Borough of Basildon
Basildon, the administrative centre of the borough
Basildon, the administrative centre of the borough
Basildon shown within Essex
Basildon shown within Essex
Coordinates: 51°34′14″N 0°27′16″E / 51.5705°N 0.4545°E / 51.5705; 0.4545Coordinates: 51°34′14″N 0°27′16″E / 51.5705°N 0.4545°E / 51.5705; 0.4545
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough
Admin HQBasildon
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBasildon Borough Council
 • LeadershipCommittee (Conservative)
 • MPsJohn Baron
Stephen Metcalfe
Mark Francois
 • Total42.48 sq mi (110.02 km2)
 • Rank205th (of 309)
 • Total187,571
 • Rank100th (of 309)
 • Density4,400/sq mi (1,700/km2)
 • Ethnicity
94.5% White
2.0% S. Asian
1.5% Black
1.2% Mixed
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS codeE07000066
OS grid referenceTQ735895
Billericay, one of the towns of the borough
Billericay, one of the towns of the borough

The Borough of Basildon is a local government district in south Essex in the East of England, centred on the town of Basildon. It was formed as the Basildon District on 1 April 1974 from the former area of Basildon Urban District and the part of Thurrock Urban District that was within the Basildon New Town. The population of the district as of 2010 is about 172,000. The local authority is Basildon Borough Council. The council made an application for borough status in February 2010 and this was given approval that year, with Mo Larkin becoming the first mayor in October.[1][2]

Wickford, one of the towns of the borough
Wickford, one of the towns of the borough


The Basildon District was created on 1 April 1974 as part of the local government reorganisation of the Local Government Act 1972. It comprised the former area of the Basildon Urban District and the part of Basildon New Town that had been in Thurrock Urban District.

Ramsden Bellhouse, one of the villages in the borough
Ramsden Bellhouse, one of the villages in the borough


See also: Basildon local elections

Basildon Borough Council
Basildon Borough Council.svg
Term limits
Founded1 April 1974
Preceded byBasildon Urban District Council
Thurrock Urban District Council
Luke Mackenzie, Conservative
since 26 May 2022[3]
Andrew Baggott, Conservative
since 27 May 2021[4]
Seats42 councillors
UK Basildon Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Administration (25)
  •   Conservative (25)

Opposition (17)

  •   Labour (10)
  •   Independent Group (5)
  •   Wickford Independents (2)
Length of term
Third of council elected three years out of four

Elections to Basildon Borough Council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 42 seats on the council being elected at each election. Both the Conservative and Labour parties have controlled the council at different times, as well as periods when no party has had a majority. The Conservative party controlled the council through a cabinet system of governance after winning a majority at the 2003 election. In May 2017 the council switched to a committee system with no party in overall control.[5] The council is currently composed of the following councillors:[6]

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 20
Labour Party 15
Independents 6

Parish and town councils

There are nine town, parish and village councils at present. They cover one quarter of the district and are:[7]


To the north it borders the Borough of Chelmsford, to the east it borders the District of Rochford district, to the south east the Borough of Castle Point and to the west it borders the Borough of Brentwood. To the south the district has a boundary with the unitary authority of Thurrock.


Constituencies within the Basildon district. Blue: Billericay and Basildon Red: Basildon South and Thurrock East Green: Rayleigh and Wickford
Constituencies within the Basildon district.
Blue: Billericay and Basildon
Red: Basildon South and Thurrock East
Green: Rayleigh and Wickford

The district has three main population centres. The towns of Billericay and Wickford are two of the areas which both have surrounding villages. Occasional proposals have been made to move Billericay and Wickford to other districts, leaving Basildon more focused on the new town.[8]

The other, largest, population centre is commonly referred to as Basildon and comprises three original settlements: Laindon, Basildon and Pitsea (from west to east) which have merged with other minor settlements to form the New Town, which is a continuous urban area.

The remaining land, approximately half of the district is designated as green belt, has several sites of special scientific interest. Two are around Billericay and the remainder are to the south of Basildon New Town. There are also wildlife areas of varying sizes around most of the district, except in the East.

The source of the River Crouch is in the district. The river runs across the district, through Wickford before it leaves the district.

The district is linked well by road and rail with significant surrounding destinations, including London.

In the west of the Basildon district, the Dunton Plotlands is an area of small plots of land used as weekend cottages or smallholdings inhabited during the mid twentieth century.

List of settlements

It contains the towns of:

Villages within the district are:

Regeneration plans

Basildon District is a prosperous business location and has in recent years seen significant inward investment and jobs growth. Throughout Basildon District there are major developments planned estimated to total nearly £2 billion. These include:

Coordinating and promoting this programme of investment is the Basildon Renaissance Partnership which was set up in 2003 by Basildon District Council. Its partners also include the East of England Development Agency, English Partnerships, Essex County Council, and the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The BBC noted the council had decided to sell for £1 a plot of land it bought next to the golf course for £1m in order to build a 4 star hotel. The Conservative leader described the sale as an exciting step forward.[9]


The district is connected to London and Southend via two train operators: c2c and Abellio Greater Anglia. The route operated by c2c is the London, Tilbury and Southend line. Three principal stations of the railway line are in the district: Basildon railway station, Laindon railway station and Pitsea railway station

The former Great Eastern service (now Abellio Greater Anglia) operates on the Shenfield to Southend Line. Trains stop at Billericay and Wickford railway station. At Wickford, the Crouch Valley Line diverges from the Shenfield to Southend line.

Three primary routes are within the district. The A127 goes through its centre, the A13 goes through the south-east at Pitsea. Both these primary routes connect the district with Greater London and Southend-on-Sea. At Bowers Gifford at a terminus of the A13's primary status there is a junction with the beginning of primary status for the A130 with runs along a small section of the western boundary of the district. The A130 connects the district with Chelmsford. The A129 is the major road link between Billericay and Wickford, which are linked via A-Roads to the urban area of Basildon, Pitsea and Laindon by the A176 and the A132, respectively.

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Basildon.[10]

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2019)


Military Units

Organisations and groups



  1. ^ "Basildon to get its first Mayor". Basildon District Council. 15 September 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Basildon district becomes borough". BBC News. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Council meeting, 26 May 2022". Basildon Borough Council. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  4. ^ Annual Council Minutes, 27 May 2021 (PDF). Basildon Borough Council. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  5. ^ Chapman, Chloe (3 April 2017). "Political row breaks out over change to council system". Echo. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". Basildon Borough Council. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Local Councils". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  8. ^ LGCE. Final Recommendations on the Future Local Government of: Basildon & Thurrock, Blackburn & Blackpool, Broxtowe, Gedling & Rushcliffe, Dartford & Gravesham, Gillingham & Rochester Upon Medway, Exeter, Gloucester, Halton & Warrington, Huntingdonshire & Peterborough, Northampton, Norwich, Spelthorne and the Wrekin. December 1995.
  9. ^ "Basildon Council to sell land it bought for £1m for £1". BBC News. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Freedom of the Borough - Basildon". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  11. ^ a b Thomson, Charles (25 November 2019). "Basildon war hero and hospice founder awarded Freedom of the Borough". Yellow Advertiser. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  12. ^ Ferris, Mick (28 May 2021). "Freedom of Entry to the borough status awarded to Basildon's NHS heroes". Yellow Advertiser. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  13. ^ Emes, Toby (23 October 2021). "East of England Ambulance service given freedom of Basildon". The Basildon Canvey Southend Echo. Retrieved 24 October 2021.