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AN new area of public open space is set to become a centre for sustained environmental activity in a plan described as 'brilliant' and a real boost to local people's well-being.

At Basildon Council's Neighbourhood's and Public Spaces Committee next week (Wednesday, 20 January) councillors will be presented with an update on the planned extension to Wickford Memorial Park.

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A CALL has gone out to local residents to help play key roles in a major new youth initiative in the Basildon area.

OnSide Youth Zones are designed to give young people aged eight to 19 years old (25 for those with a disability) somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time; occupying their bodies and minds with fun activities, learning new skills and socialising in a safe, positive way.

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Basildon Hospital

THE NHS trust running Basildon & Thurrock Hospital has the second worst Covid death rate in England, figures suggest.

According to the latest figures Mid and South Essex Hospital Trust, which looks after Basildon as well as Chelmford's Broomfields Hospital and Southend Hospital has had 1,313 Covid-related deaths during a total of more than 35,000 Covid bed days.

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Cllr Gavin Callaghan

THE Labour leader of Basildon Council, together with his colleagues at Harlow, Colchester, Southend and Essex County councils has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to demand more is done to tackle the surge in Covid cases across the county.

Cllr Gavin Callaghan joinmed his part colleagues to say: "We are writing to draw your attention to the escalating and alarming situation in Essex due to the pandemic. We are committed to using all the resources at our disposal to work with you to tackle this virus to protect local residents.

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Cllr David Harrison

BASILDON Council could step in and take additional action in a bid to reduce levels of abandoned shopping trolleys in the borough.

On Wednesday, 20 January at a meeting of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee, councillors will debate whether a letter signed by the Chairman should be sent to supermarkets appealing for them to take more action in retrieving abandoned trolleys.

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