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.
A NEW lake, children’s play area and improved lighting are coming to Basildon’s Gloucester Park as part of a £1.4million scheme.
The money will be invested by Barratt Wilson Bowden, in exchange for the company getting planning permission to build 144 new homes in place of the former swimming pool and surrounding land at the park, off Broadmayne.
Barratt will also install a new children’s playground next to the smaller lake, to replace a playground off Broadmayne, which is also being built over.
The firm will improve paths and street lighting from Broadmayne to the park, and add a large paved and seating area next to the new lake.
The area where the 144 homes, lake, playground and other facilities are being installed will be re-named Acacia Park.
THE owner of a pizza and kebab takeaway has been fined more than £4,000 for breaching hygiene standards.
Mahmood Naseri, owner of Up the Road at the Adam’s Business Centre in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon was found guilty of 12 separate food hygiene offences.
The restaurant was found to have rats and been unclean.
Officers found that the premises was dirty and the structure poorly maintained, allowing a rodent infestation to take hold. Food handlers were not wearing uniforms and there was no evidence of staff training.
The Magistrates stressed that in light of the seriousness of the offences the fines would have been substantially greater had Mr Naseri not claimed to have been of limited means.
TWO nightclubs threatened with closure in Basildon are to stay open – saving 100 jobs.
The future of Liquid & Envy at Festival Leisure Park has been secured, after the £45million sale of its parent company to a consortium of industry experts.
Luminar, the parent company of 66 nightclubs across the UK, went into administration in October with debts of £140million.
The 100 staff at Basildon had faced an uncertain future since then.
Liquid & Envy opened at Festival Leisure Park in April 2008, in the former Lava and Ignite buildings.
YOBS hurled a 16lb bowling ball, which narrowly missed a child.
The ball was hurled from the balcony of Basildon Bowl in High Pavement, Basildon at 12.15pm on Saturday. [3rd December 2011]
It narrowly missed the boy who was walking below.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the person responsible.
YOBS torched a fast food restaurant causing £16,000 damage.
A probe had been launched into the blaze at Farm Pizza, Clay Hill Road, Basildon.
Police have confirmed the fire was started deliberately.
The yobs set fire to the wooden roof of the fast food restaurant. It was wrecked and food worth £1,000 was also destroyed.
Fire crews from Basildon raced to the blaze and spent around an hour putting it out.
Happened between 11pm on Sunday 27 Nov 2011 and 5am Monday.
A MYSTERY patriot put put his own take on Armistice Day by fixing a giant poppy to the Basildon sign.
Motorists driving passed the well-known landmark were touched by the warm-hearted act of remembrance on Friday.
The massive red poppy was placed on the 5ft high letter “B” in the early hours of Friday.
Councillor Malcolm Buckley, councillor responsible for the environment at Basildon Council, said: “Although we wouldn’t condone this sort of thing normally, I think pretty much all of us were chuffed to see the poppy there.
Bobby Baker, 15, is the mysterious patriot who put the “ahh” in Armistice Day by fixing a giant poppy onto the large “Basilwood” sign off the A127.
SEVERAL people suffered broken bones after a 20-strong gang fight in Vange.
The fight broke out in Swan Mead Park between around 20 teenagers.
One suffered a broken nose while a parent who tried to help suffered a broken hand.
The fight happened at 7pm on Sunday 13th November 2011.