Consultations In Essex

Public participation is very important to the development of Essex County Council's services, projects and policies.

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Open consultations

  • Essex Forest Initiative Parish Survey

    A survey intended to gather information from parish councils who are interested in the Essex Forest Initiative. More

    Closes 4 July 2020

  • Amalgamation of St George's Infant School and Nursery and St George's New Town Junior School

    Essex County Council (ECC), together with the governing bodies of St George’s Infant School and Nursery and St George’s New Town Junior School, is consulting on a proposal to create a single primary and nursery school, under the unified leadership of one headteacher and one governing body.... More

    Closes 9 July 2020

  • Essex Rural Strategy 2020 consultation

    Essex Rural Strategy Questionnaire The Essex Rural Strategy 2020-2024 Essex is a rural county with 72% of its land area designated as rural. The Essex Rural Partnership ( brings together a wide range of organisations from... More

    Closes 10 July 2020

  • Virtual Sessions

    The Involvement Service have teamed up with Activie Essex to bring free activities to your lounge. The sessions will be done via Zoom To take part please fill in the form. Choose what sessions you will be present at then once this is done we will send you a Zoom Link. More

    Closes 11 July 2020

  • Proposal to expand Lawford CE Primary School from September 2021

    Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of Lawford Primary School, Essex County Council is exploring the possibility of expanding the school (on a phased basis) to 420 places from September 2021, so that it may admit cohorts of 60 children into its Reception Year going forward... More

    Closes 16 July 2020

Forthcoming consultations

  • Consultation for Clacton County High School

    The Proposed Expansion of Clacton County High School, 51 Walton Rd, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6DZ. Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new build accommodation at Clacton County High School. More

    Opens 6 July 2020

  • Consultation for Friars Grove Primary

    Proposed Relocatable Buildings (RL) replacement at Friars Grove Primary School, Upland Drive, Colchester, CO4 0PZ. Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new build accommodation at Friars Grove Primary School. More

    Opens 6 July 2020

  • Consultation for Sweyne Park School

    Proposed Expansion of Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BZ. Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new build accommodation at Sweyne Park School. More

    Opens 6 July 2020

Closed consultations

  • Care leaver experiences

    Essex County Council wants to hear from you about your experiences of the lockdown. Your views, and the views of other care leavers, will help the Council provide the right support during this pandemic. More

    Closed 30 June 2020

  • Consultation for Lawford Primary School

    Proposed Expansion of Lawford Primary School, Long Rd, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2EF More

    Closed 28 June 2020

  • Rejuvenating Clacton Town Centre

    Tendring District Council and Essex County Council have been working with businesses and other bodies to draw up proposals for Clacton Town Centre to be put forward in a bid for government’s Future High Streets Fund. Clacton Town Centre has been shortlisted by the government for this... More

    Closed 14 June 2020

  • Essex County Council Housing Strategy

    Essex County Council Housing Strategy: Draft Consultation Summary Document Proposed approach, goals and high-level actions for comment, February 2020 Vision and priorities Housing matters to Essex County Council (ECC). We are signatories to the... More

    Closed 26 May 2020

  • Composting Competition May 2020

    To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week we are giving away a £100 National Gardening gift card to one lucky winner. For a chance to WIN this gift card, simply click the link and give us your views on composting at home. More

    Closed 24 May 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.