Basildon Council may set up parish councils across the borough, to influence big decisions

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BASILDON Council is considering setting up smaller parish councils all over the borough, to ensure local views are represented on big issues

The authority has agreed to order a ‘community governance review of the whole borough’.

It will consult residents in areas with no parish council about whether they believe the creation of a parish council would be useful to them.

Labour council leader Gavin Callaghan said: “I believe firmly in communities being as involved as possible in decisions about their areas, and the devolution of services to the local level.

“The reviews being undertaken will help the council to understand how enhanced devolution of services to the local level might effectively work across the whole borough to understand the views of residents, particularly in those unparished areas.”

The idea was born out of a petition in Wickford for the creation of a town council.

Basildon Council has now authorised the creation of a Shadow Town Council in Wickford while the wider review of the borough is underway.

The borough-wide review will end with a large consultation and then publish its findings in one year’s time, in November 2020, the council said.

*Anybody interested in sitting on the Shadow Town Council in Wickford was asked to email [email protected].

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Charles Thomson

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