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15 seats up for election - Third
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Latest updates Basildon Borough Council

31.08.2017

16:09

Council homes under construction

Construction work is under way on the first council homes to be built by Basildon Borough Council in 25 years.

The four two-bedroom properties in Victoria Road, Laindon, are expected to be ready early in 2018.

The houses, along with a number being built in Wickford and Basildon, will be used by families who are on the council's homeseeker register.

The council is to build 584 homes in the next five years.

17.07.2017

16:28

Key workers get priority for new housing, council says

Patrick Byrne
BBC News

Health workers, teachers and other public servants are to be given priority for new homes planned for Basildon, the district council's housing and community committee has announced.

A programme through Sempra Homes will give priority to key workers to purchase new shared ownership housing.

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Gavin Callaghan, Basildon's chairman of the policy and resources committee, said: "Sempra Homes was established to deliver a range of new homes across the borough and I am delighted that they are delivering schemes to local key workers and residents through their shared ownership programme."

Melanie Keys, manager of Sempra Homes: said: "Shared ownership provides an opportunity to purchase a share in a home where outright purchase is not affordable and pay rent on the unpurchased share, with an option to buy further shares in the future.

"Through our shared ownership programme we are working alongside the government's Help to Buy scheme, enabling residents to purchase an initial 25% share of their home."

07.07.2017

15:14

Squatters take over 'unlocked' former Job Centre building

Robby West
BBC Look East

Squatters have taken over the four-storey former Job Centre, Regent House, in Basildon claiming they've moved in due to lack of housing.

Closed over a year ago, the building now houses four squatters and three dogs.

Tom Keys said he gained access to the building through the old staff entrance door which was unlocked and protected only by a catch he was able to push open.

He does not feel he has done anything wrong as he was homeless and said: "Everyone deserves a roof over their head."

He had been in another squat and discovered Regent House as he was looking for somewhere else to live.

Basildon councillor Kerry Smith said incidents like this are due to the government not allowing councils to borrow money to build houses.

Telereal Trillium, which currently owns the building, is now attempting to regain possession.

22.06.2017

12:26

Basildon offers support for Grenfell Tower families

Orla Moore
BBC Local Live

A Basildon councillor has written to the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council to offer the borough's support following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Gavin Callaghan, chairman of the policy and resources committee, wrote: "On behalf of people across the whole of the Basildon Borough we send our heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and their homes."

He goes on to say he has asked Basildon Council officers to contact their counterparts in Kensington and Chelsea to offer any support they can, including finding any temporary accommodation that may be available for those affected by the fire.

13.06.2017

15:47

Grass has never been greener for Nick who retires after almost 50 years

Mariam Issimdar
BBC News

In a modern world of zero hours or short-term employment contracts, it's refreshing to hear about a former Essex green keeper who is planning his retirement after almost 50 years with Basildon Borough Council.

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Nick Sears, 65, from Billericay, started working with the local authority in 1968.

Having begun as an apprentice with the council's parks department, he's stepping down from his grounds maintenance manager role on 20 June.

He said: "I don’t recall ever having a day off sick and can remember coming into work with a broken foot, but I think becoming head green keeper for 25 years and overseeing the major improvement works at Basildon Golf Course ranks as my proudest achievement."

08.06.2017

11:39

Wickford travellers: Land sale allowed them to stay

Sonia Watson
BBC Essex

Basildon Council has been trying to get the unauthorised development removed from Hovefields Avenue in Wickford for some time now.

Caravans, mobile homes, sheds and fences have been put up on the green belt land.

On 18 October, the council won an injunction preventing further development and restricting occupation to those living there at the time - including the Tidd family, John Hilden and George Davis.

But a parcel of the land was then sold to Michael Smith, who is one of 11 people who applied to the High Court hoping to vary the injunction order to allow them to stay - which is what has now happened temporarily at least.

11:24

High Court rules travellers can stay on Wickford green belt site - for now

Sonia Watson
BBC Essex

Eleven travellers have won the latest round of a High Court battle to remain on unauthorised pitches set up on green belt land at Wickford.

Basildon Borough Council said an injunction covering the land west of Hovefields Avenue had been breached.

But Justice Singh allowed the travellers to remain on the site until 23 June, when the council can return to the court to puts its case.

31.05.2017

17:51

Council fined £150,000 for data breach

The council published sensitive personal information about the family's disabilities on its website.
17:07

£150,000 fine for council which published sensitive information

Nic Rigby
BBC News

A council has been fined £150,000 for publishing sensitive personal information about a family on its website.

Basildon Council released information about a traveller family's disabilities, including mental health issues, in a planning application.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says the the council failed to remove personal data.

The council said it was taking legal advice and had 28 days to appeal.

The ICO said Basildon Council breached the Data Protection Act when it published the information in planning application documents which it made publicly available online.

Its investigation found that on 16 July 2015, the council received a written statement in support of the family's planning application for proposed works in a green belt.

The statement contained sensitive personal data relating to a static traveller family who had been living on the site for many years.

An inexperienced council officer did not notice the personal information in the statement, and there was no procedure in place for a second person to check it before the personal data was published online,

The information was only removed on 4 September 2015 when the concerns came to light.

ICO enforcement manager Sally Anne Poole said: "This was a serious incident in which highly sensitive personal data, including medical information, was made publicly available.

"Planning applications in themselves can be controversial and emotive, so to include such sensitive information and leave it out there for all to see for several weeks is simply unacceptable."

A Basildon Council spokesman said: "The council has been given 28 days in which to lodge an appeal against this decision. We are taking advice and considering our position."

16:51

Council fined for publishing sensitive information about family

Nic Rigby
BBC News

A council has been fined £150,000 for publishing sensitive personal information about a family on its website.

Basildon Council released information about a traveller family's disabilities, including mental health issues, in its planning application for work in a green belt.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says the council failed to remove personal data.

A Basildon Council spokesman said: "The council has been given 28 days in which to lodge an appeal against this decision. We are taking advice and considering our position."

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