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Coach Trip Organisers
Yvonne and Kathleen came along to the meeting to talk about their future plans for a varied programme of trips in 2018.

Mayflower 400 project
Billericay Town Council is setting up an events working party to plan Billericay's celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower in 2020. BDRA has been asked to nominate someone to be a co-opted member.

Brightside School Expansion
One of our members advised us that on 21st September Essex County Council have published a proposal to enlarge the premises of Brightside Primary School to expand Brightside Primary from 420 places to 630 places (three forms of entry) from September 2019. There are four weeks from 21 September 2017 to make objections or comments in respect of this proposal. BDRA will make an objection based on the fact that car parking around the school is inadequate now and is not being addressed in this proposal.


Billericay Swimming Pool
BDRA West Committee have discussed the future of Billericay Swimming Pool. In July Basildon Council postponed 150,000 of scheduled works at the pool and instead commissioned a ’viability appraisal’ into how much investment was actually needed to keep the pool functional for the next 10 years or whether closure was necessary.
The Executive Committee felt that this was an issue that was town wide and hence would keep a watching brief on developments.

Local Plan
Members of BDRA have met with members of the Billericay Society and Billericay Action Group because of concern that the timetable for the Local Plan to be produced and approved has slipped to 2019. The 3 groups have written to John Baron MP so he can ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he would call in the Local Plan because the people of Billericay are now suffering from indecision and planning blight.

Planning
107 Laindon Road - 17/00019/NONDET– the planning application to demolish existing house and construct of a new building with 32 1 and 2 bedroom sheltered retirement apartments with parking, bin/buggy storage, communal space, access and landscaping has gone to appeal for non-determination. Meanwhile a new application has been submitted 17/01242/FULL which looks similar but with additional parking. BDRA will object - overdevelopment of the site
17/01297/LDC - To establish the lawfulness of the proposed installation of three MAV ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras within the Waitrose carpark
17/01314/ABAS - New and replacement signage at Waitrose
17/00612/OUT 139 Noak Hill Road Outline application for the demolition of 2 dwellings and construction of 9 two bedroom apartments with associated under-croft car parking spaces at 139 to 141 Noak Hill Road (revised scheme) has been granted

Speeding
At the Local community Meeting on 29th September Inspector Andy Parkman agreed to offer support to our Speedwatch volunteers – now we just need a camera.

Data Protection
Under the 1998 Data Protection Act individuals and organisations that process personal information need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. However BDRA is exempt from this because we are not-for-profit making and are only keeping details for the purpose of establishing or maintaining membership.



Volunteers
Billericay District Residents’ Association needs volunteers to help us with the following roles. If you would like to help us we need:-

A secretary for the main committee and a secretary for the East/Burstead committee to prepare the agendas for the monthly meeting, write minutes and handle a small amount of correspondence;
A membership secretary for East Area to keep records of the members in the area and liaise with the road reps;
Members for the West Area Committee to attend meetings and share concerns about the west of Billericay;