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Strategy and Vision
The group has produced a new constitution for BDRA which, after a couple of minor changes, will be brought to the AGM for adoption. It is too long to print in The Resident but will be available in the AGM papers. If anyone wants to see the new constitution before the AGM it will be available on our website and we hope to be able to lodge a paper copy in The Library for anyone to see.

Because our website is tired the Strategy and Vision group will look into ways of modernising it and keeping it easily accessible and up-to-date.
The group is also going to look at how to archive our documents, some of which are not easily accessible and some might not need to be kept.

Speeding
To move forward our vision of a safer Billericay we decided to ask for a meeting with representatives from the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) (
www.saferessexroads.org) to discuss ways of making Billericay roads safer. SERP is a partnership that seeks to provide a road safety service across ‘Greater Essex’ and comprises the three local authority areas of Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England, The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, The East of England NHS Trust and The Safer Roads Foundation.
More than 85 Community Speed watch groups are now operating across the Essex Police area, providing regular monitoring of vehicle speeds within their own locations. We will also try and arrange a meeting with one of these groups
Finally we will canvas the candidates standing for election for Essex County Council in May to see what their views are on speeding in Billericay

Planning
22 High Street (Sheredays Yard) 16/01711/LBBAS and 16/01710/FULL 22 High Street Part demolition and replacement of existing buildings to form 3 residential properties & 16/01712/FULL 22 High Street Change of use from office to residential with alterations and extension to existing building. We would not object.

Meadow Rise shops
An update is that Fowler and Spenderley have contacted the shops with proposals and costs for parking controls.  

Local Plan
No further news to report however in anticipation of the next stage BDRA, BAG and Billericay Society are continuing to meet together to be ready to respond.

Elizabeth Cottage
Many of you will have seen that Elizabeth Cottage has been sold at auction which means that the Council have been able to get back the money spent on making it safe. In fact our money so that is a good result.  We will watch with interest what happens next.

West Area

The issues in the West of the town are not being well represented in BDRA and we are sure there are some. A small group meet together in the Reading Rooms on the third Thursday of most months. It is not onerous and helps the Association to be the yes and ears of the community. Usually what happens is that interested people can go along to a meeting without any obligation to see if it is something they would like to continue to do. Just drop an email to
resident@bdra.org if interested or phone 01277 632390 for further details.