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Don’t make us let our school minibuses go!


12:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

A SCHOOL for disabled children may be forced to cancel pupils’ outings and educational visits – because it can’t afford to keep its minibuses on the road.

Basildon businesses boom but Southend firms are struggling


9:00am Thursday 20th November 2014

BUSINESSES in Basildon are booming while Southend companies are struggling to make a profit, according to latest research.

Dry Street protesters to take case to Europe?


1:00pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

DETERMINED campaigners could take their battle against hundreds of homes being built on a beauty spot to Europe – after a judge threw out their request for a formal appeal.

Why we need cash to help our Riley hear


7:00am Friday 14th November 2014

A FAMILY needs to find £3,000 a year to buy specialist hearing aids for their brain-damaged son.

Battle to stop cars using pathway won


7:00am Thursday 13th November 2014

RESIDENTS are celebrating after winning their year-long battle to stop cars driving up and down a footpath.

In Pictures: Remembrance Sunday events across south Essex


6:05pm Monday 10th November 2014

CROWDS lined the streets of south Essex to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Homes site work is flooding road


2:00pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

BUILDERS working on new homes in Wickford have been pumping gallons of muddy water off their site, flooding the road under a nearby railway bridge.

Brace yourselves for icy gales and snow


8:00am Friday 7th November 2014

EXTRA staff and thousands of tonnes of grit are on standby as South Essex prepares for its coldest winter in years.

Fears over Boris’s new housing plan


11:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

LONDONERS will be forced out of the capital, putting added strain on south Essex as part of Boris Johnson’s housing plans, councils fear.

John brushes up his art for hospice cash


10:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

A TALENTED artist who turned to drawing after being diagnosed with cancer has seen his work displayed in buildings across Basildon.

Black teacher wins discrimination tribunal against academy


12:10pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

A SCHOOL racially discriminated against a maths teacher with more than ten years experience by refusing to consider her for a job.

Council could step in to save derelict cottage


4:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

A LANDMARK building left open to the elements could be saved after Basildon Council vowed to take matters into its own hands.

Owners are applying to demolish Old Rectory


3:00pm Monday 3rd November 2014

A FORMER village rectory could be knocked down after plans to transform it into an entertainment venue were refused.

No nonsense head turns around the fortunes at ailing school


2:00pm Monday 3rd November 2014

EVERY week, headteacher Jason Carey answers phone calls from parents wanting to sign up their children to his flourishing school.

Benefit cheat handed curfew after swindling £30,000

Echo: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

10:17am Friday 24th October 2014

A FRAUDSTER admitted swindling nearly £30,000 of benefits.

Ford Dunton’s future is sealed by £190m boost

Echo: Ford's Dunton plant

2:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE future of Ford Dunton has been secured after £190million of further investment was announced.

Joy as Poundland moves into Pitsea

Echo: The new Poundland store has opened in Urmston, creating 18 new jobs in the area.

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW discount store is to open its doors in Pitsea.

Crime spree boosts campaign to switch on streetlights again


12:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PETITION calling for the streetlights to be turned back on received more than 160 new signatures in just one night after a crime spree.

Fancy! 30 extra staff to cope with frighteningly successful Halloween


6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FANCY dress business has taken on almost 30 extra workers to cope with demand for ghoulish Halloween costumes.

Big fashion brands under one roof off the A127


8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ONE-STOP fashion shop is set to bring big name brands to a Basildon retail park with a new store boasting Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis under one roof.

Councillor quits Labour party

Echo: Daniel Munyambu wants to be Kenyan president

5:49pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A COUNCILLOR has quit the Labour party to join an alliance with two former members.

Canny business pair in line for top awards


3:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

TWO south Essex businesswomen have been shortlisted for a national wedding award.

Local firms help Echo winner furnish her home


3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A HOME makeover is taking shape thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

We’re all so proud of our Reece


10:50am Saturday 18th October 2014

AN “inspirational” and “courageous” young man has lost his battle against two aggressive brain tumours.

Raiders stole our lifeline car during break-in rampage

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

6:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN ELDERLY couple have been left without their “lifeline’’ after a series of car crimes while streetlights were out.

Hospital boss to head safety drive

Echo: Basildon Hospital's chief executive Clare Panniker

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

BASILDON Hospital’s chief executive has been chosen to head a Government safety drive.

Our family home has sewage seeping in


7:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

FAMILY has been forced to seal their doors and walls with tape, curtains and wallpaper to stop raw sewage seeping into their house from their flooded garage.

DIY SOS team transforms sick Brandon’s home


6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE family of a boy with severe epilepsy have told how their lives changed overnight after a crack team of DIY experts transformed their home.

Colourful new market to bring crowds to Wickford

Echo: Wickford Market

12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WICKFORD’S new market will officially open for business this weekend.

Celebrity chef’s 5-star menu for hungry tots


7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

A NURSERY has teamed up with a celebrity chef to create a five-star menu for tots.

30 jobs created at discount pet store


8:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

THIRTY jobs have been created as a new discount pet store prepares to open its doors.

Extra help for needy patients


9:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

HEALTH workers have launched a training video to help patients who have learning disabilities.

Residents’ £200 gift to hospital baby unit


11:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

SERIOUSLY-ILL babies are set to benefit from vital newequipment thanks to a generous donation of more than £200 from a residents’ association.

Mobility scooter is stuck in floodwater


6:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

A MOBILITY scooter rider had to be rescued by firefighters...after they got stuck in a flooded underpass.

Ex-minister challenges court costs after lying about speeding

Echo: Former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne.

11:00am Friday 10th October 2014

SHAMED former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne is to appeal against court costs he was ordered to pay after lying about speeding on the M11 in Essex.

Day hospice helps patients develop skills and learn to make the most of their lives


4:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

A NEW day hospice is helping patients with terminal illnesses make friends, grow in confidence, learn new skills and make the most of their lives.

Paul’s meals on wheels


9:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A BUSINESSMAN has teamed up with a charity to help tackle food poverty.

Mr Bean dream trip comes true for Ned


6:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A YOUNGSTER who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy at the age of just six was whisked off to Cannes to see his dream become a reality.

Revamp will mean Vange Post Office is open for more hours

Echo: Sunday opening hours piloted at Darlington Post Office delivery office

11:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

CUSTOMERS are set to benefit from a raft of changes after a major Post Office revamp.

No new school plan as Wickford set to grow


6:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

UP to 1,200 new pupils could be squeezed into two bursting schools as Wickford prepares for a surge of new homes.

Market starts move to revamped base


6:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

TRADERS are celebrating after the first phase of the new Wickford Market opened for business.

£7k Dry Street fight fund raised in week


6:30pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

DETERMINED residents raised £7,000 in just one week to continue their 18-year battle to stop hundreds of homes and save a treasured beauty spot.

Gee-whizz! The head working wonders to lift school number 2


1:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

DANIEL Gee certainly appears to relish a challenge.

Funeral flutter for betting grandad brings in £5,000


8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

A BELOVED grandad left more than just memories when his family had an unexpected £5,000 windfall on the day of his funeral.

Grace had surgery at two days she is flourishing at school


9:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

A YOUNG girl who fought to stay alive when she was first born has started her second year at school.

Pub’s go-ahead to build on green belt


7:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A PUB has won its four-year battle to expand on green belt land.

Troubled school is thrown into chaos after its head quits


9:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TROUBLED primary school has been thrown into chaos after its headteacher resigned.

Call for action over cooking oil polluters


7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

RESTAURANT owners who pollute the River Crouch in Wickford by illegally disposing of cooking oil should be prosecuted, a councillor has urged.

New centre to lead war on hate crimes


4:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

VICTIMS of hate crime who are too scared to turn to police can now report attacks to staff at Basildon Council’s headquarters.

New team to look into Laindon Centre

Echo: Laindon shopping centre could be put up for sale

11:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

A TRIO of Basildon councillors has been asked to look at ways to revamp the rundown Laindon Centre and help its struggling businesses.


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