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Ladder

Local employers are being urged to exchange their ‘dodgy’ ladder for a new one, to help reduce injuries in the workplace.

Basildon Council’s Environmental Health Team are supporting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Ladder Exchange initiative which encourages businesses to take their old, bent or broken ladders to partner outlets and exchange it for a new one, with up to 50% off.

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Recycling rates across the Billericay and Basildon Borough have been boosted thanks to a new weekly pink sack collection.

Compared to the first two weeks of August last year, an extra 140.75 tonnes was collected. This is due to the weekly pink sack collections which were introduced on August 1st.

Running track

Joseph Williams, of Billericay, is embarking on a physical and mental mission in aid of local Essex based charity St Luke's Hospice (charity reg no. 289466).

The charity specialise in the care and support of the terminally ill and their families. Several years ago Joseph lost his mother to a terminal illness but it was always reassuring to know that she was receiving such brilliant care from this dedicated charity.

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A Billericay barmaid will be putting on her walking boots in aid of Great Ormond Street later this month as she endures sweltering conditions to trek the infamous Samaria Gorge, in Crete.
 
Leigh Abrams from Billericay, will be taking on 45 degree heat and tough terrain when she travels to the Greek island on 25 August in a bid to raise thousands of pounds in memory of two-year-old Harry Smith.

Garden tools

The Village Council, residents and local interest groups are coming together to secure a space for enthusiastic home growers to develop an allotment near Great Burstead/South Green.

We spoke to keen proposer, Martin, "Allotments are a good use of land and are very sustainable. They are highly productive producing more per unit area than many other forms of husbandry and improve the soil. They promote health and well being, provide opportunities for people of all ages for exercise and build community by promoting shared activity and produce healthy and affordable food."

 

Harry Carnaby

An aspiring young Billericay DJ and presenter has been lined up to host the Together Against Crime event this week in Basildon Town Centre.

Harry Carnaby, aged 13, has his own radio show on Gateway 97.8 and has hosted a number of events in the borough. He is set to present the event after BBC Essex’s Olli Winniberg unfortunately had to pull out. Harry, who attends St Johns School in Billericay, has been on various TV shows including Celebrity Are You Smarter Than a 10-year-old, The Morgana show, Richard Hammond's Blast Lab to name a few.

Stewarts Wine Bar

Landlords at Stewarts Wine Bar in Western Road have applied to Basildon Council to stay open until 2.30am on Friday, Saturdays & Sundays leading into bank holidays and serve alcohol until 2am.

The bar also wants to stay open until 1am the rest of the week and serve alcohol until 12.30am. However, the application, which will be considered by Basildon Council’s licensing committee later this summer, has been met with fears from local residents.

Trophies

Basildon Council is calling on residents to nominate exceptional young people from across the borough for this year’s Celebration of Youth Awards.

Run by young people in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and Essex Integrated Youth Service, the award ceremony is being held on Wednesday 2 November at the Towngate Theatre to highlight the positive things young people are doing in their local community.

The Council is also looking for young people aged between 10 to 19 years, or up to 25 with additional needs, to perform on the night. Acts can include anything from bands, solo artists and comedians, to dance acts and gymnastic troupes.

The Wanted

Just weeks before their performance in Billericay, top boy band The Wanted have scaled the charts reaching number one with single ‘Glad You Came’.

The British-Irish pop boy band comprising Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes perform at Lake Meadows Park in Billericay on Saturday 6 August.

Lake Meadows Skate Park

New skate park facilities in Lake Meadows park are set to be officially opened this weekend.

Skateboarders and BMX riders are able to enjoy the new facilities following the completion of work which saw the ten year old ramps replaced and the area given a revamp.

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The Billericay School has submitted plans for a multi-million pound expansion to it's facilities and the plans have been recommended for approval by Basildon Council.

The reason for the expansion is to solve problems with overcrowding by creating new classrooms for Science, English and Modern Languages and build a modern music block. The application will be considered by Basildon Council’s development control and traffic management committee on Tuesday.

Chernobyl children on holiday

The Chernobyl Children’s Life Line was founded in 1991 by Victor Mizzi M.B.E. After there were two explosions and a fire, in one of the reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station on April 26th 1986 causing radio activity to pour into the surrounding environment for 10 days.

About 70% rained on Belarus, with the greatest proportion falling in the Gomel District. In the Ukraine, where the defunct Chernobyl reactor is there is still a significant amount of contamination.