New Wickford Action Group Website

View of Wickford from St Margaret's Church, Downham
The Wickford Action Group was set up in 2005. Our initial purpose was to fight against the Wickford Town Centre Masterplan, which proposed the building of over 700 flats in the centre of town in order to fund what we saw as pie in the sky regeneration. 
Although the Town Centre Masterplan is now dead and buried, there have been some 500 flats built since then, with precious little regeneration, and we continue to fight for a better Wickford, with any increase in housing being family friendly and with sufficient support services (roads, schools, doctors etc.)
We do want to see improvements to the town, which has suffered for many years from neglect by Basildon Council. Local roads are a disgrace, and the traffic congestion at peak times is almost unbearable.

What is happening now?
The current situation is that, under a government directive, Basildon council has had to produce a plan for house building for the next 20 years. They have proposed 3,300 more homes in Wickford, many on the green belt, two new traveller sites and extra pitches on existing sites. It was put out to public consultation, and the Wickford Action Group had many objections to the plan and urged all residents to submit their responses. An independent planning inspector is due to make final recommendations and there will be a 'consultation with residents' at the beginning of 2018.
This blog/website will keep you informed of progress in this project, and maintains links to relevant housing developments in the town - see links on the right.

Our Facebook site.
In parallel with this, our Facebook site is where you can participate in a lively up-to-date discussion with other residents on Wickford issues. We have over 4,000 members - view here and join now!