The 2023 Local Election Campaign is underway
Conservatives are fighting to keep control of Basildon Borough Council
Local Elections are taking place across the country and, here in Basildon, local Conservatives are fighting to keep control of Basildon Borough Council. There will be votes taking place in 14 of the 16 wards across Basildon Borough on Thursday, May 4th. There are no elections this year in the Crouch and Langdon Hills wards. There is also an Essex County Council by-election taking place in the Laindon Park & Fryerns Division, owing to the resignation of the sitting Labour county councillor.
Basildon Conservatives have been back in charge of Basildon Council since 2021. The previous alliance of Labour and Independents were a disaster for every part of the Borough and as their conduct in recent council meetings has shown, they have no plan for the Borough, no idea how to balance the books, no scheme for sensible regeneration of our town centres, no interest in investing fairly across the towns. All Labour and Independents are interested in is tower block developments, bringing back the withdrawn Local Plan and building all over our Green Belt and supporting Sadiq Khan's expansion of his money-making, motorist-attacking, business-busting ULEZ scheme.
If Basildon Conservatives retain control of Basildon Council, we will:
- Balance the Budget - We will maintain the Council's finances to keep the Council Tax low and deliver good value for money on vital local services.
- Stand up for Law & Order - We will continue to invest in our Community Safety Wardens, while working closely with Essex Police to implement the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) we have already secured.
- Invest in Communities - We will continue our unprecedented £40 million Safe & Sound programme of estate improvements to ensure that there are no forgotten estates in Basildon. We will also continue our extensive programme of investments in leisure facilities, play areas, community halls and town centre public realm improvements in every part of the Borough.
- Regenerate Basildon Town Centre - We will create a strong and vibrant town centre in Basildon, having already secured £4.5 million to deliver a groundbreaking new digital hub and £10 million in new food and drink outlets, public realm works and regeneration.
- Deliver a Local Plan that works - We voted to withdraw the flawed Local Plan because we want to protect more of the Green Belt, push back against housing numbers that we believe are grossly excessive and ensure that we get the infrastructure first. Labour and Independents have been clear - they would bring back the withdrawn Local Plan and progress their tower block designs and build over the Green Belt. We have already started the process of working closely with local residents to ensure we deliver a new Local Plan that meets the needs and aspirations of people in this Borough.
- Fix the Roads - Everyone knows that the current state of our roads is not right and Basildon Conservatives will continue to demand more money from Essex County Council and Central Government to fix potholes and repair pavements across the Borough.
- Oppose Labour's ULEZ expansion - Sadiq Khan's so-called Ultra Low Emission Zones are less about improving air quality than they are about raising revenue to bail out Khan's bankrupted TfL by charging hard-working motorists £12.50 every time they drive into Greater London. This could have a massive detrimental effect on local residents and businesses right here in Basildon, who have to travel within the ULEZ zone for business or family commitments. Conservatives across Essex remain resolutely opposed to this tax on motorists.
On May 4th, use your vote to help deliver an even better Basildon. Vote Conservative.
We are pleased to announce our full slate of local candidates (*sitting cllr seeking re-election):
Billericay East - David Dadds*
Billericay West - Danny Lawrence*
Burstead - Kevin Blake*
Crouch - no elections
Fryerns - Sandeep Sandhu
Laindon Park - Chris Allen
Langdon Hills - no elections
Lee Chapel North - Martyn Mordecai
Nethermayne - Stanley Edemakhiota
Pitsea North West - Mark Cottrell
Pitsea South East - Craig Rimmer*
St Martin's - Deepak Shukla
Vange - Lewis Smith
Wickford Castledon - Don Morris*
Wickford North - Mike Metcalfe
Wickford Park - Yvonne Child
Laindon Park & Fryerns (county division) - Terri Sargent