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This Month's Topics

 

As we draw near the end of 2016 I look back on it as a seminal year, a year of national and local change. As I wrote in the Lions fundraising quiz there will be no shortage of subjects to ask questions on.

Billericay community events are a big attraction at this time of the year.  The fantastic firework display at Lake Meadows organised by the Round Table actually on 5th November and the better than ever Christmas Market on 4th December organised by the Rotarians. Also on the events page there are a number of smaller but no less important fundraising events to go to. A reminder to event organisers and clubs that the next Resident is for two months so any events from 10th December to 10th February. In fact as soon as you have details of an event let us know on
resident@bdra.org as the events page fills very quickly.

BDRA 90
It was lovely to see so many people at our Time capsule event and thanks go to the committee and helpers for making this a significant event in our year.  A special mention goes to Suki at Cellers in Western Road who helped us out of a sticky situation when we nearly didn’t have glasses to drink our bubbly. Do look at the hopes on page 7 as they are representative of all ages and give us a mandate as an association to work with others to keep these hopes alive.

Local Plan Update
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Were you dismayed like me when it was reported that Councillor Phil Turner said that there are always going to be dissatisfied people when the results of the consultation were published and Councillor Baggott was heard to say that it’s the usual people who complain and we can’t base our decisions on the few who complain? We need to have confidence in our elected representatives and their understanding of the impact of such a plan.
There was a democratic process of consultation which we took part in and the numbers from Billericay were the highest.
Regardless of the number the points which were made were of extreme importance to all the residents of Billericay. The key issues being about infrastructure and quality of life.  To hear that now there is a consideration of more areas and in the region of another 1000 houses to pay for the relief road
is incredible. We baulked at 1700 plus houses now there is a distinct possibility that this will rise to double that number.
The problem is that time is against the council as they have a deadline of April 2017 and there is doubt about whether they will consult on the extra areas and whether they will consult on individual areas rather than the whole plan.  This is a dilemma for residents as the planning process moves on. The council has not got to this stage with any of the previous local plans (2012 and 2014).
BDRA is doing two things on your behalf. One,to get in touch with a planning consultant and two to join with other groups ( BAG and Billericay Society) who will have strong interest and feeling in the current turn of events.  BDRA is keeping an eye on events and we will be asking for a response.

Speeding
You will see that this is still a live issue. I was challenged by one resident to say how many people’s responses is a significant number to consider that an issue is strongly felt.  That is a very difficult question to answer however I notice that Great Burstead and South Green village council have it on their agenda and also the residents of Little Burstead took innovative action of their own. So my answer is that there is a town and district wide issue and BDRA can play its part. There is no way we can determine an outcome however gathering data, raising awareness and speaking to elected officials is a starting point.
Speeding on Stock Road
Mervyn Wright, chair of the west area committee is placing his focus on Stock Road where he says It is a 30 m.p.h. area but most traffic travels at 40+ m.p.h and 50 and 60 m.p.h. are common place. There are many vulnerable people on the road including young and old. Please email Mervyn if you feel strongly about the issue and feel you would like something done. mervyn.wright@sky.com

HAVING YOUR SAY

Let us know about  how we can improve the BDRA website and if you can help.
Please don’t be limited by what we have in this month’s edition do let the Editor know about any other concerns, plaudits and where we can pat people on the back.
As usual the way to contact us is email:
resident@bdra.org or tel: 01277 632390 

Copy Dates for "Resident"


If readers wish to advertise an event or have an article printed in the newsletter the item should be submitted to the Editor by the 15th of the month before publication:

Chris Wade
12a Tyrone Close
Great Burstead
Billericay CM11 2RX

or e-mail resident@bdra.org
If an event is to be held before the 10th of the month then, to ensure circulation, the advertisement should be in the previous month's issue, e.g. an event taking place on the 3 May should be advertised in the April issue. Similarly if an event is scheduled for September then the advertisement should appear in the July issue.