Tories hold their grip in Basildon local elections

Tony Ball

Tony Ball

First published in News

THE Tories held their firm grip on power over Basildon Council following the local elections.

Council leader Tony Ball was celebrating following the announcement of the results to the local poll on Friday lunchtime, which returned 11 Conservative, two Labour and a single Liberal Democrat councillor.

The Tories can claim to have a genuine mandate as they secured 50 per cent of the vote, compared to 21 per cent for Labour and 17 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.

The Basildon turnout was 64 per cent, compared to just 29 per cent in the 2008 local elections and 33 per cent in the European poll..

Mr Ball held his Wickford Park ward with 3,580 votes, compared his nearest rival Labour’s Santa Bennett who polled 1,013 votes.

For the full story see Monday's Echo

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6:07pm Fri 7 May 10

geezer, innit says...

ok Ball boy, sort out the council housing stock in the area, getting it up to scratch PDQ please - get on to that quango St Georges Community Housing and get them to do what they're supposed to be doing. Get these roads sorted, and the footpaths. You've got the job, now do it!
ok Ball boy, sort out the council housing stock in the area, getting it up to scratch PDQ please - get on to that quango St Georges Community Housing and get them to do what they're supposed to be doing. Get these roads sorted, and the footpaths. You've got the job, now do it! geezer, innit
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10:10pm Fri 7 May 10

TheWizzard says...

Doubt anything like that will get done, theres the sports village to be paid for, so more green areas will go to fund it, commmunity centres will be left to get run down and the sale of the odd leisure centre too. They only ever serve themselves!
Doubt anything like that will get done, theres the sports village to be paid for, so more green areas will go to fund it, commmunity centres will be left to get run down and the sale of the odd leisure centre too. They only ever serve themselves! TheWizzard
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7:42pm Sat 8 May 10

lastonestanding says...

The tooth fairy is real, santa claus is coming, pigs can fly and Tony Ball will fix everything.
The tooth fairy is real, santa claus is coming, pigs can fly and Tony Ball will fix everything. lastonestanding
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10:04pm Sat 8 May 10

TheWizzard says...

lastonestanding wrote:
The tooth fairy is real, santa claus is coming, pigs can fly and Tony Ball will fix everything.
Apart from the traveller fiasco!
[quote][p][bold]lastonestanding[/bold] wrote: The tooth fairy is real, santa claus is coming, pigs can fly and Tony Ball will fix everything.[/p][/quote]Apart from the traveller fiasco! TheWizzard
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11:02pm Sat 8 May 10

midnight warrior says...

Congratulations and well done the best man for the job has won thank goodness. Can we now get on with the traveller evictions and uphold the law by issuing the 28 day notices to these people who have abused the planning laws and outstayed their welcome by about 9 years.
Congratulations and well done the best man for the job has won thank goodness. Can we now get on with the traveller evictions and uphold the law by issuing the 28 day notices to these people who have abused the planning laws and outstayed their welcome by about 9 years. midnight warrior
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12:32am Mon 10 May 10

charlies mum says...

Basildon people are a strange lot they return two Tory MPs and vote back in Tory Councillors. So once they have cut your tax credits, taken away your winter fuel payments and free bus pass, rewarded developers by allowing them to build on green open spaces, sold off and shut down everything to pay for the sporting village, dont start moaning. You voted for everthing your going to get and you deserve it. Its a shame the rest of us have to suffer though
Basildon people are a strange lot they return two Tory MPs and vote back in Tory Councillors. So once they have cut your tax credits, taken away your winter fuel payments and free bus pass, rewarded developers by allowing them to build on green open spaces, sold off and shut down everything to pay for the sporting village, dont start moaning. You voted for everthing your going to get and you deserve it. Its a shame the rest of us have to suffer though charlies mum
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9:22am Mon 10 May 10

TheWizzard says...

charlies mum wrote:
Basildon people are a strange lot they return two Tory MPs and vote back in Tory Councillors. So once they have cut your tax credits, taken away your winter fuel payments and free bus pass, rewarded developers by allowing them to build on green open spaces, sold off and shut down everything to pay for the sporting village, dont start moaning. You voted for everthing your going to get and you deserve it. Its a shame the rest of us have to suffer though
the Eversley is next on the 'hit list' and i agree with you 100%. All the money they are saving by not spending on play areas in Basildon can now be diverted to Billericay. Where a certain Mr Blake has his nice safe seat
[quote][p][bold]charlies mum[/bold] wrote: Basildon people are a strange lot they return two Tory MPs and vote back in Tory Councillors. So once they have cut your tax credits, taken away your winter fuel payments and free bus pass, rewarded developers by allowing them to build on green open spaces, sold off and shut down everything to pay for the sporting village, dont start moaning. You voted for everthing your going to get and you deserve it. Its a shame the rest of us have to suffer though[/p][/quote]the Eversley is next on the 'hit list' and i agree with you 100%. All the money they are saving by not spending on play areas in Basildon can now be diverted to Billericay. Where a certain Mr Blake has his nice safe seat TheWizzard
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4:24pm Mon 10 May 10

TheWizzard says...

And the mandate is what exactly...to protect all green belt where possible in Billericay, to sell off and develop as much green belt in other areas of Basildon to help fund the sports village.
And the mandate is what exactly...to protect all green belt where possible in Billericay, to sell off and develop as much green belt in other areas of Basildon to help fund the sports village. TheWizzard
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4:45pm Mon 10 May 10

geezer, innit says...

blinking pocket liners the lot of them
blinking pocket liners the lot of them geezer, innit
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5:05pm Mon 10 May 10

redcar says...

Okay - now you in (again) actually earn your money this time and remember you work for US and are not in charge of us. Stop talking down to us, stop concreting our precious little greenspace, sort out our town centre and give us what you promised, get the pot-holes sorted before my car snaps in two, actualy arrest the benefit cheats (who are so easy to find it embarrasing) so the money saved can get us out of debt, stop looking after your mates first and look after your employers - US. Just becuase you won does not mean people love you - it mostly means we all hate labour and would have chocked to help GB - lets see you get your hands dirty and sort out this area - out with the benefit cheats, out with the concrete mixers, in with some law and order and in with some respect for the many many many of the residents that actually could do a better job but have too much integrety to be involved in politics
Okay - now you in (again) actually earn your money this time and remember you work for US and are not in charge of us. Stop talking down to us, stop concreting our precious little greenspace, sort out our town centre and give us what you promised, get the pot-holes sorted before my car snaps in two, actualy arrest the benefit cheats (who are so easy to find it embarrasing) so the money saved can get us out of debt, stop looking after your mates first and look after your employers - US. Just becuase you won does not mean people love you - it mostly means we all hate labour and would have chocked to help GB - lets see you get your hands dirty and sort out this area - out with the benefit cheats, out with the concrete mixers, in with some law and order and in with some respect for the many many many of the residents that actually could do a better job but have too much integrety to be involved in politics redcar
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