Basildon Council is set to inject £730,000 into a range of projects to help improve the borough and continue its investment into creating economic growth.
The money, part of this year’s Budget, is targeted at helping to deliver the council’s core promises announced for the next four years – town centres and high streets, improving the local environment, enhancing community safety and building strong communities.
The significant investments in the borough for 2016/7 are:
· Regeneration of the Billericay High Street area- £280,000
This investment will revitalise Billericay high street – funding the improvements to the street furniture and public streetscene and continuing the regeneration of town centres, as previously seen in Wickford and Pitsea.
· Improving Parks and Open Spaces – £176,000
The investment will enable improvements to continue in play areas across the Borough, ensuring that children can access good quality play spaces where they can play safely. This includes the Nevendon skate park and play area, an outdoor gym at the Wickford Memorial Park and improvements in open spaces in the Crouch Ward.
· Hannakins Farm – £150,000
A contribution to replacing and improving the synthetic turf pitch at Hannakin farm.
· Car Parking – £60,000
Improvements towards car parking facilities in the borough, including resurfacing car parks in the town centre for shoppers.
· Borough event – £33,000
A community-led event to be delivered in summer 2016, celebrating the borough and bringing together all the communities in Basildon.
· Keeping communities safe – £31K
This investment is to update and install security equipment in areas such as Wickford High Street (CCTV).
Councillor Phil Turner, Leader of the council, said:
“I think this is a really strong set of investment plans – even in the face of cutbacks in government funding, we have targeted our investments to follow our priorities, and these improvements will make a visible difference across the borough.
“We’ve tried to strike a balance between prudent management of the services that we know matter to people locally, and creating the prosperous borough we want to build for the future.
“Internally we are about changing the council to cost residents less, but externally our aim is to keep making improvements to the things that will help people enjoy living and working here. These investments are another example of that.”