Police called out as Billericay council meeting descends into chaos

Basildon Recorder: Police outside Billericay Day Centre Police outside Billericay Day Centre

A PARISH council meeting descended into chaos as police were called when hundreds of people swarmed on a centre.

Billericay Town Council had to cancel its full council meeting earlier tonight after 280 people flocked to Billericay Day Centre.

They swarmed the Chantry Way building in protest of Basildon Council's proposals to build 2,300 homes on the town's green belt.

But as the building only has capacity for 125 people, and 110 residents waiting outside also wanted to hear the meeting, chairman John Buchanan felt he had no option but to cancel the meeting and call the police to clear the building.

Read more in Monday's Echo.

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9:09pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery.
They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery. ThisYear
  • Score: 27

9:10pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mattster says...

Great stuff direct action, they don't like it up em!
Great stuff direct action, they don't like it up em! Mattster
  • Score: 33

9:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Democrat says...

Ahh! Democracy in action in Essex.
Ahh! Democracy in action in Essex. Democrat
  • Score: 30

9:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think! Devils Advocate
  • Score: -19

7:45am Fri 7 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Suck it up Billericay.

Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too.

If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections......
Suck it up Billericay. Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too. If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -2

8:43am Fri 7 Mar 14

kyprman says...

Well done Echo. Why were 280 electors, wishing to attend a meeting at a venue clearly inadequate to meet demand, referred to as a "swarm"? They were just exercising their right, in a democracy, to be present at an open meeting. Or would the Echo rather see heads being cracked?
Well done Echo. Why were 280 electors, wishing to attend a meeting at a venue clearly inadequate to meet demand, referred to as a "swarm"? They were just exercising their right, in a democracy, to be present at an open meeting. Or would the Echo rather see heads being cracked? kyprman
  • Score: 25

9:47am Fri 7 Mar 14

fedupwithalltheusernamesbeingused says...

we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.
we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u. fedupwithalltheusernamesbeingused
  • Score: 19

11:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

Colin69 says...

I attended this meeting last night and as usual the council was unprepared. The issue here is that Billericay, Wickford and Cray Hills were created as villages and are already at capactiy and cannot sustain further growth. To do so, you would need new schools, doctor surgeries, trains and the suitable infastructure like improved roads. There is not the romm or planning for this. Basildon was created as a town and has the approapriate infastructure but is crying our for re development and improvement not new development. Look at Havering and how Romford has out grown. I do not want our local area to be urbanised. Green belt is also the cheapest option to develop. If you look at the old ford site in Dagenham this could sustain an entire new town the size of Basildon but would cost too much for any developer to take on. We need to be strong on this. Growth cannot always be sustained despite what the central governement policy states and we should all stand together as a borough and protect our homes and insist on improvement before further develpment.
I attended this meeting last night and as usual the council was unprepared. The issue here is that Billericay, Wickford and Cray Hills were created as villages and are already at capactiy and cannot sustain further growth. To do so, you would need new schools, doctor surgeries, trains and the suitable infastructure like improved roads. There is not the romm or planning for this. Basildon was created as a town and has the approapriate infastructure but is crying our for re development and improvement not new development. Look at Havering and how Romford has out grown. I do not want our local area to be urbanised. Green belt is also the cheapest option to develop. If you look at the old ford site in Dagenham this could sustain an entire new town the size of Basildon but would cost too much for any developer to take on. We need to be strong on this. Growth cannot always be sustained despite what the central governement policy states and we should all stand together as a borough and protect our homes and insist on improvement before further develpment. Colin69
  • Score: 23

11:45am Fri 7 Mar 14

Colin69 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Suck it up Billericay.

Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too.

If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections......
It's not a Billericay versus Basildon issue. We are all opposed to growth as we are at saturation. We need redevelopment before new development. Look at the Basildon shopping centre! It is crumbling but let's ignore that and build over the green belt.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Suck it up Billericay. Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too. If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections......[/p][/quote]It's not a Billericay versus Basildon issue. We are all opposed to growth as we are at saturation. We need redevelopment before new development. Look at the Basildon shopping centre! It is crumbling but let's ignore that and build over the green belt. Colin69
  • Score: 22

1:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery.
...and you could?

Tell us all, exactly what IS it you do for the benefit of the community.

Just curious.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery.[/p][/quote]...and you could? Tell us all, exactly what IS it you do for the benefit of the community. Just curious. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -7

1:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs.

However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon.

Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending.

I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites.

I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects.

People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story.

Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think![/p][/quote]I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs. However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon. Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending. I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites. I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects. People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story. Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D Kim Gandy
  • Score: -21

1:24pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

fedupwithalltheusern
amesbeingused
wrote:
we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.
I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high.

Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot.

If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice.

I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithalltheusern amesbeingused[/bold] wrote: we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.[/p][/quote]I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high. Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot. If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice. I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Matt - Kent says...

Green belt land is there for a reason - shouldn't be built on full stop (and no I do not live in Billericay)
Green belt land is there for a reason - shouldn't be built on full stop (and no I do not live in Billericay) Matt - Kent
  • Score: 20

2:29pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
fedupwithalltheusern

amesbeingused
wrote:
we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.
I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high.

Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot.

If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice.

I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin.
Mind you dont vote usik their flag is Right there
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwithalltheusern amesbeingused[/bold] wrote: we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.[/p][/quote]I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high. Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot. If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice. I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin.[/p][/quote]Mind you dont vote usik their flag is Right there carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery.
...and you could?

Tell us all, exactly what IS it you do for the benefit of the community.

Just curious.
You know what they say about curiosity?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: They couldn't organise a ---- up in a brewery.[/p][/quote]...and you could? Tell us all, exactly what IS it you do for the benefit of the community. Just curious.[/p][/quote]You know what they say about curiosity? ThisYear
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs.

However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon.

Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending.

I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites.

I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects.

People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story.

Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D
**Whilst a town councillor there**

Wasnt you a non-political councillor Kim?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think![/p][/quote]I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs. However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon. Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending. I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites. I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects. People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story. Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D[/p][/quote]**Whilst a town councillor there** Wasnt you a non-political councillor Kim? ThisYear
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
fedupwithalltheusern

amesbeingused
wrote:
we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.
I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high.

Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot.

If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice.

I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin.
Kim the psychic?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwithalltheusern amesbeingused[/bold] wrote: we have protested,been to numerous meetings in basildon. and what happens NOTHING,the council just carry on doing what the hell they want. 1 way i imagine is to NOT VOTE TORY!!! dont give them anymore time in office. so vote for someone else. who i dont know. your choice. but dont vote these greedy ******* in anymore. no greenspace is safe any more. every bit of green space is going to have a house or a block of flats on it. the hospital is full to capacity. i was there yesterday and there was 6 ambulances parked up. more waiting to unload. whats it going to be in 10 years time?? heart attack happening. ring this number and make an appointment and we will get back to u.[/p][/quote]I'm no fan of the Tories but vote Labour in and the union jack will be removed, St George cross will be binned and the rainbow and sphincter of stars (EU flag) will be flown high. Then there will be unlimited spending, consultants galore, quangoes and Guardian adverts full of made up jobs with daft and unnecessary titles. Minorities will be catered for and the majority will be left to rot. If you have ever been to a Basildon Council meeting you'd see just what you'd get if you voted Labour. And it ain't nice. I'd go independent or UKIP. Not a big fan of them either but at least the local Kippers are quite good and do what it says on the tin.[/p][/quote]Kim the psychic? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Orange_Em says...

People were protesting against building on green belt land - no-one I've spoken to suggests this is a Basildon vs Billericay issue - it is not, it is a green belt and resources issue. The only NIMBY's here appear to be from Basildon and obviously don't understand that united there is a better chance of stopping the council developing an option contrary to the planning guidelines instead of bothering to find better solutions.

Those living in Billericay use many of the same stretched local resources such as the congested roads/parking areas and Basildon hospital so no, it is not about just building in Basildon instead. Stop acting as if people living in Billericay are the problem here, we should be working together to force a review.

However I am loving the drama created by this article, if only it had been that exciting, in reality the 'swarm' was a queue of people trying to attend a meeting in a small venue. 'Chaos'? hmm... possibly the confusion about cancelling the meeting - people couldn't hear as the organisers hadn't organised a microphone (voices were raised).

The police were indeed called (the announcement of which raised laughter and a round of applause), and when the lone Community Support Officer arrived she bravely entered the 'chaos' of the 'swarm' without a moment's thought for her own safety...
People were protesting against building on green belt land - no-one I've spoken to suggests this is a Basildon vs Billericay issue - it is not, it is a green belt and resources issue. The only NIMBY's here appear to be from Basildon and obviously don't understand that united there is a better chance of stopping the council developing an option contrary to the planning guidelines instead of bothering to find better solutions. Those living in Billericay use many of the same stretched local resources such as the congested roads/parking areas and Basildon hospital so no, it is not about just building in Basildon instead. Stop acting as if people living in Billericay are the problem here, we should be working together to force a review. However I am loving the drama created by this article, if only it had been that exciting, in reality the 'swarm' was a queue of people trying to attend a meeting in a small venue. 'Chaos'? hmm... possibly the confusion about cancelling the meeting - people couldn't hear as the organisers hadn't organised a microphone (voices were raised). The police were indeed called (the announcement of which raised laughter and a round of applause), and when the lone Community Support Officer arrived she bravely entered the 'chaos' of the 'swarm' without a moment's thought for her own safety... Orange_Em
  • Score: 15

11:33am Sat 8 Mar 14

RogerGW says...

It is complete madness, we simply can't keep building on Greenbelt, The country needs to have green open spaces for wildlife and humans. What if there was a problem with food imports? covering the country in bricks, concrete and tarmac will be disaster as there would be little space to grow anything, where would this end? I'm sorry but Essex is full unless you can find some brown field sites. I would also watch out for the old trick - put in for permission for 2300 homes - everyone complains so the build 1000 and the masses think they have won.
It is complete madness, we simply can't keep building on Greenbelt, The country needs to have green open spaces for wildlife and humans. What if there was a problem with food imports? covering the country in bricks, concrete and tarmac will be disaster as there would be little space to grow anything, where would this end? I'm sorry but Essex is full unless you can find some brown field sites. I would also watch out for the old trick - put in for permission for 2300 homes - everyone complains so the build 1000 and the masses think they have won. RogerGW
  • Score: 4

11:46am Sat 8 Mar 14

RogerGW says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs.

However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon.

Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending.

I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites.

I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects.

People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story.

Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D
**Whilst a town councillor there**

Wasnt you a non-political councillor Kim?
This isn't a Basildon v Billericay issue, it's a stop building on every bit of green space. be it in Basildon, Billericay, Stock, Wickford or wherever.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think![/p][/quote]I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs. However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon. Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending. I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites. I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects. People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story. Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D[/p][/quote]**Whilst a town councillor there** Wasnt you a non-political councillor Kim?[/p][/quote]This isn't a Basildon v Billericay issue, it's a stop building on every bit of green space. be it in Basildon, Billericay, Stock, Wickford or wherever. RogerGW
  • Score: 6

11:49am Sat 8 Mar 14

RogerGW says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Suck it up Billericay.

Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too.

If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections......
It's not about Billericay v Basildon it's Billericay AND Basildon to my mind
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Suck it up Billericay. Basildon has been suffering this for a long time now. You have to take some too. If you don't like it vote for someone other than Tony Ball in the next locsl elections......[/p][/quote]It's not about Billericay v Basildon it's Billericay AND Basildon to my mind RogerGW
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Sat 8 Mar 14

exBillericayDicky says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs.

However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon.

Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending.

I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites.

I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects.

People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story.

Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D
Am interested, when you were on the Billericay Town Council, What did You do? Did you live in Billericay?

As for your Basildon/Billericay bias, when I lived there (for 30 years up to 3 years ago) Billericay taxpayers certainly paid enough to Basildon and did not see much coming back.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think![/p][/quote]I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs. However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon. Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending. I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites. I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects. People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story. Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D[/p][/quote]Am interested, when you were on the Billericay Town Council, What did You do? Did you live in Billericay? As for your Basildon/Billericay bias, when I lived there (for 30 years up to 3 years ago) Billericay taxpayers certainly paid enough to Basildon and did not see much coming back. exBillericayDicky
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

exBillericayDicky wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!"
That's the way they usually think!
I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs.

However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon.

Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending.

I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites.

I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects.

People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story.

Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D
Am interested, when you were on the Billericay Town Council, What did You do? Did you live in Billericay?

As for your Basildon/Billericay bias, when I lived there (for 30 years up to 3 years ago) Billericay taxpayers certainly paid enough to Basildon and did not see much coming back.
Dont expect an answer! She will flee the thread now.
[quote][p][bold]exBillericayDicky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: One wonders how many of these protestors think "Build them in Basildon. This will ruin our beautiful town!" That's the way they usually think![/p][/quote]I have to say I agree. Whilst a town councillor there, I regularly encountered the Billericay NIMBY contingent. It's OK to stick things in the middle of Basildon and having been round Basildon extensively, there are lots of parts of it that need sprucing up. Broken pavements, potholes, cracking windows and doors on some of the council properties. Some of the things I've seen have been quite dangerous like wires hanging out of electricity boxes, doors hanging off, broken gates and paving slabs. However, Billericay, which is part of the same borough, is kept looking neat and tidy and there are no badly run down areas like there are in Basildon. Billericay gets more than its fair share of spending. I suggest, Devils Advocate, that the down arrows you got for this comment came mainly from Billericayites. I wonder how many contributors on these pages have been involved in the community in any way or if, like some, they rarely venture beyond their computer screen because some of the comments I read show clear ignorance of things like council meetings, procedures, voting and other subjects. People take everything they read online or in a newspaper as the truth - and there is never another side to the story. Down arrow away! I always know when I've struck a chord! ;D[/p][/quote]Am interested, when you were on the Billericay Town Council, What did You do? Did you live in Billericay? As for your Basildon/Billericay bias, when I lived there (for 30 years up to 3 years ago) Billericay taxpayers certainly paid enough to Basildon and did not see much coming back.[/p][/quote]Dont expect an answer! She will flee the thread now. ThisYear
  • Score: 3

11:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Seasider90 says...

Rayleigh having the same problem. Build on every green space available. Why? Not for our people. This island is the most overcrowded in Europe and we have no restrictions on people coming here so all available land must be built on to house those from the EU. I honestly fail to see how blinkered people are. Essex will be one big concrete slab. YOU voted in the politicians of all the main parties to pander to Europe and be controlled by the EU. Now its in your backyard you're seeing at first hand how your green spaces will disappear. I promise you one thing - it will get a lot worse unless everyone gets together and fights the local councils and every development. Direct action - block the council offices with people and the roads with cars, hassle the politicians at every opportunity, at their golf clubs, at their meetings, anywhere and everywhere. Future generations will thank you for it.
Rayleigh having the same problem. Build on every green space available. Why? Not for our people. This island is the most overcrowded in Europe and we have no restrictions on people coming here so all available land must be built on to house those from the EU. I honestly fail to see how blinkered people are. Essex will be one big concrete slab. YOU voted in the politicians of all the main parties to pander to Europe and be controlled by the EU. Now its in your backyard you're seeing at first hand how your green spaces will disappear. I promise you one thing - it will get a lot worse unless everyone gets together and fights the local councils and every development. Direct action - block the council offices with people and the roads with cars, hassle the politicians at every opportunity, at their golf clubs, at their meetings, anywhere and everywhere. Future generations will thank you for it. Seasider90
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Sun 9 Mar 14

No1 Shoplifter says...

Well done protesters! Fu5k the council!
Well done protesters! Fu5k the council! No1 Shoplifter
  • Score: 2

10:33am Wed 12 Mar 14

Alekhine says...

I suspect the council will pass the ball to Westminster for a decision. Always a good idea to avoid taking any blame.
I suspect the council will pass the ball to Westminster for a decision. Always a good idea to avoid taking any blame. Alekhine
  • Score: 0

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