Labour councillors vow to fight sell off of Ballards Walk in Laindon

Echo: Labour councillors vow to fight sell off of Ballards Walk in Laindon Labour councillors vow to fight sell off of Ballards Walk in Laindon

LABOUR councillors have vowed to fight council plans to sell off land in Laindon to help pay off the debt left on the £38million Sporting Village.
 

The Conservative administration have hired consultants to draw up plans to build hundreds of new homes on land off Ballards Walk which is worth about £5million.
 

Council bosses had also earmarked Kent View Road recreation ground in Vange for housing but after a successful resident’s campaign the council chose not to proceed, instead they said they would sell the land off Ballards Walk.
 

Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group and a councillor in Lee Chapel North where the land is going to be sold, has warned residents and councillors will do all they can to fight the plans.
 

Mr Smith said: “This is the second blow for residents of the ward and it is the second leisure facility that we might lose for housing. We have already lost Markhams Chase Leisure Centre to housing and now it looks like this land which is very well used for recreation and by dog walkers.
 

“I know we need new homes but this is not the right place for them. My main worry is the extra traffic it would cause and the highways set up would just not cope.
 

“There are no access roads to the A13 or A127 nearby, I think we need to be looking at land on the A127 as potential sites.
 

“It is not fair for residents to have to face up to the reality of losing another community asset for another housing estate. We as the councillors will be standing with the residents and doing all we can to prevent this happening.”
 

Tony Ball, leader of the council, added: “I appreciate selling land for housing is a contentious issue, but this is a site that has always been identified for future housing need.
 

“It has also been suggested in the past the council should have borrowed the full amount for the Sporting Village and done away with the need to sell land. But the repayments of such a loan would have resulted in a council tax increase of up to seven per cent.”

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5:05pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk.

If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well.

How much more do they need to finish paying for it?

I think we ought to be told.
If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk. If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well. How much more do they need to finish paying for it? I think we ought to be told. Eric Whim
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5:33pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Audioman says...

Why! we want MORE houses in Basildon. green grass that is only for cows and sheep.
Why! we want MORE houses in Basildon. green grass that is only for cows and sheep. Audioman
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6:01pm Wed 7 Nov 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

Its not us that has the housing need though, these homes are being built to house the dross from other areas, we have a weak council that refuses to stand up to the completely unreasonable demands made by our pathetic government, they have got themselves into a situation of mass over-population and are now making relatively normal towns into giant housing estates and the council just see pound-signs as most of the suits making the decisions live in semi-rural areas away from the mess they are creating. Give it 10 years and we will all have metal grills over our windows & doors and have to walk to the shops in stab vests telling our kids about when there used to be grass in basildon
Its not us that has the housing need though, these homes are being built to house the dross from other areas, we have a weak council that refuses to stand up to the completely unreasonable demands made by our pathetic government, they have got themselves into a situation of mass over-population and are now making relatively normal towns into giant housing estates and the council just see pound-signs as most of the suits making the decisions live in semi-rural areas away from the mess they are creating. Give it 10 years and we will all have metal grills over our windows & doors and have to walk to the shops in stab vests telling our kids about when there used to be grass in basildon SpiffSpaffington1984
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12:14am Thu 8 Nov 12

Dids says...

SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
Its not us that has the housing need though, these homes are being built to house the dross from other areas, we have a weak council that refuses to stand up to the completely unreasonable demands made by our pathetic government, they have got themselves into a situation of mass over-population and are now making relatively normal towns into giant housing estates and the council just see pound-signs as most of the suits making the decisions live in semi-rural areas away from the mess they are creating. Give it 10 years and we will all have metal grills over our windows & doors and have to walk to the shops in stab vests telling our kids about when there used to be grass in basildon
well said
[quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: Its not us that has the housing need though, these homes are being built to house the dross from other areas, we have a weak council that refuses to stand up to the completely unreasonable demands made by our pathetic government, they have got themselves into a situation of mass over-population and are now making relatively normal towns into giant housing estates and the council just see pound-signs as most of the suits making the decisions live in semi-rural areas away from the mess they are creating. Give it 10 years and we will all have metal grills over our windows & doors and have to walk to the shops in stab vests telling our kids about when there used to be grass in basildon[/p][/quote]well said Dids
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9:46am Thu 8 Nov 12

TheWizzard says...

Eric Whim wrote:
If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk.

If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well.

How much more do they need to finish paying for it?

I think we ought to be told.
Mr ball told the kent view group that only £500.000 was left owing on the pillage so therefore selling this land is not really justified. However the mayor helped the kent view group save there plot even though she voted with the rest of the tories to sell everything off. Makes you wonder what her she has to gain from helping that group out but refuses to help out any other group that wants to save there bit of space
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk. If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well. How much more do they need to finish paying for it? I think we ought to be told.[/p][/quote]Mr ball told the kent view group that only £500.000 was left owing on the pillage so therefore selling this land is not really justified. However the mayor helped the kent view group save there plot even though she voted with the rest of the tories to sell everything off. Makes you wonder what her she has to gain from helping that group out but refuses to help out any other group that wants to save there bit of space TheWizzard
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2:53pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

TheWizzard wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk.

If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well.

How much more do they need to finish paying for it?

I think we ought to be told.
Mr ball told the kent view group that only £500.000 was left owing on the pillage so therefore selling this land is not really justified. However the mayor helped the kent view group save there plot even though she voted with the rest of the tories to sell everything off. Makes you wonder what her she has to gain from helping that group out but refuses to help out any other group that wants to save there bit of space
do any of her relatives use it for emptying their dog I wonder
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: If they can stop them at Kent View Road, lets hope they can stop them at Ballards Walk. If the Council are desperate to raise some more money to finish paying for the 30 something million pound Sporting Village they can sell of some land in Billericay and let those people chip in a bit of their green space - more than enough green space in Basildon has gone down the pan already to pay towards the Sporting Village. After all it's for their use as well. How much more do they need to finish paying for it? I think we ought to be told.[/p][/quote]Mr ball told the kent view group that only £500.000 was left owing on the pillage so therefore selling this land is not really justified. However the mayor helped the kent view group save there plot even though she voted with the rest of the tories to sell everything off. Makes you wonder what her she has to gain from helping that group out but refuses to help out any other group that wants to save there bit of space[/p][/quote]do any of her relatives use it for emptying their dog I wonder Eric Whim
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