January 5th 2018
BASILDON IS DESTINATION OF CHOICE
A leading Basildon councillor has welcomed a new report which names the town as one of the top commuter hotspots for 2018.
Estate agency Jackson-Stops took into account a number of factors including annual house price growth, train reliability and speed of journey into London when compiling its list. Basildon was ranked in seventh place nationally and was the top Essex town to make the list.
Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Policy and Resources committee, said: “The fact that Basildon has made it into the top ten does not come as a surprise to me. We have excellent transport links to London, beautiful parks and open spaces, and a growing economy. Basildon is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the South East.
“However, our popularity with commuters does come with its own challenges. The rising cost of house prices is making it increasingly difficult for first time buyers to get on the property ladder and we are at risk of leaving some residents behind.
“That is why we’ve made sure key workers in the borough – those we depend on for our public services in schools and the health service for example – will be supported through our house building programme. It is why I set up the Breakthrough Basildon Borough Commission to encourage inclusive growth, and why the Pathways to Success Panel was established to find more effective ways to raise skill levels, ambition and opportunities in the borough.”