Consultations In Essex

Welcome to the Essex County Council consultation portal. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you in Essex. Public participation is very important to the development of our services, projects and policies, so please have your say.

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

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Open Consultations

  • Consultation of former Lexden springs school site

    Consultation Former Lexden Springs School, Halstead Road, Colchester, CO3 9AB Essex County Council is intending to sell the former Lexden Springs School site. Following its relocation to brand new purpose built premises at a nearby site in the summer of 2019, the former site is... More

    Closes 2 March 2020

  • The Love Essex Fund Application February 2020

    This is the application form for the Love Essex Fund. Love Essex want to help more communities work together to find ways of reducing household waste. We’re excited to announce The Love Essex Fund, offering microgrants of up to £500 to help groups and individuals to support residents... More

    Closes 2 March 2020

  • Harlow and Gilston Garden Town - Transport Strategy Consultation: Getting Around the Garden Town

    Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Transport Strategy Consultation: Getting Around the Garden Town • Getting Around in the Garden Town – The transport strategy in full • Getting Around in the Garden Town – In Brief • Why Do We Need a Transport... More

    Closes 13 March 2020

  • 2020Vision: For a Clearer Road Ahead

    Road congestion is one of the major problems facing businesses, yet businesses are one of the major causes of road congestion. It’s a dilemma too few in business are comfortable facing up to, but BusinessTime in Essex believes it’s time to face the unpalatable – which is why they have... More

    Closes 17 March 2020

  • Army and Navy Flyover Competition

    Can you guess the weight of the Army and Navy flyover? The flyover has been a feature of the Chelmsford skyline for more than 40 years and its removal is a significant milestone for the city. To mark the occasion, we are giving primary school children in... More

    Closes 20 March 2020

Closed Consultations

  • The Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

    The Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance & Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) is an initiative to raise awareness of the birds that feed and breed on the Essex coast, so that people can enjoy the coast and its wildlife without disturbing the birds. It is a partnership of the following... More

    Closed 21 February 2020

  • ETT Trainee Mental Health and Well Being Survey

    ETT Trainee Mental Health and Well Being Survey More

    Closed 12 February 2020

  • Proposal to expand Stebbing Primary School from September 2020

    Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of Stebbing Primary School, Essex County Council is exploring the possibility of expanding the school (on a phased basis) to 210 places from September 2020, so that it may admit cohorts of 30 children into its Reception Year going forward... More

    Closed 5 February 2020

  • Population Health Conference 14/01/2020

    Delegate's feedback on the Population Health & Wellbeing Conference held on 14th Janaury 2020 More

    Closed 31 January 2020

  • Self-Care JSNA: Stakeholder Views (re-opened)

    This Self-care JSNA is to provide an evidence base for the development and improvement of the care and the ways in which we support and empower people to self-manage long term conditions and their general health in the Mid and South Essex STP area. Stakeholder views are a central part... More

    Closed 31 January 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked


Essex County Council carried out a public consultation on proposals for changes to the use of Concessionary Bus Passes on Essex County Council run Park and Ride services.

The consultation asked questions to establish whether or not people agreed with the proposals and their reasons for this, as well as what existing concessionary pass holders would do if they had to pay a reduced fare to use the service.

The consultation ran from 8 May 2019 to 31 July 2019, and asked whether the public agree with the following proposals:

1. That the concession offered by the County Council on its Park and Ride services in Chelmsford and Colchester to holders of older people’s bus passes should change from free travel after 9am on weekdays (and at all times at weekends and on public holidays), to a £1.50 day fare when showing their bus pass.

2. That holders of disability-based passes should continue to be able to use their free pass on these services after 9am on weekdays (and at all times at weekends and on public holidays) but should also be able to buy a £1.50 day fare when showing their bus pass before 9am.

You Said

Key conclusions

  • 26% of respondents agreed with proposal 1
  • 73% of respondents disagreed with proposal 1
  • 62% of respondents agreed with proposal 2
  • 35% of respondents disagreed with proposal 2

Please see final report for summary of responses.

We Did

Both proposals have been agreed, and changes will come into effect from 01 April 2020.

At present all bus pass holders pay the full Park and Ride fare until 09:00 (except at weekends and public holidays when they travel free at all time). Between 09:00 and 24:00 they travel for free.

From 01 April 2020 older people’s pass holders will have to pay a reduced rate of £1.50 at all times. There is an introductory offer of 2 adult pass holders can travel for £2 for the first six months.

Disability pass holders will still be able to travel free between 09:00 and 24:00 on weekdays and at all times at weekends and public holidays.

In addition they will be able to pay a reduced fare of £1.50 to travel before 09:00 on weekdays.

This decision relates to both Chelmsford Park and Rides (Sandon & Chelmer Valley), Colchester Park and Ride and the Broomfield Hospital Shuttle Service.

We Asked

Essex County Council recognizes the importance of walking both as a form
of transport and as a leisure activity. The Walking Strategy is a response
to the challenges and opportunities of walking in Essex, it outlines in detail
the steps being taken to encourage walking at present and the direction
that will be taken in the future.

The consultation seeked views on the draft sections within the document to inform the final strategy

You Said

Key conclusions

884 respondents

Over half of the respondents (598) stated that 'leisure' was
the main purpose for walking

The main purpose for people walking is to enjoy green

On average 77% of respondents who are essex residents walk for more than 15 minutes a day

For 10-15 minute distances, 728 out of 884 residents would
walk rather than use other modes of transport such as

For detailed findings can be found via the consultation page

We Did

The results of the consultation is shaping a further engagement piece
that will inform the final version of the strategy ready for publication at a later date

We Asked

Essex County Council have produced a draft Green Essex Strategy that raises the importance of developing quality green infrastructure and green spaces across Essex to accompany planned growth across the county over the next 20 years.

The startegy was developed an Essex County Council cross directorate steering group and a range of stakeholders

The consultation seeked views and feedback on the draft document in development of the Green strategy

You Said

Key Conclusions

931 respondents contributed to the consultation

75.72% of people stated they use green spaces for leisure,  67.34% of people use green spaces for health reasons, 42.64% of people use green spaces for dog walking.

58.21% of people felt easier access of green spaces would increase usage.

52.95% agreed with both the vision and objectives of the Green Strategy

For more information please refer to the reports available via the consultation page

We Did

The information received within the consultation is been incorporated in the final strategy which will be published shortly.