Community centre plan moves forward

The relocation and development of a community centre in Wickford has been granted conditional planning permission, as part of the town’s regeneration plans.

The application was discussed at a meeting of Basildon Council’s Planning Committee on 20 November and includes moving the centre from Market Road to Nevendon Recreation Ground.

It also includes the demolition of the One Step Ahead pre-school which will be incorporated into the centre.

Basildon Council’s chairman of the regeneration committee, Anthony Hedley, said: “The existing centre is no longer fit-for-purpose and we are committed to working with the community association to ensure we give them a facility that will enable a greater range of activities. This will also unlock much-needed redevelopment on the site of the old centre.”

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