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Car park’s homes are rejected again


5:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

PLANS to build houses on the site of a former pub car park have been thrown out for a second time.

Free test for your heart in Billericay


8:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

A YOUNG man whose heart stopped for 25 minutes has raised £8,500 to host an ECG screening clinic.

Daredevil gran Esther is flying high


2:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

A BRAVE grandmother is set to fly through the air strapped to the top of an aeroplane to raise cash for a carers charity.

Councillor defends throwing out surgery application


11:00am Friday 17th April 2015

A COUNCILLOR has hit back after plans to build a new £2million doctor’s surgery in Wickford were thrown out.

Road is ‘accident waiting to happen’


6:00am Friday 17th April 2015

CALLS have been made for a dangerous road to be repaired before someone is seriously hurt in a crash.

VIDEO: Labour leader Ed is down with the kids, say weight-loss twins


6:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

IDENTICAL twins who became internet sensations after shedding 19 stone between them are helping youngsters get interested in politics.

Wickford school in mourning as Tommy dies aged 15


8:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

A SCHOOL and community have been left in shock after a schoolboy died suddenly during the Easter holidays.

Found - the man who saved Hollie


8:46am Monday 13th April 2015

A SOLDIER who brought a teenage girl back from the dead has spoken of the moment he rushed to her rescue.

Pothole-ridden road is fixed by residents


6:00am Friday 10th April 2015

FED-UP neighbours showed some real community spirit by getting together and repairing a pothole-ridden road.

Castle Point Hustings: What did your candidates say?


8:30am Friday 10th April 2015

VOTERS grilled parliamentary candidates on flooding, a third road off Canvey, and cuts to emergency services during the second in a series of Echo-organised hustings.

WI groups gather to celebrate centenary


4:00pm Thursday 9th April 2015

MORE than 180 Women’s Institute members packed a community centre to celebrate 100 years since the launch of the organisation.

Dog found collapsed and starved in Canvey alleyway


1:07pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found starved and collapsed in a Canvey alleyway.

First riders get to hit the Olympic bike track


6:00am Wednesday 8th April 2015

MOUNTAIN bike enthusiasts got to experience Hadleigh's new cycle course weeks before the attraction opens to the public.

Still time to sign up to Race for Life

Echo: Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, Salisbury

4:00pm Tuesday 7th April 2015

WOMEN are being urged to make the most of the lighter evenings by training for this year's Race for Life.

Praise for exceptional Basildon Hospital workers


4:58pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

A HOSPITAL department has been praised for its "exceptional service."

Honours shared at Mayor’s Awards


1:00pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

EXCEPTIONAL businesses have been honoured for their success during this year’s Castle Point Mayor’s Awards.

Builders launch new green belt challenge

Echo: Castle Point Council has not ruled out building on Glebelands in Benfleet

5:00pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

DETERMINED developers have hit backwith a fresh planning appeal as they battle to build a major housing estate in Benfleet.

Yellow lines bid to reduce accidents


7:30am Thursday 2nd April 2015

PARKING restrictions could be brought in to ease congestion on a Basildon trading estate.

Landmark cottage protected by council


6:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

SCAFFOLDING has been put up around a historical landmark to protect it from the elements.

Adults only – children banned from Basildon art show


5:00pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

NEW art exhibition featuring female nudity has been been given an adults-only rating by the gallery.

Praise for Basildon Hospital from commission

Echo: Basildon Hospital

6:00pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

BASILDON Hospital has been praised for its “outstanding care and treatment” in a new report by the Care Quality Commission.

VIDEO: Biker filmed by Essex Police doing 148mph


5:17pm Monday 30th March 2015

A MOTORCYCLIST was filmed riding at 148mph on a busy motorway while carrying a passenger on the back of his bike.

Jed, 19, plays part in £1.8m rebuild of fire-hit shops


7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

AN apprentice is helping developers with work to rebuild a parade of shops destroyed in a fire.

Campaigners’ delight at school speed limit cash


6:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

SPEED limits are set to be slashed to just 20mph outside schools in the borough after £50,000 of vital funding was agreed.

School children are first to brave new reptile house


6:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

A HUGE reptile house featuring snakes, lizards, and tortoises has opened its doors to the public.

Police release CCTV of suspected pushchair thief


2:56pm Friday 27th March 2015

POLICE have released a CCTV image of a woman accused of strealing a pushchair.

Police release CCTV of cosmetic thieves


2:51pm Friday 27th March 2015

POLICE are asking for help to identify a man and woman accused of stealing £130 worth of cosmetics.

Eastgate cinema plan is approved


10:10am Friday 27th March 2015

RESIDENTS will soon be able to visit a town centre cinema for the first time in a decade after councillors gave the green light to ambitious revamp plans.

From the Echo archive: 12 pictures of Southend's Kursaal in it's heyday


7:30am Monday 30th March 2015

THESE historical images from the Echo archives show Southend’s Kursaal amusement park in its heyday.

Basildon Council invests £85,000 into improving communities


4:11pm Thursday 26th March 2015

ELEVEN bus shelters, 50 litter bins and 20 new dog waste bins have been installed across Basildon thanks to more than £85,000 worth of investment.

Plea for cash to help tiny, sick foal


11:00am Thursday 26th March 2015

A NEW-BORN pony whose mother died hours after giving birth is now fighting for his own life.

Come and hear the candidates: Echo calls hustings meetings across south Essex


10:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

READERS are being given the chance to put their local candidates on the spot at a series of Echo-organised hustings events.

Basildon Council to share services with Brentwood


9:05am Wednesday 25th March 2015

BASILDON Council has announced it will share services with Brentwood Council to improve efficiency and provide better value for money for tax payers.

£8k hospital pay out

Echo: Basildon Hospital

8:00pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A WOMAN has been handed £8,000 compensation after doctors failed to send her for a scan which would have given her an early cancer diagnosis.

DIY Dave’s ready to knock it on the head


12:00pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A DIY expert is looking forward to retirement after more than 46 years working for the same local firm.

We need streetlights to help fight crime

Echo: Canvey east county councillor Dave Blackwell has slammed County Hall

7:00am Tuesday 24th March 2015

COUNCILLORS are fighting for streetlights across Castle Point to be turned back on to help police tackle crime.

Crayland residents to take legal action


5:00pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

RESIDENTS have threatened to take legal action against developers behind a major regeneration for making their lives a “nightmare.”

Staff member threatened with knife in betting shop robbery

Echo: POLICE: Charges in Operation Sanctuary

12:55pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A BETTING shop worker was threatened with a knife during a terrifying armed robbery.

Man shot in Basildon underpass

Echo: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

12:41pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A MAN is being treated for chest injuries after being attacked at gunpoint.

Man charged with string of driving offences following police chase

Echo: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

12:19pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A DRIVER will appear in court accused of failing to stop for police.

Updated: Two men bailed after football fan left with serious head injuries following mass brawl


9:12am Sunday 22nd March 2015

THREE football fans have been arrested after a mass brawl left a man with serious head injuries.

Special school head Judith’s Palace date


2:00pm Saturday 21st March 2015

A DEDICATED headteacher has been honoured by the Queen for her work to help youngsters with special needs.

Canvey’s 17th century Dutch cottage for sale


6:00am Friday 20th March 2015

WITH it’s unconventional octagonal shape and historical importance, Canvey’s lastremaining habitable Dutch cottage is expected to be snapped up quickly after being put up for sale.

Canvey boy is jumping for joy after landing dream job


4:00pm Thursday 19th March 2015

A BOY is jumping for joy after landing his dream job – director of bed-bounce at a new Lego-themed hotel.

Curtain up on new Eastgate cinema


7:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

THE owners of Basildon’s Eastgate Centre have revised plans for a £20million cinema – just three weeks after councillors told them to go back to the drawing board.

It is too late for me... but I will not give up: Woman dying of cancer presents petition to Parliament to call for drug cash


11:42am Tuesday 17th March 2015

A WOMAN dying of cancer is pulling out all the stops to save others by presenting a petition of more than 14,000 names calling for the NHS to fund a wonder drug which would combat the disease.

From scrapheap to international final


1:30pm Monday 16th March 2015

A YOUNG photographer from Billericay is flying the flag for Britain in a prestigious competition.

Fears church roof is close to collapse


6:00am Friday 13th March 2015

FEARS have been raised a church roof is close to collapsing because it has fallen into such a state of disrepair.

Video: Money desperately needed to save Laindon church from collapse


6:00am Friday 13th March 2015

FEARS have been raised a church roof is close to collapsing because it has fallen into such a state of disrepair.

Our dream home move now on hold


7:00am Thursday 12th March 2015

A FAMILY-OF-FOUR have been unable to move into their dream home because of long delays on a major development.


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