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.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We Asked

Essex County Council, (ECC), used to fund service 322 from Old Harlow Post Office to Newport and Saffron Walden secondary Schools, one morning and one evening journey Monday – Friday, school days only.

In January 2018 Stephenson’s of Essex incorporated this ECC funded journey (Old Harlow – Little Hallingbury), into their commercial 441 Takeley to Saffron Walden service.This contract (Old Harlow – Little Hallingbury section of the route), was due for renewal in July 2018 and the cost per passenger exceeded £5.00 for this section of the journey.

Under the County Council’s policy for bus service support it will not usually support services where the cost exceeds £5.00.

The Proposal was as only one passenger appeared to be travelling on the ECC funded section of the route, it was proposed that the section be removed and the commercial 441 service revert back to its previous timetable (i.e. Takeley to Saffron Walden High School).

The consultation therefore put forward the following question: Would you like to see the service revert to its previous route?

You Said

Key conclusions

Respondent themed responses said they did not want to see services cut and stated the withdrawal would not affect them

We Did

Notification of withdrawal from 31 July 2018

As only one passenger was using this service and 6 out of 8 responders indicated they would like to go back to the previous route, it was recommend and agreed that the ECC supported section of the route (Old Harlow to Little Hallingbury) should be withdrawn due to very low usage.

We Asked

The Essex Health Wellbeing Board has many responsibilities with one key responsibility being to develop and produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). PNAs looks specifically at the current provision of pharmaceutical services in Essex and determines whether these pharmaceutical services meet the needs of the population and determines if there are any potential gaps to current service delivery

You Said

A contractor survey was undertaken from May to June 2017. A resident survey was undertaken in May/June 2017 of the views of Essex residents on the current pharmaceutical services provision. Once completed the results of both surveys were analysed by ECC’s Intelligence and Insight team. The contractor survey results were validated against data from NHS choices and NHS England.

We Did

The new PNA was created and signed off for the time period 2018 - 2021

We will continue to assess and develop pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of the population as this is an essential component to improve the health and individuals in Essex. We have concluded that at present we have adequate choice and access to pharmaceutical services in order to meet the needs of our population.

We Asked


Following the review of local bus services carried out in 2015/16 in which the Council asked bus users for their views on what services they wanted to see, a number of services were changed in April 2016. One of these was service 15 which had operated from Straight Road via Shrub End, Prettygate shops, Scott Drive and Halstead Road Corner to Colchester Mainline Station on a broadly 15 minute frequency. This was changed to operate to Marks Tey Station to allow access from Marks Tey to a number of emerging developments in response to the results of the area review. In order to improve overall efficiency and cost effectiveness, the service was also reduced in frequency so it could be operated half hourly by one bus instead of the two it had at the time.

The Council considered reverting this bus service to its previous route, and therefore providing a broadly ½ hourly service 0525 - 0710 and 1755 - 1940.

Would you like to see the service revert to its previous route?

You Said

74% of respondents agreed with proposal
26% of respondents disagreed with proposal

Please see final report for summary of qualitative themed responses

We Did

Changes were made to the service to ensure it remained viable and to do so, the new residents in Stanway were provided with a service to enable commuter access to Marks Tey station where Greater Anglia provide a direct, regular train service to both London and Ipswich. Hedingham are looking at widening the service to include areas which have not yet benefitted from a service, thus improving accessibility for a number of residents.


Final Decision

After due consideration, the decision was made that the service should not revert back to its original route until the full potential of the service serving Marks Tey is known.