on 01277 656715 or email chairman@bdra.org

Branding The committee was asked to consider changing the font used for the header of The Resident. The committee were keen to keep it as it is however are open to hearing what you think.

Punch and Judy The Rotary have asked us whether we would sponsor the Punch and Judy shows at The Summerfest (July 12) and The Christmas Market. These shows were our idea many years ago and we are only too happy to continue.

Since the advert in the Town Crier for people to host tea for a group of elderly people Contact the Elderly has received 12 offers of hosts. They are now looking for volunteer drivers.

Volunteer as a driver

If you would like to change the lives of lonely, older people and have access to a car why not join Contact the Elderly as a volunteer driver. This involves picking up 1-2 older people from their home one Sunday afternoon a month and taking them to a host family for an afternoon get-together.

Our guests are over 75, with most of them in their 80s and 90s. They live alone and have little or no contact  with friends and family.

If you can help please contact

Katy Szita
Development Officer
Telephone 020 8530 0494
katy.szita@contact-the-elderly.org.uk