Basildon Council was awarded Borough status in July 2010 and received the Charter confirming it on 26 October 2010.
By Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972, a Borough may appoint Honorary Aldermen and Honorary Freemen of the Borough.
The title of Honorary Alderman is a high honour which will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances to former Councillors who have rendered eminent services to the Council, having made an outstanding contribution to the activities of the Council.
In order to have achieved the required level of distinction, prospective Aldermen will usually have served at least 12 years as a Councillor before being considered for appointment as an Honorary Alderman.
No serving Councillor may be considered for appointment as an Honorary Alderman. If an Alderman is subsequently re-elected onto the Council, they may not be addressed as Alderman or benefit from any privileges that Aldermen may be entitled to, until they once more cease to be a Councillor.
The first person to receive the title of 'Honorary Alderman of the Borough' was former Councillor Mr. Geoffrey Buckenham.
|Mr Geoffrey Buckenham||October 2011|
Freedom of the Borough is a high honour which will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances where the prospective recipient is an individual or organisation of distinction that has rendered eminent services to the Borough. They will have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the Borough and/or on the international stage which have brought pride and satisfaction to the Borough.
Serving Councillors shall not be eligible for nomination as Honorary Freeman. However, Aldermen shall be eligible.
In both cases, nominations may only be submitted by a serving Councillor. If the nomination proceeds to consideration by full Council, a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of Members voting at a specially convened meeting is required for the nomination to be successful.
The first recipient of the Freedom of the Borough was the Royal Anglian Regiment.
|Royal Anglian Regiment||April 2011|
The names of Honorary Aldermen, Honorary Freemen and organisations awarded Freedom of Entry to the Borough will be displayed on boards at the Council Offices. Honorary Aldermen and Honorary Freemen may attend and take part in such civic receptions and functions to which all Members of the Council are invited. However, Aldermen and Freemen shall not have the right, as such, to attend meetings of the Council or a Committee, or to receive any such allowances or payments to which Councillors are entitled.
Freedom of Entry to the Borough entitles a military unit to march through the streets of the Borough with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying.