The Coach Trip organisers came to the meeting and they have trips planned for the rest of the year They were thanked for all their hard work.
Essex County Council have reported that they do not plan to repaint the footbridge for another 10 or 15 years. Our request to Basildon Borough Council to clean the bridge has not yet been responded to.
High Street Parking
One of our members has complained to us about parking in the High Street.
Firstly, after 6pm people constantly park on the stretch from Norsey Road to Chapel Street which has double yellow lines. He has unsuccessfully complained about this so we will write to South Essex Parking Partnership (SEPP) because this parking makes the High Street dangerous. It is interesting that the parking occurs after 6pm when the traffic wardens are not on duty.
Secondly, the parking on the piece of land between the War Memorials and St Mary Magdalen Church, known as The Triangle, which affects both highway safety and visual amenity, in respect of preserving the open setting of the listed war memorial and adjoining church. We will write to the church to complain about the parking.
16/00005/FULL - 78 High Street - (Costa Coffee and Carphone Warehouse) Demolition of shop and office premises and construction of two storey building with accommodation in roof space (3 floors), incorporating retail unit to ground floor and 3 residential flats above. Demolition of outbuilding and construction of detached two storey building within rear courtyard to create 2 further residential flats, with associated parking and landscaping. We have no objection to this application which will return the building to how it looked in the 1950s.
Basildon Draft Local Plan
All our committee members had been invited to a meeting on 24th February to discuss our submission to the Basildon Draft Local Plan. This meeting will take into account any comments from our members as well as comments from our committee members who are unable to attend. After this meeting 3 members of EXCO will meet with our planning consultant who will then produce a document, based on our comments, for submission. As soon as possible our submission will be made available to all committee members and then will go on our website.
A small group has been working on how to celebrate our 90th anniversary to include a party for all our road reps in June and a special stand at The Summerfest in July.
West Area Committee ( some key notes from their meeting)
Swimming Pool in Lake Meadows
The point was made that apart from physical state of the pool the public are disadvantaged in terms of price and session availability compared with Basildon & Wickford. This was not addressed by the manager, but we await comment from BBC.
New Resident Parking Scheme
The parking scheme in Whinhams Way has not yet gone to consultation but it has been decided not to have painted bays on the road or signs on lamp posts but have opted for two signs as your enter saying Residents Parking.
If a similar scheme starts in Lancer Way then two more signs will be erected.
Railway Station Lift
It was confirmed that if there are no staff on duty then the lift is marked out of order.
Hamber Safes planning application - now that the decision is known that the planning application by Sainsburys has been approved the committee agreed to monitor the Gooseberry Green roundabout/Mountnessing Road junction as to whether there is an exacerbation of accident risk and/or other traffic/congestion/parking problems.
It was noted that the application to demolish all existing outbuildings, remove 2 mobile homes and construct 3 x 4 bedroom detached residential dwellings at Hannakins Farm, Linda Gardens, application had been declined.
East (incl Burstead) Committee
Len Turner Plaque & Bench on the Green The Bench has been ordered and will be fitted with a plaque which will read – “Funded & Installed by Gt. Burstead & South Green Village Council”.
Great Burstead Flood Alleviation Scheme A flood investigation report by ECC concerning the problems experienced in the area surrounding Kennel Lane and Trinity Road says the most feasible solution would be to construct a flood storage area and flow control structure in the fields to the west of Kennel Lane. This would restrict the flow in the watercourse which runs into the drainage system in Kennel Lane.
GBSG Village Precept The Band D rate for 2016/17 is expected to remain the same at £11.43. This will generate a total precept of £27,853.77.
Footpath 41 This footpath, between between Noak Hill Road and Kennel Lane, has apparently been diverted and the signs removed. The Village Council is investigating.
Car park in Meadow Rise The car park at the parade of shops fills with commuters cars early every weekday morning. Customers cannot park so block nearby roads. A time limit on parking is required.
Highway Verges Norman drew attention to the damage caused to grass verges and pavements by parked vehicles, particularly builders’ vans and lorries.
2016 AGM Wednesday 18 May, Archer Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker will be from the Housing & Community Agency for Essex & Kent.