Basildon Council launches early engagement consultation on future of town centre

Basildon Council has today launched an early engagement consultation to get residents’ views on what they want for the future of Basildon town centre.

The detailed questions cover a number of areas, including acceptable building heights; future social and cultural offerings; and what types of housing residents would want among a list of other questions.

The results will support in the development of a new regeneration strategy for Basildon town centre in the wake of the change in administration following last month’s local elections which saw the Tories assume control.

Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Andrew Baggott, said: “We know how strong residents’ views are on the future of Basildon town centre, and that’s why we’ve launched this comprehensive early engagement consultation so the people of Basildon can have their voices heard. We want to ensure that we get the right balance of the things that matter most to our residents, so that in the long term the town centre is a thriving asset that our residents can be proud of.

“This isn’t going to be hidden, we want everyone to complete it, and share it, so that as many residents as possible can take part and share their views.”

Chairman of the Regeneration and Economic Development Committee, Councillor Anthony Hedley, added: “We recognise that changes need to happen in the town centre, and residents’ views are extremely important in this process.  We want to start a conversation to help us better understand residents’ expectations and how they would approach some of the challenges we face in redesigning Basildon town centre. Your views are crucial in helping us shape the Basildon town centre of the future.”

The early engagement consultation is available for residents to complete online at: www.basildon.gov.uk/town-centre-engagement, or via phone by calling our Customer Services team on 01268 533333.

Running for four weeks, it will close on July 7.

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