Levelling up Basildon

Levelling up Basildon

Basildon will benefit from a range of community-focused schemes totalling over £600,000.

Basildon is a priority area in the County Council’s Levelling Up strategy, which focuses on supporting jobs, the environment, education, skills and healthy, active lifestyles.

There will be a major investment of £500,000 to support active, healthy and greener communities, co-funded by Essex County Council and Sport England and focusing on three new projects.

  • The development of three community hubs in Lee Chapel at Janet Duke School; in Laindon at Somercotes; and at Briscoe School in the Felmores Estate. A new youth worker will support the three hubs, and each will provide a wide range of physical activities and community sport.-
  • A new youth crime and violence reduction project that uses sport to educate and prevent young people from engaging in criminal activity and encouraging them to make positive choices in life.
  • A new Growing Together project for the estates of Basildon to enable local residents to improve the green spaces in their neighbourhoods. The project, led by Trust Links, will build on their new Growing Together hub in Vange. The scheme will develop the work of the Basildon 2050 project on Pocket Parks with Basildon becoming ECC’s first Pocket Park partner.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, ECC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance, said: “Levelling up Essex is about spreading opportunity so more people can succeed in life and fulfil their potential; regardless of where they live in the county.

“Basildon has been identified as one of our priority areas for our Levelling Up programme and that’s why we’re announcing six new projects and an investment of in excess of £600,000 to really make a difference to the communities of Basildon.

“Whilst we are confident the announcements made today will make a significant difference to residents of Basildon, we are very clear this is just the start. Further announcements will follow as we develop our Levelling Up programme with public and private sector partners.”

Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Andrew Baggott said: “We have committed £40million to the Safe and Sound estates programme. Everyone deserves to live in a place that is clean and tidy that makes them feel safe and proud of their home.

"For too long this has not been the case in some of the borough’s neighbourhoods, so when we came into administration, we promised residents we would address their concerns and that is what we plan to do through this vital programme of work. In addition to this, Basildon has been identified as one of Essex County Council’s six priority areas for investment through its Levelling Up programme, which as announced today will bring further funding to the borough. The importance of getting this right cannot be underestimated.”

Lifelong Learning is a key element of Levelling Up and Essex County Council has already been working in partnership with Basildon Council to strengthen partnerships between education and business.

There will also be targeted educational support for the most vulnerable schoolchildren in Lee Chapel, Laindon and Vange.

A strategy for lifelong learning will be published soon focusing on key skills needed for the future of the Essex economy and for our public services.

A new employers’ hub at South Essex College will focus on research to support specific growth sectors in Essex, including the Green Economy. Essex County Council is providing £50K investment which will be match funded by the government’s Strategic Development Fund.

The hub will enable local employers and training providers to come together to improve training provision to support local businesses and help local residents into employment.

Last updated 4 March 2022