Here's a view on the Government White Paper from BAG - we think we should look to our MP to pick this up from here, what do you think?
We asked all of the Basildon Borough Council Candidates five questions that relate to concerns the Billericay Action Group have that impact the Borough generally and Billericay specifically so that BAG’s supporters can use those answers in helping decided how to vote.
The Basildon Borough Candidates who replied were (in alphabetical order) :
Billericay East Ward :
To those residents of Burstead and South Green who have received a flyer (“In Touch”) from Cllr Andrew Baggott, the Billericay Action Group would like to apologise (on his behalf) for the inaccuracies it contains. Are they really in touch or demonstrating they are out of touch with residents views.
Contrary to Cllr Baggott’s incorrect claim the Billericay Action Group have never “tried to fool everyone into believing that they can stop all Green Belt development”.
Contrary to Cllr Baggott’s mistaken accusation the Billericay Action Group are not a party political group. We are an issue based action group, set up and supported by local residents; by people like you. But then you know this already.
Sadly Cllr Baggott’s misleading and inaccurate comments (and he isn’t the first of his colleagues to say this) serve only to reinforce the opinions of many people - voters - have of politicians. “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it” is a much abused politician’s tactic.
We respectfully suggest Cllr Baggott spends more time working with his colleagues, his constituents and BAG to produce a sensible and sustainable housing proposal that gains the support of local residents - and less time making sensationalist statements that are, in the words of his own leader on Basildon Council, "simply scaremongering".
We all know we need a plan, but it must the the right plan. We now know the plan proposes an unnecessarily high number. What we need is one which balances sensible growth with preserving the green belt and the character of our towns and villages.
"If the politicians will stop telling lies about BAG, we will stop telling the truth about them."
See responses to questions posted by BAG, Billericay Society and Billericay Residents' Association.
Aims of BAG
To protect the green belt around Billericay from development.
To prevent the character of our historic town from forever being destroyed.
Link to Basildon Council Local Plan pages
Link to Basildon Council Billericay traffic mitigation document
Reasons to respond to this consultation -Click here