incorporating the Billericay Action Group
We aim to:
Preserve and improve the quality of life in Billericay.
Welcome change and improvement, by public consent.
Conserve the town's and district's character, history, identity and ecology.
Oppose over-development and urban sprawl.
Hold local authorities and public bodies to account.
We firmly believe that Residents groups represent the public's interests.
The Billericay Residents' Association was formed in 1926.
The strength of the Residents’ Association has been the dedication and enthusiasm of its members since the earliest days; without people with such qualities Billericay would not be the pleasant town it is today.
The proposed development north of the railway line caused concern to the people of Buttsbury who formed the Sunnyville Residents’ Association which eventually became known as the Buttsbury Residents’ Association. Shortly afterwards the journal “Buttsbury News” made its appearance as the Association’s means of communication with its members.
The Billericay Residents' Association journal “The Mayflower” was started
3rd March 1978
In anticipation of electoral boundary changes which removed Buttsbury Ward the two Residents’ Associations decided to merge to form one to represent the whole of Billericay. Thus on Friday 3rd March 1978 the Billericay District Residents’ Association was born.
1st May 1978
The new Association launched its own newsletter - The Resident - which was, and still is, circulated to all members.
We strengthened our Association by joining with the Billericay Action Group (BAG).
The BAG is now a fully constituted sub-committee of the BDRA, with a high degree of delegated authority and autonomy. This Group was set up in 2014 to challenge the Council's proposals to expand the area with more housing than the infrastructure could manage, and to preserve the Green Belt and the quality of life for residents of Billericay.
The Resident newsletter, which over time has morphed into a 12 page colour magazine, is circulated to members 10 times a year.
It has an advantage over other magazines as it gives residents information which is relevant to them, gives them a voice through the letters page, reports on the workings of the BDRA, gives updates on key issues, monitors planning, provides a place for local clubs and associations to advertise their events, advertises local businesses and runs a very successful programme of coach trips.
Both the BAG and BDRA organisations have a Facebook page with regular updates and items.
Chair Keith Bailey
Vice Chairman Stephen Chapman
Treasurer Susan Harrington
Secretary Viv Burling
Editor Lisa Ronchetti
Webmaster Michael Yates
Billericay Action Group (BAG)
Secretary Andy Wilson
Joint Area Committee (JAC)
Chairman Tony Beard
Vice Chairman Eve Oliver
Secretary Marian Jones
West Area Vacancy
East Area Mark Hayes
Queens Park Paul Farrow
SW and Burstead Sheila Pullin
Burstead Keith Bailey
Coach Trip Organisers