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Our committee had agreed the actions needed regarding the June event for our road reps and our Time Capsule to be placed in the Cater Museum in the autumn, as well as plans to attend events during the spring and summer.

Wednesday 18th May, Emmanuel Archer Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker will be  Naisha Polaine the head of the Housing & Community Agency for Essex & Kent. We will also be highlighting our 90th Anniversary

15/00166/OUT - Residential development at Stock Brook Manor Golf and Country Club, Queens Park Avenue was considered at Basildon Council’s planning committee on 22nd March and it was refused because the site is within the Green Belt.
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 objected to this because the materials used on the roof screening were going to be out of keeping with the conservation area. The application was subsequently amended to change the roof screening to external render to High Street and weatherboard to the Chapel Street elevations. With this amendment the application went to Basildon Council’s Planning committee on 5th April and was granted

The Queen’s 90th Birthday
BDRA have been invited to send a member to the beacon lighting on Sun Corner on Thursday 21st April, which is Her Majesty’s birthday which we were happy to accept.
In a happy co-incidence BDRA is also 90 years old this year and we have a letter congratulating us from Christopher Sandamas – Chief Clerk, Private Secretary’s Office,
Royal Household.

Paul Gayford, our membership co-ordinator, has now met with all the membership secretaries and is working on producing a map of the areas that are covered by BDRA road reps and more importantly the areas that are not covered. This will help us to plan for the future.
Sadly Helen Hill has resigned as the membership secretary for East Billericay so we are actively seeking a new volunteer to take over from Helen (see page1 if you are interested).

Billericay Soap Box Derby
We have been invited by The Rotary Club of Billericay to sponsor 2 banners on the London Road railings for their Soapbox Derby on 2nd May.

Billericay School, Feasibility Study
Essex County Council have commissioned a feasibility study to assess safety and viability of the creation of a formal parking area in the easterly highway verge, and the installation of bollards on the westerly verge of the A176

Speeding in Greens Farm Lane
Essex Police have carried out a speed survey in Green farm Lane and this shows that there is a worrying level of speeding in both directions. The Greens Farm Lane Action Group have been in communication with County Cllr Kay Twitchen to obtain her help in liaising with Essex Highways to try and find a way to reduce the speeding. So far the speed advisory sign  has been replaced.

Highway Verges
In certain areas of Billericay (e.g. Thynne Road, The Rising and Mill Road) considerable damage has been caused to grass verges and pavements by parked vehicles, particularly builders’ vans and lorries. At the request of one of our committee members an engineer from Essex County Council Highways has visited but has not been able to offer a solution. Do any of our members have any thoughts?
East & Burstead Area Update

Passingham Close Play Area  The Borough Council is to upgrade and replace the play equipment. External funding has been obtained but the Borough is required to have support from another organisation contribute to the cost before the end of the financial year. The Village Council will make a contribution of 1,000.
Footpath, Post Meadow/Tyrrells Road  Jill complained about faulty lighting. It is 2 years since she notified We contacted Kay Twitchen and we are pleased to report the footpath is now lit.
Bench at Grange Road/Burstead Drive junction   The VC has decided not to pursue this project because of the conditions being imposed by ECC, including the cost of making good the footpath and providing a hard standing.
New Village Sign  A quote of 3280 from Alpha Signs has been agreed in principle. Installation to be determined.
Great Burstead Flood Alleviation Scheme  This application has been withdrawn by the applicant. The Village Council expressed disappointment at this decision and agreed that something still needed to be done to ensure that residents in Kennel Lane and the associated area were not subjected to further flooding.
Len Turner Plaque & Bench on the Green  When the new benches are installed on the Green a photo call will be arranged with all available Village Councillors in attendance.
Footpath 41 This footpath, 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 to the parade of shops fills with commuters cars early every weekday morning. Customers cannot park so block nearby roads. A limited parking period is required.
Billericay High Street  Basildon Council is to spend 280,000 on revamping street furniture.