Determined residents have won a battle against council plans to rename streets on their estate.Yes, it’s this story again. With a happy ending, for once.
Following a hearing at Basildon Magistrates’ Court, Judge Gareth Branston ruled the scheme must be scrapped.
He also ordered Basildon Council to pay £9,500 to Five Links Residents’ Association and Frank Ferguson, Ukip councillor for Lee Chapel North, to cover the costs of their legal battle.He should have mandated it came out of their own pockets. Or certainly out of the pocket of the ‘councillor for communities’:
The renaming plans were put forward by Terri Sargent, Basildon councillor responsible for communities, who believed it would make the estate easier to navigate for the emergency services.
She also hoped it would help the estate, which has been known as Alcatraz since it was built in the Seventies, shake off its negative image.
Cross-party councillors backed a motion to scrap the renaming scheme six months ago, but Mrs Sargent ignored the vote and used her powers to push through the decision.Yup, pushing through a cosmetic change for the benefit of others with no regards to the feelings of the ‘inmates’ is how you help people feel like they aren’t in prison in Terri’s world, clearly…
A spokesman for Basildon Council said: “Having received the courts decision we will now evaluate the judgment and consider our options. ”
Mrs Sargent declined to comment.Not got a lot to say for yourself now, have you?