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October already!

Someone once said that time speeds up as you get older. Whoever it was has got it right.  Hard to believe its October already and autumn is upon us.   There is both the reassurance of the yearly cycle and the knowledge that so many things are changing. It seems as though change is accelerating and with it it brings confusion and uncertainty. 
To help to unravel the confusion the articles we feature on personal finances are in response to key changes. I came across a government website on pensions called  Pensionwise which helps to demystify the new pension rules . The Citizens Advice Bureau are able to signpost you on pension matters. I have asked the library if they will host a session or a stall by CAB to give people information.

Close the gates?
The problems with anti social behaviour and fly tipping in parks and green spaces are being reported in the press and to the Association and there are repeated requests for Basildon Council to lock gates.  Undoubtedly leaving gates open makes easy access for anyone who engages in these activities however it is not the only answer.
Finding a solution or a number of solutions rather than just reacting would seem to be a way forward. The cost of resources used to react must be mounting up.
The consequences of anti social behaviour and fly tipping  leave a community anxious and disempowered wondering where they can turn to for support. For example in Passingham Close residents have given information but have not had any feedback on progress.
 Another issue is that it is disheartening for the volunteers who work with the council to maintain the spaces for us all. As always I am interested in your feedback on

As you will see in committee news there is debate about whether the Billericay Residents Association started in 1926 or 1927. There is no debate about how and why it started.  So my take on it is to have a 90th year starting in the middle of 2016 until the middle of 2017 with key articles and events.  I have made a few contacts and will be telling you their stories. Also we will be sharing with you our ideas for including current residents’ thoughts about the way forward for Billericay. One resident said let’s not stay in the past but learn from the past and move towards the 100th anniversary. Sounds like good advice to me.

 This Could be YOU!
The Road reps are the backbone of the Association.  Without them you would not receive your Resident.  If road reps are not found for these rounds then the delivery will have to discontinue.  The best people to deliver to a road are those who live in it. These rounds only mean a time commitment of 20-30mins for 10 months a year and a little extra for collecting subs. Please don’t let the rounds disappear as the previous residents are likely to have delivered the rounds for many years.
Road reps for:

7 Houses Grosvenor Gdns

 Please call Paul Farrow on 625126 if you can help

30 houses - covering Ash Green, Harrods court & Outwood common road.
4 houses on Oakwood drive.

 Please call Helen Hill on 636024 if you can help
 18 houses in Little Burstead

Please call Pam Heazel on 413865 if you can help


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