By Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972, a Borough may appoint Honorary Freemen of the Borough.

Basildon Council was awarded Borough status in July 2010 and received the Charter confirming it on 26 October 2010. 

Freedom of the Borough

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 in April 2011.

List of recipients

Freedom of the Borough recipientDate awarded
Don SheppardNovember 2019
Trudy Westmore-Cox MBENovember 2019
Mr Max WhitlockFebruary 2016
Mr Stuart BinghamFebruary 2016
Royal Anglian Regiment  April 2011


The names of Honorary Freemen and organisations awarded Freedom of Entry to the Borough will be displayed on boards at the Council Offices. Honorary Freemen may attend and take part in such civic receptions and functions to which all Members of the Council are invited. However, 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.

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