Sign of the Times-0538 Image by Christine Renney

Basildon Town Centre is dominated by a huge block of flats named Brook House which was originally designed to sell to high-fliers. Over the years they have been used to house those amongst us who, for whatever reasons, are not high-fliers but are forced to be high-rise tenants. There were security guards on the main entrance to the flats so that says something. I managed to take a few images but this lady was the only person I saw, on either side of the tower block which, for England, is huge and cold. Strangely, I spoke to a work colleague about this building and he knows it, being an ex-Basildonian, and at one time had considered buying a flat there for £15,000 – I think that figure says it all as he is only in his early thirties.