Archive for January, 2012
A NIGHTCLUB is investigating claims from a punter who said he was attacked by bouncers and left with a broken foot, nose and two black eyes.
Darrell Clark, 30, says he will never return to the Liquid and Envy, on Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park, where the attack happened.
“I woke up on the steps outside the club and someone, who I believe was a bouncer, was leaning over me.”While lying on the floor he told the person he could not walk. He said the man told him he “wouldn’t be walking anywhere” and then punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious a second time.
Police say they are still investigating the attack, at 3.30am on Saturday, December 17, 2011
A MAN came home to find an intruder chilling out on his bed, drinking wine and watching his Die Hard DVD.
The pair then got into a fight which ended with the intruder lying face down in the mud outside the house in Witchards, Basildon, just as police arrived.
A 41-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested following the incident which happened at 7.30pm last Thursday, but has been released without charge due to certain background information.
Basildon Borough Council has released draft designs which include an 8-10 screen cinema, market, more than 1,500 homes, hotel and college.
If the designs by Barratt Wilson Bowden are approved by the council’s cabinet later this month, they will then be put out for a six-week public consultation.
The council said the first phase of work could be completed by 2017.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 residential units are proposed, along with a 150-room hotel and a college for up to 2,000 students.
There would also be 40,000 sq metres (430,570 sq ft) of retail and leisure space and 25,000 sq metres (269,106 sq ft) of offices.
More info: basildontowncentre.co.uk
EVENING buses will finally run to and from Festival Leisure Park, after years of false starts.
Essex County Council has put forward £50,000 to subsidise a new hourly service to the park between 7pm and midnight, Monday to Saturday.
The new 236 service, operated by NIBs, will run from either Basildon Hospital or the bus station to Wickford station, stopping at the leisure park each way, starts on March 5.
John Schofield, county councillor for Westley Heights, announced the news at the Basildon Bus Forum in the Basildon Centre last night.
He said months of lobbying at County Hall had now paid off. He added: “This is excellent news and means users of the leisure park can now get a bus from there to Basildon or Wickford, well into the evening.”
NEW powers enabling the police to stop people drinking alcohol in 159 Basildon streets will come into force on January 2.
The designated public place order aims to tackle alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in Basildon town centre, but also covers roads in St Martin’s, Nethermayne, Lee Chapel North and Fryerns to prevent nuisance drinkers simply moving to spot nearby.
Under their new powers, police officers, police community support officers and some trained community workers will be able to ask people to stop drinking and hand over their booze if they are causing a nuisance.
If they refuse, they could be arrested or fined up to £500.
The town centre, particularly St Martin’s Square and the bus station, has been plagued by drunks who harass and intimidate passers-by.
A MAN is due in court after allegedly stealing a truck which smashed into a car showroom after a police chase.
John Beaney, 52, of Oak Road, Crays Hill, is charged in connection with an incident in which a stolen vehicle struck a police car and crashed into a motor sales site, after an off road chase.
The truck was later followed by police before crashing on the A127 near Basildon.Police were called after a Toyota pick-up truck was taken from Mansted Gardens, Rochford on Wednesday.