Consultations In Essex

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

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  • Air Quality in Basildon – Business Survey

    Locations on a stretch of the A127 and two areas to the south of it (Upper Mayne and East Mayne) in Basildon have been identified as exceeding legal limits for nitrogen dioxide. Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council were directed by Government to improve air quality on the A127 as... More

    Closes 24 April 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 30 April 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

    Closes 26 May 2020

  • Essex Care Leavers Charter

    Your Views Matter Our Charter is a set of SIX promises we make to our care leavers. Please complete this short survey so that we can better understand your experiences and know whether the Charter is working for you. What you tell us in this survey will be kept safe. You can choose to... More

    Closes 6 November 2020

  • Essex Organisations Plastic Pledge

    Take the Essex Plastic Pledge for your local organisation. You will receive a waste reduction pack and an e-newsletter packed full of hints and tips. More

    Closes 31 December 2020

Closed consultations

  • 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

    Closed 20 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

    Closed 20 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

    Closed 13 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

    Closed 2 March 2020

  • 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

    Closed 2 March 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.