Archive for September, 2010
THIS is the first image of how a new housing complex set for the former Ford headquarters in Basildon town centre could look. The artist impression reveals plans to transform Trafford House, in Cherrydown East, into 359 flats, set within landscaped terraces and gardens.
Under the plans, Cherrydown East will become a tree-lined street, and shops will be built in Station Way. Developer Colonnade, which is also behind the stalled redevelopment of the Laindon Centre has submitted a planning application to Basildon Council.
Spokesman Godfrey Bradman said: “We believe the proposal is a major step forward for the continuing enhancement of the town centre.
Related: Trafford House back on the market - 17 Oct 2011
SEWAGE from Rayleigh and Canvey could power homes in Basildon if plans are approved.
Anglian Water wants to increase the size of its sewage works in Courtauld Road, Basildon, by 7.4 acres to accommodate the growth of the town.
It also wants to bring in more sludge from Rayleigh – where an old treatment plant will close – and Canvey.
The company wants to build an anaerobic digester at the site, where sludge would be processed to produce biogas. This would then be converted into 7,000 megawatts of electricity a year – enough to power 1,589 homes.
POLICE have been asked to step up patrols of two Basildon streets following residents’ complaints about drug dealing.
Lynda Gordon, leader of the opposition Labour group on Basildon Council, contacted police after hearing reports from worried residents about dealers openly selling drugs in Ballards Walk and Somercotes.
Officers announced yesterday they will be cracking down on the criminals, who are said to be selling cannabis and a variety of class A drugs during daylight hours and in the evenings.
Mrs Gordon said: “I was contacted by some really frightened residents. It’s pretty terrible, apparently the drug dealers are really blase and don’t mind who sees them.
“In Ballards Walk they drive up to the parade of shops in cars with their music blaring, before doing the deals. They’re selling openly in the street in Somercotes too.
Basildon is to have its first mayor after after the Queen gave approval for the area to become a borough instead of a district.
Cllr Mo Larkin, who is currently chairman of Basildon Council, will become the area’s first mayor when the authority officially receives the charter in late October.
Council leader Tony Ball said:
“Becoming a borough is an important step forward for Basildon and it will assist the council in raising the status and attracting new investment to the area.”
A POLICE scheme which used cardboard cut-out policemen to try to prevent crime has been scrapped after it was found to have “very little effect” on reducing crime.
The two-dimensional figures have been displayed in shops and petrol stations since last year, with figures deployed across south Essex.
But the trial, which cost Essex Police about £2,000, has been abandoned after it failed to repel crime and became the target of pranksters, intent on stealing the cut-outs.
BASILDON Council is gearing up for a major eviction at the Hovefields traveller camp after families on six illegal pitches made it clear they are not moving.
Just hours before the eviction deadline expired at midnight last night, only one of seven plots facing demolition had been cleared of caravans.
The remaining families have made it clear they are determined to stay and face a stand off.
Speaking from one of the under-threat plots in Hovefields Avenue, one man who would not be named, said:
“We will not go easily and will put gas bottles all round and protest and people will chain themselves to the fences.”