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

  • 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

    Closes 14 June 2020

  • 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

    Closes 30 June 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 June 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 July 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

Forthcoming consultations

  • Workforce development virtual training evaluation

    Please complete this evaluation survey to help us shape the future of our training offer. Essex County Council, Workforce Development and Performance is collecting this information for reporting, monitoring and promoting our training. Your responses will be treated in confidence and... More

    Opens 9 June 2020

Closed consultations

  • 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

  • Introduction to Home Composting - Workshops 2020

    Sign-up to a free 'Introduction to Home Composting' Workshop to learn how to compost at home. If you attend the workshop you will then receive a compost bin delivered to your home, for free! Usually this is delivered to you within 6 weeks of the workshop. Compost bins are limited to... More

    Closed 30 April 2020

  • Consultation for Wickford PRU

    Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new Wickford Pupil Referral Unit, Alderney Gardens, Wickford. More

    Closed 30 April 2020

  • Consultation for Stebbing Primary School

    Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new build accommodation at Stebbing Primary School. More

    Closed 29 April 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.