Consultations In Essex

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Open consultations

  • Leading Greater Essex 2022 Application

    Leading Greater Essex 2022 Application More

    Closes 10 December 2021

  • 'Leading Greater Essex' Alumni Survey

    With more than 200 leaders having already successfully completed 'Leading Greater Essex' since 2016, ECC is interested in forming an Alumni network for individuals who have participated in it. ECC hopes that an alumni network will enable past and present participants to build an... More

    Closes 13 December 2021

  • My Time Activity Camp Bookings 21

    My Time Activity Camp was set up at the beginging of 2017. With a view to give young people in care a choice in respite and the chance to make life long memories with peers from simular backgroungs. We have completed over 10 camps and our feedback from young people is 5star More

    Closes 17 December 2021

  • Jaywick Sands to Clacton consultation Nov 2021

    Jaywick Sands to Clacton consultation Earlier this summer, we undertook a consultation which included the proposal to transform the current route between Jaywick Sands and the National Cycle Route 150 into a shared cycle route. The aim is to make it as safe and... More

    Closes 20 December 2021

  • Carers Survey

    This survey is for carers in Essex aged 18+. If you are a young carer aged under 18, please complete our survey for young carers . Essex County Council is committed to supporting people who care for others, that is people who look after someone that otherwise wouldn’t be able to... More

    Closes 23 December 2021

Closed consultations

  • Scheme for Financing Schools 2022-23

    The consultation concerns a proposed change to the Scheme for Financing Schools from 1 st April 2022. This consultation is for all nursery schools, mainstream schools, special schools and pupil referral units that are maintained by the Authority. More

    Closed 5 December 2021

  • Enhanced Partnership

    In March 2021 the Department for Transport published the National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better. The National Bus Strategy says Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) should produce a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which sets out how LTAs, working closely with their local bus operators and... More

    Closed 3 December 2021

  • Proposal to expand Tendring Primary School from September 2023

    Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of Tendring Primary School, Essex County Council is exploring the possibility of expanding the school (on a phased basis) to 210 places from September 2023, so that it may admit cohorts of 30 children into its Reception Year going forward... More

    Closed 2 December 2021

  • Proposal to expand Riverside Primary School from September 2022

    Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of Riverside Primary School, Essex County Council is exploring the possibility of expanding the school (on a phased basis) to 420 places from September 2022, so that it may admit cohorts of 60 children into its Reception Year going forward... More

    Closed 2 December 2021

  • Domestic Abuse Support for Housing Associations - Market Engagement Questionnaire

    The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (The Act) received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021. Part 4 of The Act places a statutory duty on Tier 1 Authorities relating to providing support to victims of domestic abuse (DA) and their children residing within safe accommodation, which includes their home where... More

    Closed 30 November 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We asked

We engaged with the public in November/December 2020 about our proposals to address air quality issues in an area of Basildon.

Locations on a stretch of the A127 and two areas to the south of it (most notably on the A132 East Mayne) have been identified as exceeding legal limits for nitrogen dioxide - a harmful gas caused by vehicle emissions. Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council were directed by Government to improve air quality on the A127 as quickly as possible and a new 50mph speed limit was introduced earlier this year.

The councils were also instructed to carry out further analysis to establish what measures would be needed to bring air quality to within legal levels as soon as possible on East Mayne (A132). We, therefore, investigated a series of options and scenarios.

As a result of that work, we identified a preferred option – the relocation of the shared pedestrian and cyclist route on East Mayne to reduce people’s exposure to air pollution in the worst affected area (central reservation) and remove the requirement for the location to be reportable.

Our technical work has shown this measure would result in compliance with legal air quality levels on East Mayne in 2022, while avoiding any disproportionate impact on residents and businesses.

Residents, businesses and visitors to Basildon, as well as any other interested parties, were encouraged to have their say on our proposals by completing our Basildon Air Quality Survey.

An online brochure complemented the survey to set the scene, provide the background to the project and the subject of air quality, explain the preferred option and outline other efforts to tackle air pollution in Basildon.

You said

In total, we received 164 responses to the public engagement survey – all of which were submitted online. These provided a valuable insight into people’s thoughts about air quality, sustainable modes of travel and our scheme to relocate the pedestrian and cyclist route.

  • 81% of respondents indicated they felt improving air quality was an important issue
  • 74% said they were concerned about the impacts of poor air quality on the health of them, their family and friends
  • 88% were concerned about the impacts of poor air quality on the environment
  • 63% of those who responded to the survey said that, given the need to bring air quality in East Mayne to legal levels in the shortest possible time, they were either supportive (or very supportive) of the preferred option or described their views on the option as ‘neutral’. 37% described themselves as opposed (or very opposed) to the preferred option
  • 52% of respondents indicated they thought the preferred option would have an impact in reducing people’s exposure to air pollution, while 46% said they thought it would have no significant impact and 2% did not know
  • 96% of people described the information provided as part of the public engagement as either helpful (73%) or ‘neither helpful nor unhelpful’ (23%)

We also noted concerns expressed about the perceived impacts of the preferred option on traffic flow, congestion, and the increased crossing points and journey times for pedestrian and cyclists, notably those travelling in the north/south direction between Wickford and Basildon.

We did

The data collected as part of the survey enabled us to gain a fuller understanding of people’s views on air quality and our proposals to help inform the decision-making processes and our outline business case for the scheme.

It also enabled us to identify potential issues and concerns and to ensure that any feedback about our proposals can be taken into consideration as they are developed further.

Having considered people’s feedback, an outline business case for the scheme has now been approved by both Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council and has been submitted to the Government for approval.

Following comments about the increased journey times and number of crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Wickford and Basildon, potential future mitigation measures are being investigated. Design changes have also been made to the scheme to widen parts of the proposed crossing route.

The public had a further opportunity to comment on the amended proposals during a public notice period in April/May 2021.

A full business case is expected to be submitted this summer, with construction of the scheme scheduled to start in the autumn and be completed in the winter, bringing air quality to within legal levels in 2022.

To find out more about the proposed scheme, please visit

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