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Basildon Borough Council’s cabinet agreed a masterplan for the town’s redevelopment over the next five years.
Longer-term proposals, such as extending the Towngate Theatre, have also been included.
Approval on Thursday by the cabinet means the masterplan has become an official planning document against which applications will be judged.
Malcolm Buckley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is one of the biggest town centre redevelopments in the country and I am delighted the masterplan has been approved.”
As well as the new cinema, which is expected to have between eight and 12 screens, the town centre blueprint includes a new town centre college, bus station, public squares and up to 2,000 new homes.
RESIDENTS living in Brooke House have labelled the council block “a disgrace” and “an absolute joke”.
The tower block, in the Town Square, has been in the spotlight recently because of the broken lifts and now council bosses are refusing to go to Brooke House to discuss the lift problems after officers were abused by residents.
One unhappy dweller is 19-year-old Josie Cook. Miss Cook says the conditions in the tower block are an absolute state and says she has come across human excrement and drug users in the hallways and stairwells.
“I have to go past all sorts and don’t particularly want people offering me drugs whilst I am with my baby. There is piss and shit in the corridors and I cannot stand it.”
Owners of the Colors nightclub, on Southernhay, Basildon appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court after being served with a noise abatement notice following a stream of complaints from residents living in the new nearby Icon flats development.
They complained they are being kept awake at all hours by revellers at the club using the venue’s outside seating area, which is above the Beehive pub.
They have proposed erecting a screening wall, which would act as a noise shield around the balcony, to give residents a quieter life.
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 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.
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THIS is the scene at the Royal Court tower blocks in Laindon as cranes carefully demolish the towers floor by floor.
Residents have been gazing through the dirt and dust as the work takes place in King Edward Road to bring down the blocks.
Once they are demolished, a mix of 76 affordable and private homes will be built on the site by housing association Family Mosaic.
Residents were moved out of the rundown blocks in October last year.
It is expected to be about two months before both towers are demolished.
SIX people have been evicted from their homes by county court bailiffs.
The five tenants and their landlord were found living in squalid conditions at Claremont Farm, Burnt Mills Road, Basildon.
The two houses and the farm are owned by Deborah Dobbie and managed by Tony Cooper, 44, and the repossession order was served due to mortgage arrears.
Animals, including three pigs and two ponies kept at the back of the properties, were removed by volunteers from Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society based in Pitsea.
The tenants carried out about six dogs with them.