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Quilters Swimming Pool
We have been thanked for our donation towards the refurbishment of the pool which is now open to the community by means of external companies using the pool when it is not being used by the school. Prior to Christmas the pool was in use by Stratus, Two to One and Aqua Aims for 17 hours per week. After Christmas an additional 9 hours were going to be available to any external company that wishes to use it.

Basildon Draft Local Plan
We discussed this and how we would ensure that when we came to visiting our planning consultant to prepare our response that we had listened to our members thoughts about the effect the proposed plan would have on Billericay. More information here.

Railway Footbridge
We have written to both Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council to find out who is responsible for cleaning the footbridge. The answer is Basildon Council so we are contacting them.

Planning
Our secretary has informed Basildon Council of the possible infringement of planning with the signage for Pasha (previously The White Hart). There is a large sign on the flank wall which is not in keeping with the conservation area. They are going to investigate.

15/01398/FULL at Link House 58-70 High Street. Replace existing windows with new UPVC windows, new dormer window on High Street elevation, the use of the flat roof areas as roof terraces with associated 1.8m privacy screening and 1.1m high balustrades, the addition of two stair towers for access to the roof area, external cladding to the High Street and Chapel Street elevations, and a new bin/refuse store in the rear car park. We would object to this because the materials used on the roof screening were going to be out of keeping with the conservation area.

15/01059/FULL Extend and Convert Bungalow to Create a Pair of 3 Bedroom Semi-Detached Chalet Bungalows at 273 Perry Street was granted.

15/00526/FULL Single-Storey and Two-Storey Rear Extensions Together with External Alterations Including New Roof To The Existing Detached Garage; Single-Storey Front Extensions Linking The Garage To The House, New Retaining Wall At Lower Ground Level And Creation Of An Additional Bedroom Beneath The Garage At 4 The Mount was granted.

15/00699/FULL Demolition of all Existing Outbuildings and Removal of Associated Lawful Uses and Two No. Residential Mobile Homes and Construction of 3 No. Four-Bedroom Detached Dwellings at Hannikins Farm, Linda Gardens was refused

No. 15/00971/FULL Demolition of House and Garages and Construction of a Part Two/Part Three Storey Building Comprising 5 No. One and Two Bedroom Flats at 9 Stock Road was granted

15/00634/FULL Change of Use from Manufacturing Building (Class B2) to Convenience Store (Class A1), Including the Installation of a New Shopfront, ATM, Associated Plant Equipment and Associated Works Including New Car Parking and Access Arrangements at Hamber Safes, Radford Way was granted

14/00974/OUT 16 St Agnes Road was refused planning permission and the appeal was dismissed. The development proposed the demolition of the existing three dwellings and the construction of 16 dwellings. The development did not provide affordable housing, and more importantly, it was inappropriate development within the Green Belt.

15/00237/FULL – Demolition of outbuildings and partial demolition of the rear of the Rising Sun Pub, retaining the front portion; construction of a new 2.5 storey (3 floors) extension to the rear of the pub and conversion to 8 x residential flats; construction of new 2 storey building with accommodation provided in mansard roof located between the pub and adjacent residential home to provide 5 x residential flats (total of 7 x 2 bed flats and 6 x 1 bed flats)’ was dismissed. The development did not provide affordable housing

AGM
We now have a speaker - a senior executive from the Homes and Communities Agency. We envisage that the speaker will be able to explain the issues surrounding the Local Plan and housing needs in Billericay without any bias.  

90th Celebration
We will be holding a meeting to discuss this shortly to develop our thoughts about how to celebrate with the idea of looking forward as well as looking back.
The news from our East and Burstead  and the West Area Committees will be available next month .