Conservatives Take Back Basildon Council

Conservatives Take Back Basildon Council
The municipal year 2017/18 was not a good one to be a Conservative on Basildon Borough Council. After maintaining administration in Basildon since 2002, local Tories watched with dismay when our majority disappeared in a UKIP deluge in 2014. We carried on in minority administration for a further three years, but last year a remarkable ...

Local Plan Stalled

Local Plan Stalled
Last week, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, named and shamed fifteen local councils for not yet having a Local Plan in place, one of which was Basildon Borough Council. Over several years, the previous Conservative Administration on Basildon Council worked on this difficult and complicated task, whilst fiercely battling ...

Once again, Basildon Council fails to act on illegal encampments

Once again, Basildon Council fails to act on illegal encampments
In July of this year, I moved a motion at Full Council as follows: “Given the considerable costs incurred when illegal/unauthorised occupation of Council land takes place, Council believes that pro-active action should be taken to protect such land from incursions using whatever means necessary to prevent vehicle access and the establishment of residential encampments ...

Basildon Hospital MoU

Basildon Hospital MoU
Conservatives have called on the Labour-led Administration to put more effort, resources and urgency into getting the projects within the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that we have with Basildon Hospital moving. The previous Conservative Administration had negotiated an agreement that would have seen Basildon Council partner with the Hospital on numerous initiatives that could have ...

Ready for your close-up, Cllr Callaghan?

Ready for your close-up, Cllr Callaghan?
The Labour-led coalition have wasted no time in chucking away tens of thousands of pounds of your money on their personal vanity projects. At a meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee meeting on 7th September, Cllr Gavin Callaghan (Lab, Pitsea North-West), the de facto leader of the coalition, pushed through a scheme to spend ...

UKIP leader abandons Green Belt Review

UKIP leader abandons Green Belt Review
UKIP leader abandons Green Belt Review and her promise to reduce housing numbers! Since becoming a councillor in 2008, I have attended scores, if not hundreds, of council and committee meetings. Last night’s meeting of Basildon Council’s Infrastructure, Growth & Development Committee must rank as the strangest. The big news out of Basildon Council is ...

Love Your Borough 2017 cancelled

Love Your Borough 2017 cancelled
The ‘Love Your Borough’ event scheduled for 16th September has been cancelled by the Coalition Partners at Basildon Council. A meeting of the Housing and Community Committee, headed by Independent Councillor Kerry Smith, voted to scrap this event. Conservatives on the committee opposed this decision and voted against the proposal. The event, which was a ...

Campaign success for Florence Way

Campaign success for Florence Way
For over a year Conservative Councillor Stephen Hillier has been lobbying County Council to get Florence Way, Langdon Hills resurfaced. In a survey in April 2016, Cllr Hillier found 69 repairs to previous defects and a further 40 current defects in Florence Way. Cllr Hillier lobbied Conservative County Councillor Eddie Johnson, the then Cabinet Member ...

Wickford ‘Independents’

Wickford ‘Independents’
Wickford Conservatives would like to congratulate the two so-called ‘independent’ Wickford councillors for finally realising that in a representative democracy you need to work together as part of a group in order to get anything done. Commiserations, however, to the people of Wickford because, by joining with Labour and UKIP, the so-called Wickford Independents have ...

Vote UKIP, Get Labour

Vote UKIP, Get Labour
You may have heard that the Conservatives have been removed as the Administration on Basildon Council by UKIP and Labour, who have formed a coalition and are being supported by the Wickford Independents and Independence from the EU. This “Unholy Coalition” have taken control of the Council and, while the Labour Leader Gavin Callaghan has ...