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If you are moving to Basildon, read on to find out some more information about this commuter town, which is just 30 miles from Central London.
Basildon was designed as an overspill town after the Second World War to accommodate the rising population in the capital. The new town was an amalgamation of four villages including Basildon, from which the town takes its name.
The train journey into Central London from one of Basildon's three railway stations takes between 36 minutes to just under an hour, so many of those who live in the town work in the capital. Basildon is also linked by road to London via the A127 and A13.
Housing in Basildon
From houses, flats and bungalows, Basildon has a large number of housing options. According to 2013 land registry figures, the average house price is £236,000, which makes it an affordable place to live in comparison to London prices. Langdon Hills is considered one of the most desirable places in Basildon and is an ideal location for those who require removals to Basildon to settle there with children.
Employment in Basildon
In addition to its close proximity to London, Basildon also has a number of employment opportunities within the town. It is known for its advanced technology and manufacturing with companies such as Ford Motor Company, Gardner Aerospace and tractor company CNH Industrial, (which exports 90 per cent of its products), based here. In all, Basildon's economy provides employment opportunities to well over 75,000 people.
Education in Basildon
Basildon has a number of secondary schools, including Billericay School which recently received an 'outstanding' Ofsted inspection, and the Roman Catholic voluntary aided school, De La Salle School, a co-educational for pupils aged 11 – 16 years. It also has three further Education colleges: South Essex College, New Campus Basildon and PROCAT, which offers vocational courses.
Things to See in Basildon
Basildon has a number of attractions for visitors including the Motorboat Museum, which charts the history of motor boating from steam boats to the latest crafts. The museum is set within Wat Tyler Country Park and includes 125 acres of parkland to explore, an educational centre with ongoing activities through the year, and a sculpture trail. The 30ft tall glass and steel Bell Tower at St Martin's Church is another draw: among its eight bells is the first ever cast by a female in the 15th century.
Shopping in Basildon
The town has a good mix of high street shops, many of which you can find in the Square and East Walk. For undercover shops, head to the 1980s built Eastgate Shopping Centre which has more than 100 stores including Debenhams department store, and was once the largest shopping centre in the county. Westgate Shopping Park is another shopping centre in Basildon and there are several others on the outskirts of the town. If you like to buy fresh fruit and vegetables at great prices, Basildon also has a street market.
Nightlife in Basildon
For those who like to paint the town red, the popular place to go is Festival Leisure Park dubbed 'Bas Vegas' by locals. It has a number of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, a cinema complex and bowling alley. Nightclubs include Lava, Ignite and Jumping Jaks, and Bonds is a well-frequented bar.
Healthcare in Basildon
Basildon has a number of doctors' surgeries, dentists and health care facilities. It is served by Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, which has an accident and emergency clinic, and a high-tech heart and lung unit.