Committee NewsMayflower 2020 Celebrations
After our AGM speaker last May updated us on plans for 2020 as a Town and District with Mayflower connections we lobbied the Town Council re their plans. Our reps went to a meeting with the outcome being Billericay Town Council will hold modest commemorative events on 15th July 2020 and will provide an ‘umbrella’ coordination function and publicity for events put on by local organisations. Use of space in the Resident for publicity was offered and further consideration of any related coach trips. As always we are happy to support where we can. We are able to let people know things quicker as we have 10 editions of the Resident each year.
We are also pleased to see that the South Green and Great Burstead village council are signing up to Mayflower 400. This is apposite as Christopher Martin is remembered as the warden of Great Burstead Church.
Secretary for our main committee Disappointingly all efforts to recruit a new Executive/Membership Secretary have failed to find a lasting solution. We are placing a job advertisement in the Billericay Gazette at the earliest opportunity.
Brightside School expansion
West area committee are keeping an eye on the progress of this to ensure we are able to respond at each stage. They received a letter from ECC and said the final decision will be made by Councillor Gooding.
Our October exercise brought in a few new members however it required a heavy workload so we are planning to revert to an original idea for our next membership drive in 2018. As always this relies on our volunteers to be able to put any plan in operation. The area secretaries are also part of considering new plans and their logistics.
This is moving forward with a meeting on 22nd November to meet a representative of the Essex Fire Service to look at identifying suitable sites. The speeding device will be available for training in the not too distant future.
£250K promised but taken away
We were pleased to hear that Councillor Jim Devlin, the town council chairman, sent a letter to Scott Logan, managing director of Basildon Council, accusing the regeneration and environment committee of lacking transparency in their decision
Basildon Local Plan –
BDRA, BAG and Billericay Society have written to the Town Council to get it to step up its efforts to protect Billericay from overdevelopment and Green Belt erosion. We have also responded to the White Paper on Planning for the right homes in the right places. It is felt that we do not want to sit back and let decisions be made without challenging the process.
This will emphasise mainly rejection of the notion that perceived ‘housing need’ should be the basis of a new calculation of OAN, if it would ignore overdevelopment/overcrowding concerns and the need for strategic regional housing policy; and also rejection of a policy of Green Belt land being reclassified for development based solely on alternative land sources being allegedly unavailable in the area.
Boundary Commission Consultation
Comments on new constituency boundaries can be made up until 11th December. As the next attempt at redefining our boundary on the whole it makes sense. We are not sure that the people of Writtle and Danbury will feel the same. You can also see the plan in the library.
Magdalen Lodge Potash Road - Residential development NO DECISION
1st application 107 Laindon Road - Demolition of existing house and construction of a new building to provide 32 no. 1 and 2 bedroom sheltered retirement apartments with parking, bin/buggy storage, communal space, access and landscaping. UNDER APPEAL
2nd application| 107 Laindon Road - Demolition of existing house and construction of 32 no. x one and two bed retirement living apartments with communal facilities, access, parking and landscaping NO DECISION
Elizabeth Cottage 4 High Street; Part single, part two storey rear extension and conversion to create 7 no. apartments. REFUSED
118 High Street - To establish the lawfulness of the proposed installation of three MAV ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras within the Waitrose carpark | NO DECISION 17/01314/ABAS 112-118 High Street (Waitrose) - New and replacement signage. NO DECISION
Billericay District Residents’ Association needs volunteers to help us with the following roles. If you would like to help us we need:-
A secretary for the main committee and a secretary for the East/Burstead committee to prepare the agendas for the monthly meeting, write minutes and handle a small amount of correspondence;
A membership secretary for East Area to keep records of the members in the area and liaise with the road reps;
Members for the West Area Committee to attend meetings and share concerns about the west of Billericay;