Saturday, July 13, 2024

Councils given £800,000 boost to drive economy forward

A BOLD new blueprint designed to boost housing, and create jobs and better infrastructure across south Essex will be the first piece of work tackled by a new partnership of local councils.

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The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) was formed in January, with seven council leaders and chief executives agreeing to work together to drive economic growth across the region.

The plan – officially called a ‘joint infrastructure and strategic plan’ has been given a further boost through the award of £871,000 of Government funding to take the work forward.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Leader of Brentwood Borough Council and Chair of ASELA, says: “We have the vision and ambition to work collectively and across district borders and we will now work hard to plan on a joint basis for new infrastructure, homes and jobs.

“We have set out our commitment to ensure that all of our local plans will be delivered in a joined up approach, with an emphasis on making the case very clearly to Government for the major infrastructure that will be absolutely essential to support our expanding and new communities across the region, whilst maximising job opportunities within an expanding economy.

“It is this commitment that has allowed us to secure significant central Government funding to take this work forwards.

“Our focus now is on ensuring we get the very best for our residents across south Essex over the next 20 years, but we are clear that to do that, we need to improve the local and regional infrastructure. That includes new and improved transport links and roads, health infrastructure, and ensuring local people are equipped with the skills to take advantage of the exciting economic opportunities that we can expect in the future.

“We recognise and accept that there will be some areas that will find aspects of delivery more difficult than others. We are committed to working together to help address this and will co-operate across the region, recognising that the opportunities and challenges are not confined within single local boundaries.”


  1. Well we know the Council will take any cash they can rather than think of residents impact.
    So lets look at whats coming.
    32, 000 houses.
    New 4-6 lane motorway/crossing
    New Power Station
    New Port Extension at Tilbury.
    Now then folks you have no say in the matter, traffic will snarl up and the pollution will become unbearable. As for crime, you just watch that just go through the roof.


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