This is the press release:
PLANS FOR £120M REGENERATION OF WICKFORD WELCOMED BY COUNCIL LEADER
Ambitious plans for the multi-million pound regeneration of Wickford town centre have moved a step closer.
A planning application for the first phase of the £120m scheme has been submitted by Basildon Council, along with the developers Family Mosaic.
The proposals could see the development of 48 new homes, along with a new swimming pool, health centre, library and public square in Market Avenue and Market Road.
Council leader, Malcolm Buckley, welcomed the blueprint, saying it would breathe new life into the town.
“This is the next stage in our plans to regenerate Wickford town centre and instil a new pride in the town.
“If they are approved, the plans will provide new high quality homes for local people and better access to modern health, leisure and community facilities.
“This is an exciting opportunity to meet the aspirations of Wickford residents for better homes, shops and public services.
“We are delighted that the plans are on the table and will be considering them through our normal planning process.”
Under the plans, 48 new homes could be developed on the former sheltered housing scheme at Willow Court.
Wickford health centre could also be transformed into a modern clinic with specialist
The blueprint includes further plans to redevelop Wickford swimming pool on its existing site, build a new library and create a public square.
Local residents are being invited to have their say on the plans during two forthcoming consultation events.
They are taking place on 22 and 29 September in Wickford Community Centre from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.