|OVER 80 local business people attended a breakfast meeting this week to learn more about the Olympic Torch Relay and the impact it will have.|
With the countdown to the Basildon leg of the Torch Relay well underway, the breakfast meeting saw around 70 Basildon based businesses attend, ranging from town centre based retailers to transport and manufacturing companies.
Cllr Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council said: “On the 6 July we have an absolutely unique opportunity to showcase Basildon, and join the celebrations ahead of the Olympics.
The event is likely to see thousands of visitors on the route, and Basildon, and the roads into and out of it, are going to be extremely busy, so this event was really about informing businesses of our plans.
It is key that ahead of the day we minimise the disruption caused and look at the opportunities available for our business community and their employees.”
The torch will travel from the Sporting Village and along Uppermayne into the town at 4.10pm.
Councillor Ball added: “Uppermayne will provide the ideal viewing point for the relay, and the Northbound side, away from the town, will be shut throughout the afternoon to allow for the expected crowds.
Although diversions will be in place this is obviously going to cause delays for traffic and we are working to ensure that businesses and residents are aware of the impact this will have.”
More information on the Torch Relay route and advice and guidance can be found at www.basildon.gov.uk. Anyone with queries about the relay should contact Olympics@basildon.gov.uk.