The Evening Echo of 22 March 1978 reported the imminent closure of the firm of Marks and Sons, a poultry buying business in the Nevendon Road. At its peak the firm handled 20,000 birds a week supplying the catering trade in the surrounding area and London. For nearly 50 years , Mr Maurice Marks (74) had run the company with his sons, Leonard and Alan. Mr Marks had compiled plans to meet new regulations of the European Economic Community (EEC) but these were turned down by Basildon Council because the Nevendon Road was categorised as a residential area. There was concern that some smaller poultry farmers in the area would go out of business because they would have to accept lower prices from other dealers.