Basildon puts its aspirations on display

30 March 2010
I was intrigued – no, gobsmacked – to read on the Daily Mail’s website today that a Hollywood-style sign has been erected on a grassy roadside knoll in... Essex. In a move that has been met by locals with a degree of derision Basildon Council decided to put up the 5ft letters spelling out the town’s name in an attempt to put it on the map. Now I make no bones about being an Essex girl, but who needs to be reminded they’re in Basildon? Especially given the cost of the sign was met by a whopping £90,000 from the Thames Gateway programme – a fund earmarked for vital regeneration of East London, South Essex and North Kent. The residents of Basildon would surely have been better served had this money been spent a little less frivolously, especially with times as hard as they are. Have you got any other examples of ill-conceived purchases?
Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
London, Leeds or Manchester
£34,090 - £52,248 depending on role and location
Ministry of Justice
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