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Bar sale bid raises town centre fears


6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A POPULAR nightspot is up for sale, sparking renewed fears for the future of Wickford High Street.

Booming Barleylands plans to supersize

Echo: Barleylands Farmers Market

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

BARLEYLANDS Farm wants to expand its craft village to create 15 new jobs.

Lights in Basildon underpass where woman was raped haven't been working for three months

Echo: webpix police arrest

5:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE lights in a dingy underpass where a young woman was raped are still broken.

Tories told to rethink East Square plans


1:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

UNIMPRESSED opposition councillors have told the Tories to go back to the drawing board with plans for a multi-million pound town centre makeover.

90 year-old shop in line for top award


4:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A FAMILY-RUN clothing store is in the running for a prestigious fashion prize.

Downsize sweetener turned sour


12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A FAMILY who were persuaded to move to a smaller council home by the promise of a £1,500 sweetener have now been told they were never entitled to any cash.

Extreme weather alert! TWO warnings issued


8:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TEMPERATURES are set to soar...before a huge storm batters south Essex.

Costa kills off beloved Wickford charity shop


6:03pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A CHARITY shop is being forced to close after 17 years – to make way for a coffee shop.

Friends and family rally to help Reece


6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE determined family of a man with two brain tumours are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help keep him alive.

Champ might give up if park closes


6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CHAMPION motocross rider could be forced to give up the sport if a controversial activity park closes.

Neighbours oppose school venue plan


8:00am Monday 14th July 2014

ANGRY neighbours are strongly opposed to a school’s plans to use its hall as an entertainment venue in the evenings.

School’s teamwork triathlon challenge


11:30am Friday 11th July 2014

DEDICATED teachers and pupils are cycling, running and swimming to help pay for a £200,000 state-of-the-art playground.

Field to forks with TV farmer


2:30pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A FAMOUS farmer spent the day at a top south Essex spot, promoting healthy eating to youngsters.

School’s teamwork triathlon challenge


8:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

DEDICATED teachers and pupils are cycling, running and swimming to help pay for a £200,000 state-of-the-art playground.

Battle over Action Park nearing end


9:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BATTLE lines will be drawn in the fight to keep a popular outdoor activity park open.

Callum inspires pals to support charity


6:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A SCHOOLBOY with a rare genetic condition has inspired his classmates to raise vital funds for a children’s hospital.

Come in, the water’s lovely –and it’s free!


8:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

MORE than 40,000 free swimming lessons are being offered to Basildon youngsters.

Head’s mission to get school back on track


6:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A HEADTEACHER is staying upbeat about the future of a troubled primary school.

I popped out for a pint of milk and won £100k!


6:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

AN UNEMPLOYED man is celebrating a £100,000 scratchcard win – after popping out for a pint of milk.

Patient pedal power


5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

NURSES and patients will cycle 52 miles to raise vital funds for heart charities.

Our Ryan’s a star


2:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

INSPIRATIONAL youngsters were honoured during an awards ceremony.

VIDEO & GALLERY 6,000 pink ladies unite for poignant cancer fight


6:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A SEA of pink transformed Basildon’s Gloucester Park as thousands of women took on this year’s Race for Life.

VIDEO & GALLERY Armed Forces Day: Celebrating those who fight for us


6:30am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CASTLE Point residents came out in force to celebrate the men and women who fight for our country.

Event ends course for football leaders

Echo: £128,000 boost for community hall revamp

2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A FOOTBALL tournament is due to be held this weekend to mark the end of a young people’s leadership course.

Benefit cheat swindled £13,000

Echo: Pair arrested for filming in Basildon Magistrates' Court

10:11am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A BENEFIT cheat has avoided a jail term after swindling nearly £13,000.

In pictures: Fabulous fun at Leigh Folk Festival


2:20pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE Leigh Folk Festival – the largest free event of its kind in the UK – proved to be bigger and better than ever.

Women make a splash for charity at Pretty Muddy Essex


6:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

MORE than 1,000 women got down and dirty to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Kerry is ready for her big race and new arrival

Echo: Special T-shirt – Kerry is taking part for a third time

1:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

A MUM-TO-BE is taking part in the Race for Life on Sunday for the third time as she looks forward to a new arrival.

Magic Garage Theatre magician to show his skills on TV

Echo: Magic Garage Theatre magician to show his skills on TV

10:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

A MAGICIAN who transformed his garage into a theatre has been hand-picked to show off his hobby on national television.

Morrisons is weighing up store in Benfleet

Echo: Morrisons is weighing up store in High Road

7:00am Friday 27th June 2014

A SHOPPING parade which has stood empty for seven years could be transformed into a supermarket.

Fanatics to drive up funds for top charity

Echo: Charity rally – MD of Toomey Motor Village, in Basildon, Barry Ives hands the car keys over to Tony Bloomfield, from St Luke’s Hospice

11:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

CAR fanatics will make their to Germany and back in an old banger, for a charity rally.

Right hand turn ban will leave us cut off

Echo: Opposition- Peter Hartgrove says the plan could cause problems

9:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

RESIDENTS fear they will be left “stranded” if County Hall goes ahead with plans to block off a well-used road.

Beware: Lungworm nearly killed my dog

Echo: Better now – Ribbons was infected by a lungworm, probably through eating slugs

7:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

A DOG was left fighting for her life after becoming infected with a deadly parasite.

Blood test centre plans for industrial estate in Basildon

Echo: Site – the new centre

6:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

A BLOOD testing centre is set to be created on a Basildon industrial estate to deal with samples from south Essex hospitals.

New leader committed to ploughing money into Laindon and Wickford regeneration

Echo: New leader committed to ploughing money into Laindon and Wickford regeneration

1:30pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE new leader of Basildon Council says he will make regenerating Wickford and Laindon top priority.

Conservatives deny coalition with Ukip in Basildon

Echo: Cabinet member – Ukip’s Mark Ellis

10:00am Tuesday 17th June 2014

THE Tories have been accused of forming a coalition with Ukip after giving the party two cabinet positions – and the deputy mayor’s post.

New plan to serve real ale until 10pm

Echo: Expansion plans – Trevor Jeffery

1:00pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

REAL ale and beer lovers could soon benefit from a unique night-time venture in Billericay.

From fireman to an EastEnder hardman

Echo: From fireman to an EastEnder hardman

6:00am Monday 16th June 2014

A FIREFIGHTER will be making an appearance in Albert Square after becoming the latest south Essex actor to bag a spot on hit soap Eastenders.

Turn on street lights for World Cup

Echo: Turn on street lights for World Cup

3:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

URGENT calls have been made for County Hall to turn the streetlights back on to keep football fans safe during the World Cup.

Former firefighters face series of abuse charges

Echo: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

7:00am Friday 13th June 2014

TWO former firefighters facing misconduct charges are accused of indecency, assault, battery and false imprisonment, it has been revealed.

Basildon Hospital is working hard to improve - boss

Echo: Chief executive Clare Panniker with guides which are being issued to staff

7:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

BASILDON Hospital chief executive, CLARE PANNIKER, reflects on two years of hard work to turn around its fortunes.

£200k of grants for community projects

Echo: Sue Adams – by one of the pathways that is going to be improved at the reserve

4:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

NEARLY £200,000 of funding has been ploughed into community projects across Basildon.

‘Aggressive’ mum is banned from school

Echo: Still excluded – Victoria Kidd-Dove is still not welcome at the school

7:30am Thursday 12th June 2014

A MUM has been banned from her childrens’ school amid claims she is “aggressive”

Anxious wait before the big market move

Echo: Retiring – Dennis Jones is shutting up shop

10:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014

TRADERS could be forced to shut up shop because there will be no room for them in the revamped Wickford Market.

How Ryan made the most of his slim chance...

Echo: After – the new, slim Ryan with Rebecca

11:30am Monday 9th June 2014

A MAN from Laindon reached the finals of a national slimming contest.

School awarded for improvement

6:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

A BASILDON school has been named as one of the most improved across the whole country.

Bonmarche moving into Basildon to give town centre a lift

Echo: Pat Rackley – outside the former Internacionale store which will become Bonmarche

10:00am Friday 6th June 2014

A POPULAR clothing chain is set to bring a new lease of life to Basildon town centre.

Hands up if you fancy becoming a film star?

Echo: Hands up if you fancy becoming a film star?

10:20am Friday 6th June 2014

YOUNGSTERS in Pitsea are being given the chance to become film stars.

Pre-school in limbo over its new home

Echo: Waiting for news – managers Tracey Hill and Donna Surridge with Donna Locke (right) and her daughters, Paige, six and Chloe Halls, four

6:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

BOSSES of a fire-hit preschool say they have been “left in limbo” – despite a residents’ association being told to leave its base to make room for the group.

Scrapyard wins battle to expand

Echo: John Scarola – delighted the scrapyard has been refused permission to expand

5:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A SCRAPYARD has won its struggle to expand...and promised to be a good neighbour.


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