This week, in support of National Energy Saving Week, Basildon Council joined forces with fellow Beam Energy partner Barking and Dagenham Council to meet pupils at Henry Green Primary School who were taking part in a zero-electricity hour.
No rise in council tax, money to continue lighting the borough's streets through the night and investment in new facilities and positive activities for young people - these are some of the budget proposals for 2020/21 that Basildon councillors are set to discuss next week.
Councillors unanimously agreed to start a pilot project to look at how the shopping experience of disabled visitors to Basildon Town Centre can be improved to make it 'purple friendly' and inclusive to all.
How would you like to be involved in shaping future plans for South Essex? That's the question being asked of residents and businesses across the region in a formal consultation that ends later this month.
Basildon Council and Basildon Business Group have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to voice opposition to proposals for a charging clean air zone in Basildon.