Back Basildon's bid to become a unitary authority - Leader of Basildon Council Gavin Callaghan writes to counterpart at Essex County Council, Councillor David Finch
In the news: Busy Bees return to newly refurbished Bluehouse Farm Community Centre
A Laindon pre-school that was forced to relocate after a fire has returned to take up residence in the extension of the newly refurbished Bluehouse Community Centre.
Basildon Council will receive a major funding boost for supporting people sleeping rough, with £474,871 to boost programmes for those most in need of housing.
Basildon councillors are to be asked to give the green light to develop a business case backing a bid to make Basildon Council a unitary authority, independent of Essex County Council.
A team assembled by Basildon Council to keep the borough clean and tidy carried out more than 700 jobs in 2019.
Basildon councillors could next week approve a policy to standardise the approach to all memorials for loved ones and pets in the borough's parks and open spaces.
Councillors are set to consider the approval of more estate action days to help improve the look and feel of the borough's estates.
A public consultation on leisure and culture has revealed that residents want more community events, affordable leisure and cultural opportunities and better use of our town centres.
In the news: East Square cinema project main contract awarded
A new contract for the construction of the East Square cinema and restaurants project has been awarded after the former main contractor fell into administration.
In the news: Wickford Wombles receive new litter pickers from council clean-up fund
A litter picking group has received new litter picking equipment after successfully applying to the council's High Street and Town Centres clean-up fund.
In the news: Safer Basildon Hub relaunches
Basildon has relaunched its community safety hub with more agencies working together to safeguard vulnerable people, tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and reduce re-offending in the borough.
In the news: Basildon celebrates National Energy Saving Week and Beam Energy partnership offering residents cheaper bills
This week, in support of National Energy Saving Week, Basildon Council joined forces with fellow Beam Energy partner Barking and Dagenham Council to meet pupils at Henry Green Primary School who were taking part in a zero-electricity hour.