We noted that traffic surveys were being undertaken around the town both with automatic pneumatic traffic counters and manual traffic counts to gain information about the traffic flow around Billericay.
We also noted and congratulated Little Burstead Parish Council for the initiative of putting stickers on the sides of the green waste bins in the village to remind drivers of the 30mph speed limit.
The issue of anti-social behaviour at Passingham Close is being taken up by County Cllr Kay Twitchen who will liaise with Cllr Kevin Blake.
Cllr Kevin Blake has now arranged for the main gates of Lake Meadows to be closed at night, although there are issues that need to be resolved this is a step in the right direction.
15/01055/FULL - Sub-divide units at 5 - 6 The Walk into individual units. Use unit 5 as a juice bar and unit 6 as an office, consultation room, food preparation and storage area and lay out tables and chairs on the highway. We would object because of obstruction to pedestrians using The Walk.
The refurbishment of the swimming pool at Quilters School is nearing completion and there will be an official opening ceremony. A scheme for community usage is being decided. BDRA would write to ask to be kept informed.
After contacting Essex County Council about the cleaning of the footbridge we have been told that it is the responsibility of Basildon Borough Council and our enquiry has been forwarded.
Hospice Neighbours Scheme
St Luke’s Hospice has been successful in obtaining grant funding from Essex County Council under the ‘Independence, Choice and Control’ scheme for a 3 year project to develop a Hospice Neighbours scheme. This is a community based volunteer service that provides practical support and companionship to people and families living with a life limiting illness. This support can include a range of practical tasks such as taking the dog for a walk, picking up prescriptions, light shopping, gardening or simply providing company for people who may be isolated. Similar schemes are already operating elsewhere and they provide a great way of helping to connect communities. Comprehensive training and on-going support for Neighbour volunteers will be provided by the Hospice. For more information about this scheme, contact Sharon Quinn, Service Development Manager at St. Luke’s on 01268 524973.
Cards for Good Causes
''Cards for Good Causes” is back at Billericay Library from 26th October to 18th December. It is very interesting to know in 2001 the charity gave at least 81p in the £1. Last year, 2014, the charity guaranteed 70p. But after the accounts were completed, were able to donate 77p in the £1. Keeping running costs down is paramount. The Billericay Pop Up Shop made an astounding £18,711.22 in sales in 2014. More than Brentwood, £13,654.46, Southend £9,704.69 and Rayleigh £7,023.87. This is so impressive and says a lot about the generosity of our small town. The Billericay pop-up shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Statement of Community Involvement
Every local planning authority in England is legally required to prepare and keep up to date a ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ setting out how it intends to involve and consult the public, businesses and special interest groups in determining planning applications, preparing local plans and enforcing planning rules.
Essex County Council has already adopted theirs and Basildon Council has launched its public consultation ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ which details how the council intends to engage with local residents on the process of planning and agree a set of priorities for the sustainable development of the area.
The consultation will run for six weeks from 1st October to 12th November 2015 and residents are asked to refer to the website www.basildon.gov.uk/sci to submit responses.
Changes in the street scene
We’ve noticed that a lot of new street lights are being installed and the old ones are being removed. Also that several bus shelters have been removed, these will hopefully be replaced in the near future.
After enquiries at Waitrose the sign that informs people that the mechanism of the clock which was originally on Billericay workhouse at the front of the store has been found and reinstated.
Land east of Southend Road Billericay
Some members will attend the drop in consultation event organised by Barratt Homes at the Billericay School on 9th October when they will be showing their proposals for new homes on land east of Southend Road in South Green. ( see page 2)
Christmas Market – Sunday 6th December
BDRA would be sponsoring the Punch and Judy show as usual.
Parking on Conservation Area
Recently Cllr. Phil Turner, Leader of Basildon Council, suggested that the greensward in Noak Hill Road (alongside the Cherry Tree Park development) be used to supplement car parking for the town. This is highway land owned by Essex County Council (ECC) but designated by Basildon Council as a Wildlife Conservation area. Both ECC and the Mill Meadows Society are against the proposal. It was agreed that we would write to Cllr. Phil Turner, copies to Borough and County Councillors representing Billericay, expressing BDRA opposition.
Salt Bag Scheme 2015 The Village Council will again participate in the ECC salt bag scheme and the salt will be delivered to the Billericay Fire Station in late September/early October, for distribution to volunteers on a day yet to be confirmed. The Town Council has decided not to participate this year, as it was felt that most potential users would still have salt available after two mild winters. However, the Town Council is installing a further 6 wayside salt bins in key locations identified by residents.