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The East Area still has vacancies for 2 new membership secretaries. This is about keeping a database of members and being part of the distribution network through the road reps. The group of area membership secretaries are very supportive of each other and always willing to help.
ExCo are going to consider how to archive the boxes of minutes and papers that have been handed over. The Essex Record Office is a possibility.

Sean Day from the Harwich Mayflower Project has confirmed that he will attend the 2017 AGM on May 17th as Guest Speaker. The Harwich Mayflower Project is a UK/US registered charity and is building a full size replica of the iconic Mayflower, to be sailed to America in 2020. to recreate the Pilgrims' journey 400 years after the original.
A sub-committee has revised the constitution to make it more usable and to bring it up to date with current law. This will be brought to the AGM for adoption.

Basildon Draft Local Plan
BDRA formed a working group in conjunction with Billericay Action Group and Billericay Society to raise awareness and to prepare a coordinated response.  This has been prepared for us by a professional planning consultant. It was submitted to Basildon Council (BC) on 14th December and can be seen on our website. The next things that we are looking out for are:-
Community Infrastructure Levy. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIF) came into force in April 2010. It allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This includes new or safer road schemes, flood defences, schools, hospitals and other health and social care facilities, park improvements, green spaces and leisure centres. BC has not officially published its CIF yet.
Progress of Local Plan is scheduled as:
March 2017 Final version of Local Plan approval by councillors before submission to Government
June 2017 Public consultation on Final Local Plan and submission to Government
June 2017 to December 2017 Examination in Public by independent Planning Inspector
March 2018 Inspector’s report and recommended modifications
March 2018 Consultation on the recommended changes
June 2018 Adoption by council
There will be opportunities to comment on the Local Plan before it is adopted but mainly on its soundness. A local planning authority should submit a plan for examination which it considers is “sound”, namely that it is: -
Positively Prepared: has the council objectively assessed the need for homes, jobs, services and infrastructure and have these been delivered sustainably?
Justified: Is the Plan is based upon a robust and credible evidence base?
Effective: will the Plan deliver what it sets out to?
Consistent with national policy: Does the Local Plan accord with the National Planning Policy Framework and other policies or include clear and convincing reasons for doing something different?

Christmas Lights
BDRA will write to thank Billericay Town Council for the improved Christmas Lights in 2016.

16/01474/FULL - Installation of sculpture (Billericay Heritage Tree) on flank wall of 2 High Street was granted

16/01584/TPOBAS - Permission was granted to remove the lower epicormic growth on the stem up to about 4m or to the main crown. The crowns can be crown reduced by 1-1.5m in order to retain a reasonable shape on TPO/07/04: T1 and T2 (Lime trees) –at St Mary Magdalen Church High Street
Outline planning application no. 16/01485/OUT for the demolition of 2 dwellings and the construction of 11 two bedroom apartments, 1 one bedroom apartment and 24 parking spaces at 139-141 Noak Hill Road would be considered by Basildon’s Planning Committee on 10th January with a recommendation to refuse because it would be over-dominant and out of character within its street scene setting and would have a detrimental impact upon the amenities enjoyed by neighbouring residential occupiers

16/01759/FULL 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 would be considered by our East/Burstead Committee on 11th January

Basildon Council
Labour, UKIP and independent councillors voted on Thursday, December 15, to scrap the council’s cabinet and replace it with a committee system. Seven Tory councillors (The Cabinet) currently have the power to make key decisions without involving opposition members. But from May, decisions will be made by a series of committees involving members from the opposition parties. This might mean that decisions take longer to be made.