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History Fair
Billericay Community Archive will be holding their History Fair on Saturday 7th October from 10am-4pm with lots of displays from different organisations (including BDRA) and a series of free talks

Brightside School Expansion
It is important that we know when the planning application is submitted and we noted that this will appear on ECC's website, not Basildon's. We will want to express our concerns about the increase in parking in the local streets which already causes nuisance to residents and can only get worse if the school is larger

The sign at the back of Chigwell Windows is still in situ despite being refused planning permission, although it is not now lit at night. Basildon Council web site does not indicate that there has been an appeal.

Local Plan

BDRA, Billericay Society and Billericay Action group have received a copy of the reply from Matthew Winslow of Basildon Council to John Baron MP.
Basildon Council’s Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee had held meetings on 19/7 and 1/8 with the result that 52 Key Actions have been approved (to ensure that the next version of the Local Plan addresses issues raised by consultees); the Independent Review has been cancelled; the consultation on New and Alternative Site Options has resulted in 7 new Key Actions and a new timeline will be presented to Committee on 14/9 and if approved to Full Council for adoption on 12/10.

South West Billericay was one of three High Level Development Frameworks (areas to be considered and tested in greater detail given the complexities of coordinating infrastructure or enabling works). Pell Frischmann, a firm of consulting engineers was appointed in December 2016, to look at this and were near completion.

The rules regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) may be amended by the Government so the Council meeting on 14/9 will consider this, Section 106 agreements will remain if no CIL is in place.
Speeding Review
Essex County Council have been asked again about the missing 30mph sign in Stock Road (first reported a year ago), stressing how important this is in light of our proposed speedwatch. We have been given a new reference number. The Fire Brigade is expecting a delivery of speedwatch cameras soon so we should be able to start training our volunteers soon.
Virgin Media
It would seem there are two separate issues with the work being done by this company. One is the disruption to our streets and the other the anticipation that broadband reception will be better when the work is completed. For the former there is a contact number for Virgin Community Liaison Officer Rob Deakins of 07970 524744. We would like to know if there is a successful outcome when he is contacted and a member of our committee is happy to be the contact person for BDRA. As soon as we get any news of a timetable we can pass it on. As work is happening in great\Burstead at the moment there is a logic which suggests that they will be connected in the first tranche.

Billericay Swimming Pool
The Council’s regeneration committee have decided that a viability study is the next stage for the pool as any refurbishment is likely to cost more than the 150,000 set aside in the budget. West area committee are keeping an eye on the progress of this study.
Planning Applications
Applications determined
17/00650/FULL & 17/00651/LBBAS 22 High Street :Change of use to residential accommodation (3 units) and undertake alterations comprising first floor rear extension, new and extended dormers in north facing roof slope, rear gable addition and new window openings to flank elevations was granted
17/00622/FULL The Crown Public House: Siting of two timber garden sheds (to be used as outdoor seating booths) and a covered pergola structure, along with the installation fixed booth and bench seating in the rear garden was granted

Applications submitted
17/01009/ABAS Wallinhurst Garage Chapel Street:- Install four internally illuminated and non-illuminated fascia signs and erect an internally illuminated totem sign – no objection
17/01089/FULL 71 Chapel Street Single storey extension to the rear, first floor side and rear extensions – refer to East Area
17/01096/TPOBAS T1 and T2 (TPO/17/95) Pollard reductions of 50% to 2 no Sycamores in Pasha car park because trees are blocking out light and encroaching on garden – no objection
17/00900/FULL 135 High Street: Erect second storey to provide two bed self-contained flat – no objection

Larger Applications still undetermined
16/00999/OUT residential development at Magdalen Lodge Potash Road
16/01759/FULL sheltered retirement apartments at 107 Laindon Road
17/00477/FULL Elizabeth Cottage 4 High Street; Part single, part two storey rear extension and conversion to create 7 no. apartments.
17/006117/00612/OUT 139 141 Noak Hill Road Outline application for the demolition of 2 dwellings and construction of 9 two bedroom and 3 one bedroom apartments with 27 under-croft car parking spaces. We thought the proposal was of excessive height and bulk and prejudicial to the street scene and the proximity of a large number of apartments was likely to cause noise and disturbance to the occupants of 143 Noak Hill Road, with potential for overlooking. Access and egress for 24 vehicles via the busy A176, the primary route linking Basildon and Billericay, had highway safety implications

Billericay District Residents’ Association needs volunteers to help us with the following roles. If you would like to help us we need:-
A road rep
to deliver The Resident to Burstead Drive / Kevin Close / Patricia Gardens / Briar View+Close If you can help Helen Cherifi would be delighted to hear from you on 622369.
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;