Cllr Tony Ball
Success Essex Board Member | Essex County Council
Tony Ball was born in Gibraltar whilst his father served in the Army. He moved to Basildon at the age of 4 and has lived in the Borough ever since. He is married and has one daughter.
Tony was first elected to Basildon Council in 1998 and became the housing spokesman for the Basildon Conservative Group. He became Deputy Leader in 2002, becoming Leader of Basildon in 2009 a post he held until May 2014.
Tony was the second generation in his family to serve as a Council Leader. He led an ambitious Conservative administration, who oversaw the delivery of major regeneration projects at Wat Tyler Park, in Pitsea, Wickford High Street and the Basildon Sporting Village - delivered in time for Olympics in London 2012. Multi-million-pound Town Centre regeneration projects were also approved for Laindon, Pitsea and Basildon – all in the face of a tough economic climate.
Tony Ball was put in the international media spotlight over a politically sensitive planning enforcement issue at a gypsy traveller site (Dale Farm). With the backing of the British Government and Essex Police the clearance of the illegal site was delivered successfully. His approach, although firm, received widespread praise in large sections of the British and International press.
Tony has always worked with partners beyond the boundaries of Basildon. He was Chairman of the Thames Gateway South Essex (TGSE) partnership with special responsibilities for housing and communities, delivering key regional projects which led ultimately to the development of the South East Local Enterprise (SELEP) partnership.
After a 3-year break from elected local politics, Tony was elected to Essex County Council in May 2017. He was immediately appointed as Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, which also includes Passenger Transport and became Cabinet Member for Economic Development in May 2019.
Tony believes that economic growth and regeneration is the key to better outcomes for Essex residents and continues to work with partners from authorities and business across the region to promote Essex as a place to live, work, invest and study.