In the News: December 2020
The winner and runner-up of the council's Christmas Lights competition has been revealed, after the Mayor of Basildon visited the two properties to present the winners with their prize.
Talks have ended between Basildon Council and J D Wetherspoon over a proposed site on Woodlands Road, Wickford, with no agreement to move the project forward.
Forty eight one and two bedroom homes are set to be built for borough residents on the council housing waiting list after the council completed the purchase of a site.
In the news: Emergency committee agrees grant support changes for borough's Hospitality and Leisure businesses impacted by Tier 3 restrictions
At the Staffing Matters and Review Sub-Committee today (Friday 18 December), amendments were agreed to the Additional Support Grant (ARG) Scheme to help as many businesses involved in the hospitality and leisure sectors as possible through the Christmas period and the impact of Tier 3 restrictions.
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Arts and culture are set to be at the forefront of plans to reimagine Basildon town centre after councillors approved next steps for a draft cultural strategy.
In the news: "This never needed to happen", Council Leader responds to announcement that Basildon borough will go into Tier 3 restrictions on Wednesday
Following the announcement that Basildon, along with most of Essex will move into Tier 3 (very high level) restrictions from Wednesday 16 December, The Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Gavin Callaghan said: "This never needed to happen. We knew three weeks ago that our R rates across Essex were going in the wrong direction. I called for schools to be closed early - I called for workplace testing to be introduced, and we ended up with dithering and procrastination from the Government and Essex County Council. I know that it took from the 26th November until the 8thDecember to get LFT testing up and running and the tests haven't been targeted in the right areas.
Basildon Council is launching a social media competition this Christmas, in partnership with Swan Housing and Morgan Sindall, to bring some Christmas cheer to the borough.
From today (Tuesday 8 December), Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust began offering COVID vaccinations at Basildon Hospital as part of the NHS vaccination programme involving 50 hubs across the country. The first group of people who are eligible for the vaccine are those aged 80 or over, who they are contacting via text message.
The Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Gavin Callaghan has welcomed Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) for borough residents but says it could have been done sooner and we now need to focus on closing schools early for Christmas to stop the spread of the virus.