Basildon's economy carries on growing, with the Crane's Corridor industrial area now hosting a new kind of business. The old York International site is being redeveloped with a distribution centre and a backup Data Centre. A computer centre is a first for Basildon, and it is exactly the sort of high-technology industry that we want to compliment our established businesses, so I am very pleased at this development. Even better is the fact that businesses of this kind tend to cluster, because the reasons why one Data Centre gets built hold true for more Data Centres. So, good communications to London, a skilled workforce, local business services and support, and prime development sites could all lead to more of the same.
By the way, the that's Tony Ball, Deputy Leader of the Council, in the photo for the article on this in the Evening Echo. He's as pleased about this as I am. One thing though, the Echo article spins this as some sort of reaction to the 9/11 terror attacks and the continuing fear of terrorism. This might make for a splashy headline, but it is nonsense. Backup computer systems can be required for all sorts of reasons, most of the quite prosaic. Power cuts, fire, flood or even a serious system failure can take you to your backup site. This is why every serious company that I know of makes this sort of provision. It's not just about Osama Bin Laden.