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.

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Housing

Remember Social Housing?

On 14th August the government green paper on social housing was released for consultation. Yet despite ongoing appeals from local government across the political spectrum it fails to make progress on the need to deliver affordable houses and in particular social housing. Figures show that since 2007/08, the number of homes let for social rent has fallen from 366,820 to 334,602.

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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.

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