Basildon

Labour slams Tories Latest Travellers Plan

On Wednesday evening the Conservative Party released details of their new policy for gypsy and traveller pitches in the local plan. Deputy Council Leader Kevin Blake proposed the policy which will see all illegal pitches, wherever they are in the borough, legalised subject to meeting a loose criteria which has yet to be drafted. It means the plans which included specific sites that could be managed and allow for collection of council tax, will be scrapped. Instead there will be a free for all across the whole borough. (more…)

By Basildon Labour Party, ago
Basildon

Labour forced to place Councillors on unnecessary Scrutiny Committees

The Basildon Council Labour Group has been forced to place councillors on the Conservative Administration’s two new Scrutiny Committees.  The Committee System of governance that Basildon Borough Council operates under gives all councillors a say in how the council is run and allows opposition councillors the opportunity to scrutinise all decisions made at each meeting as they happen.  Under the previous cabinet system many decisions were made by a handful of councillors and the only way to challenge them by opposition councillors was to refer them to a scrutiny committee. (more…)

Basildon

Labours call for more action on Fly Tipping voted down by Basildon Conservatives

Labours attempt to increase the war on Fly Tipping in the Basildon Borough has been voted down by the Basildon Conservatives.  Labours Deputy Leader in Basildon and Spokesperson for Corporate Resources, Cllr David Burton-Sampson, tabled an amendment to a recommendation to increase resource in this area at a recent meeting of the councils Corporate Resources Committee.photo of labour party (more…)

By agordon92, ago
Basildon

Budget Process and Financial Forecast Report implies Conservative Council Tax Rise

Concern has been raised that the Basildon Conservatives are about to break a key election promise and raise Council Tax for the next 10 years.  A report presented to the councils Corporate Resources committee which set out the financial forecast and the budget setting process outlined an assumption that Council Tax will increase by 2.99% for 2019/20 and 1.99% per annum thereafter.  Introducing the agenda item, the Chair, Cllr Stuart Sullivan said of the assumptions “I consider these assumptions to be prudent.”  This is despite the Conservatives making claims in their recent literature during the May Borough Council Elections that they would not have raised council tax and will keep tax low. (more…)

By agordon92, ago