Boost for town centre revival plan

The leader of Basildon Council has called a 100m boost to its investment fund a "signal of intent" to private developers.

In August full council gave approval to the funding at an extraordinary council meeting to enable the commercial and strategic acquisition strategy to be more proactive and move faster on development opportunities.

The proposal was made in July by the Policy and Resources Committee, chaired by Basildon Council leader Gavin Callaghan, which agreed to increase the fund.

Callaghan said: "This is an incredibly exciting time for Basildon town centre. This council is committed to regeneration on a scale we haven't seen in Basildon for 70 years. We know that Basildon can be better, and we are taking proactive steps to help get the ball rolling on regeneration."

By making £100m available for investors, Callaghan said the council is signalling “it means business when it comes to regeneration…so we can get on with taking back control of sites in the town centre.

Callaghan added: "I'm more confident than I have ever been that Basildon town centre is set to change for the better. There is plenty of hard yards left to tread but this decision means that within the first three months of this administration we will have commissioned a new masterplan and invested significant money into the project to ensure that Basildon town centre regeneration finally gets going."

The committee also agreed to approve the appointment of an investment advisor to work alongside the commercial and strategic acquisition strategy.

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