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High Street Parking
We will take the issue of parking on the High Street from Norsey Road to Chapel Street after 6pm to one of our County Councillors as the response from South Essex Parking Partnership (SEPP) was not helpful.
We have had 2 responses regarding the parking on the piece of land between the War Memorials and St Mary Magdalen Church, known as The Triangle. One from Billericay Society who supported the complaint and another from a church member who mentioned that people using the church needed somewhere to offload for events. We await a response from the church itself.

Quilters Infant School Swimming Pool
Our Chairman was invited to and attended the reopening of the Quilters Swimming Pool which we had sponsored. It was a lovely occasion where the theme was determination always wins through.

Basildon Draft Local Plan
Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for comments about the Basildon Draft Local Plan we were able to produce a summary document about the issues that concerned our members.
Chief among these were the fact that the infrastructure (schools, doctors, roads, trains, car parks etc.) was already struggling and could not cope with extra building without investment.
 The train service is particularly unable to cope with any more commuters and the plan does not take this into account. It was reported from a road show meeting that a planning officer’s response was to suggest that seats could be removed in trains to enable more people to travel!
 16 of our committee members attended a meeting on 24th February to discuss what we wanted to say in our submission to the Basildon Draft Local Plan. This was a very productive meeting which covered all the issues raised by residents and went into all the areas covered in the plan.

After this meeting 3 members of the Executive Committee met our planning consultant so can prepare our formal submission to Basildon Council to meet the 24th March deadline.
As soon as possible our submission will be made available to all committee members and then will go onto our website.

We noted errors in the local plan with the area of Plotlands at Break Egg Hill being designated for housing rather than the green belt it should be (a major omission because if not properly designated the existing green belt protection would be removed and it could be subject to a large planning application), the Billericay School farm site being taken out of greenbelt which it hasn’t been despite the housing and the omission of the small green areas around the town within housing estates.

Our committee had agreed the actions needed regarding the June event for our road reps and our Time Capsule to be placed in Cater Museum in the autumn, as well as plans to attend events during the spring and summer.

On 18th May our speaker would be from the Homes &Communities Agency to talk about the projected housing need in South East Essex. Sadly for us Maureen Dann, who has been our executive secretary for 27 years, has decided to stand down at the AGM so we will be seeking her replacement.

Billericay Recreation Rooms Foundation
Charity is now simply called "The Reading Rooms", which is exactly what is written on the outside of the building.

Lake Meadows
We have been advised that the pitch and putt golf course is due to be removed due to lack of use. This will free up the area for general leisure use and picnics without the fear of being hit by a golf ball. The crazy golf will be enhanced.