The Wickford Action Group was started by Alan Ball and Derek Harrison in 2005/6. John Rushton joined in November 2006 to build the website, and together with Amanda Hufton we had our first meeting in December 2006. David Harrison joined in Feb 2007, and our first commitment was to emphasise that we would be non-political, and indeed we never discuss our own individual political leanings. We do clash with Basildon Council occasionally, but this is on specific incidents where we disagree with their decisions, and is nothing to do with Tory / Labour / UKIP etc.
Our initial purpose was to fight against the proposed Town Centre Masterplan, and our first major activity was to hold a public meeting on 22 March 2007 in the Community Centre, which was attended by 5 Councillors and over 200 people, many couldn't get into the room. Although the Masterplan is now dead and buried, we continue to fight for a better Wickford, with any increase in housing being supported by sufficient services (roads, schools, doctors etc.)
Our committee hold regular meetings in the Wickford Community Centre - if you are interested in attending please use the contact form on the right.
You can see a copy of the Wickford Action Group Constitution on this link.
The Action Group Committee consists of the following Wickford residents:
Chairperson: Clare Gregory
Vice chair: Sue Bennett
Treasurer: Emily Pwips
Secretary & Website: John Rushton