Consultations In Essex

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

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  • The New Short Breaks Community Clubs and Activities Offer

    Section 25 of the Children and Young Persons Act requires local authorities to provide short breaks for families with disabled children. Short breaks give carers a break from their additional caring responsibilities whilst enabling children and young people to meet friends, take part in... More

    Closes today

  • Reducing Parental Conflict

    Reducing parental conflict (RPC) has been a key focus of work across Southend, Essex and Thurrock for a number of years. Resources to support parents have been developed, training opportunities for practitioners provided and a SET Parent Reference Group created to drive the wider parenting... More

    Closes 19 January 2022

  • Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026 survey for groups & organisations

    This survey is for groups/organisations. If you are responding as an individual, please complete our survey for Essex residents: The world has changed significantly in the last few years, particularly during the pandemic. With a... More

    Closes 21 January 2022

  • Draft flood risk management plan consultation - Environment Agency

    Draft flood risk management plan consultation - Environment Agency The Environment Agency have worked with us as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Essex, and other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs), to produce draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) for public consultation. We now... More

    Closes 21 January 2022

  • Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026 Survey EASY READ

    Closes 21 January 2022

Closed consultations

  • Home based support: Pre-market engagement survey

    Essex County Council are in the early stages of developing a tender for Agencies that provide support to families with children with disabilities. In order for us to do this we need to understand the issues you face as an agency and learn the relevant information that will help focus our work... More

    Closed 10 January 2022

  • Non-Registered Poultry Premises Report Form

    Non-Registered Poultry Premises Report fform EXD47 More

    Closed 7 January 2022

  • '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

    Closed 6 January 2022

  • Children's Residential Forum

    ECC will be holding a strategic provider forum, we are looking into which providers will be interested in joining the forum. There will be more information and an agenda released closer to the forum once we have confirmed the date. More

    Closed 5 January 2022

  • Harlow North to Centre Sustainable Transport Corridor

    The proposals for new Sustainable Travel Corridors in Harlow will see the creation of high-quality walking, cycling and public transport options which connect new and existing neighbourhoods quickly with key destinations such as the town centre, railway station and business areas. ... More

    Closed 5 January 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We asked

During November-December 2021 Essex County Council ran engagement surveys for both adult carers (18+) and young carers (aged 8-18) within Essex.

The survey asked about experiences of caring for someone and what things carers feel are important to support them. Focus groups were also carried out with carers in a number of locations across Essex.

You said

388 responses were received for the adult’s survey, and 72 for the young carers survey.

To see key findings from survey responses, please see our report.

We did

All of the insight shared will be used to inform the development of a new all-age carers strategy for Essex which will be consulted on in early 2022.

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.