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Litter Pick on 17th October Billericay Town Council holds regular litter blitzes in litter prone areas and relies on volunteers to help out with this. The next litter pick is at Queens Park and volunteers meet at Queens Park Community Church at 9.15am to finish at 11.30am – refreshments are provided. Guidance for volunteers - litter pickers, bags and gloves are provided, clothing should be appropriate for outdoors and footwear should be strong and sensible. If you want to volunteer contact Billericay Town Clerk on 01277 625732

90th Anniversary The Committee is starting to gather ideas on ways to celebrate our 90th anniversary year in 2016

15/00813/ABAS Two fascia signs and one projecting sign (replacements) at Connells, 96 High Street as direct replacements for the existing shop front signage – we had no objections.
Wallinhurst Garage Chapel Street – Virtual attendance petrol filling station comprising 4 pump islands, overhead canopy, two above ground storage tanks within existing building together with change of use of remaining building to Class A1 shop. We objected to this because we considered that this was an inappropriate site because of its proximity to the Conservation Area. Chapel Street is too busy and narrow with limited access and the development will be detrimental to the residential amenity.
Outline planning application 14/00974/OUT for the demolition of three existing bungalows and construction of 16 dwellings at 16, 18 and 20 St Agnes Road, Billericay was refused because the application site is predominantly located within the Green Belt and no very special circumstances had been evidenced sufficiently to justify a departure from the policy. The proposals do not include an appropriate level of affordable housing provision. The development falls in an area with insufficient secondary school capacity to accommodate pupils from additional housing development. The submissions made with regard to flood risk in respect of the proposed residential development of the site do not demonstrate a satisfactory water drainage strategy.

East & Burstead
Play area at Passingham Close
A Resident from Passingham Close was invited to address the committee on problems with the play area at Passingham Close. It is regularly littered with drug paraphernalia and dealers’ cars pull-up nearby. The gates are not locked at night because of budget restraints. It was agreed that The Resident should draw attention to this problem and we would write to Council Leader Phil Turner.

Speeding in Greens Farm Lane  Following discussions between ECC officers and Cllrs Twitchen and Hedley the possibility of a variable 20mph limit is being examined. A speed survey is to be carried out.

118 Grange Road  18 months ago, as required by Basildon Council, two trees were planted to replace two oaks removed the owner. The replacement trees (silver birches) have since died.

New Village Sign   Despite repeated requests to County Highways, the Village Council is no nearer to the erection of a new sign for Gt. Burstead. An impasse seems to have been reached with county officers. The Council has enlisted the help of Cllr Twitched to see if the preferred location for the sign is suitable or not.
BDRA Open Day  The event on 4 July was well attended and ten new members were enrolled.
Len Turner  A bench on The Green will be dedicated to his contribution to the community.

The Crown PH  The Crown, opposite The Railway, closed without warning in late May, with signs telling customers that it would be closed for the ‘foreseeable future’. However, it re-opened a month later. The adjacent restaurant, the Beluga, had previously closed suddenly. Its status is uncertain.
Railway Station  The passenger lift for the down line to Southend has been installed. At long last both platforms now have the improved accessibility provided by lifts.
Applications decided
*14/00974/OUT 16 St Agnes Road – Demolition of three existing dwellings and construction of sixteen dwellings. Green Belt development refused by Basildon.
15/00258/FULL 17 Highfield Road – Convert bungalow to chalet with new rear Extension. Granted.
15/00488/FULL Fairfields, Tye Common Road – Demolish existing single storey side extension and replace with two storey side extension incorporating roof dormers. Replace flat roof to front dormer with catslide. Refused.
15/00501/FULL  Strathmore, Tye Common Road – Demolish bungalow and erect two detached houses. Refused.
15/00506/FULL  34 Potash Road – Raise roof with front, side and rear extensions. Granted.
Christmas Market  Sunday 6 Dec.
2016 AGM  Suggestions for the guest presentation are requested. It will be 90 years since the Association was formed.
Quad Bikes  There seems to be an increasing number of quad bikes in the Outwood Common area, creating unnecessary noise and pollution.

West Area
Planning Application No 15/00634/FULL
It was confirmed that the Hamber Safes development had been objected to on the grounds primarily of pedestrian safety as there were no pedestrian crossings nearby in Radford Way and Mountnessing Road. The entrance appeared to be used by pedestrians, cars and delivery vehicles as well as cars using the car wash. The Sainsbury outlet in Billericay was, however, welcomed but the choice of site was questioned.
The development at Hannakins Farm, Linda Gardens had also been objected to as it was on green belt land.
Ideas for further discussion at the Executive Committee were potholes, a stall at Summerfest and some ideas for the 90th Anniversary.
 Any Other Business
The pharmacy service at Basildon Hospital will be operated by Boots.
The newly installed metal flow plates to stop people using the exit as an entrance
at the Health Centre have been removed.
 The Trip Organisers have drafted the 2016 programme.
 There was a short discussion about the potholes in surrounding roads which were being repaired.