Basildon takes steps to fill senior vacancy

Basildon District Council in Essex is seeking a PR manager to fill its most senior communications role. The position has been vacant for over a year.

Basildon District Council in Essex is seeking a PR manager to fill

its most senior communications role. The position has been vacant for

over a year.



The successful candidate will report to Basildon’s director of community

and housing services, Mark Gaynor and will oversee a six-strong

team.



The post was previously held by Patsy Ryan, who left in July 1997 to

join the PR department of local NHS trust Thameside Community Healthcare

Trust, where she had worked before joining Basildon Council.



The PR manager’s main brief is to develop a profile-raising strategy for

Basildon, communicating to an audience which encompasses the district’s

163,000 residents, its ownworkforce, the national and local media and

the 2,000 businesses located there.



Viv Hotten, spokesperson for Basildon Council, said: ’Basildon does not

have as positive an image as it deserves. It has long been at the

forefront of local government change and initiatives and is currently in

receipt of about pounds 300 million of public and private

investment.’



The Labour-controlled council recently secured an annual pounds 1

million of private and public funding for its Education Action Zone, a

public-private partnership dedicated to improving schools standards in

31 schools in eastern Basildon. This includes pounds 250,000 of private

grants from companies including Ford and Tesco.



Basildon Council is also overseeing the opening next month of the new

pounds 40 million Festival Leisure Park. The complex will include a

multi-screen cinema, restaurants, a bowling land and a sports centre.



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