Consultations In Essex

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

Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, you can search for consultations by keyword, postcode, or interest.

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Open consultations

  • Hearing from our community

    Essex County Council is interested in understanding how residents have used the Essex Coronavirus Action Support Facebook group and whether it has been a helpful source of information and support. In an age of social distancing we are interested in the effectiveness of... More

    Closes 2 December 2020

  • 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 December 2020

  • The impacts of lockdown on Essex residents

    This survey relates to the second national covid-19 lockdown from the 5th November 2020. Essex County Council is interested in understanding how Essex residents have interpretted the covid-19 lockdown guidance and where they look for information, advice and support. In an... More

    Closes 9 December 2020

  • Braiswick Primary School RL Consultation

    Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed Temporary Relocatable Classroom (RL) at Braiswick Primary School, Apprentice Drive, Colchester, CO4 5SE More

    Closes 10 December 2020

  • High Chelmer car share 2020

    This questionnaire is to analyse how existing car sharers plan to travel to County Hall once it reopens on a larger scale than currently. More

    Closes 11 December 2020

Forthcoming consultations

  • New Rickstones Academy and Southview School Consultation

    Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to proposals for a new teaching block for New Rickstones Academy and the provision of new Sixth Form, Residential and Hydrotherapy facilities for Southview School, Conrad Road, Witham. More

    Opens 1 December 2020

Closed consultations

  • Essex Data Asset Map 2020

    As part of the Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ecda) we are keen to identify opportunities for shared learning and development across the public sector in Essex. To help us improve our work together we want to understand the current level of capabilities within our organisations. The... More

    Closed 27 November 2020

  • Childcare in Essex - parents' views

    At Essex County Council we are in the process of renewing our plans for early years and childcare via the Early Years and Childcare Strategy for Essex 2021 – 2026 . We also have a legal responsibility to make sure there is the right sort, and amount, of childcare across... More

    Closed 24 November 2020

  • Leading Greater Essex 2020 Application

    Leading Greater Essex 2020 Application More

    Closed 20 November 2020

  • Brentwood Borough Council, Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021/22

    What is Council Tax Reduction, and Council Tax Support? Council Tax Reduction is help with Council Tax for working age residents on a low income. The scheme is based on the following basic principles: Entitlement is based on a banded table which... More

    Closed 15 November 2020

  • Resident survey for Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT)

    What is Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT)? Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT) operates flexibly, where you want, when you want (think of it like a shared Uber). It is not like a conventional bus, which runs to a fixed timetable, stops and routes. A D-DRT... More

    Closed 8 November 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.