Consultations In Essex

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

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Open consultations

  • Your Experience of Childrens Services during lockdown

    The Children and Young People with Disabilities Service want to know about your experiences during lockdown and how well we have supported you. We will use the information received to improve our service offer and we will share the results with the Essex Family Forum More

    Closes 30 September 2020

  • Essex MACE 1 Feedback Form

    Following the review of the Essex multi-agency Missing and Child Exploitation (MACE) meetings in the summer of 2019, this feedback form is seeking your views on the changes implemented from the review. More

    Closes 9 October 2020

  • Claim for Free Compost Bin from 'Introduction to Home Composting' Webinar

    Claim for a free compost bin from an 'Introduction to Home Composting' Webinar by the Love Essex team. More

    Closes 12 October 2020

  • School Funding Consultation 2021-22 to 2023-24

    The consultation concerns proposed changes to the Essex Formula for Financing Schools (the Essex local formula) for the financial / academic years 2021/22 – 2023/24. The consultation is for all primary and secondary schools, both maintained and academies. The Essex local formula... More

    Closes 16 October 2020

  • COVID-19 Adult Social Care Survey

    Overview Essex County Council (ECC) and partners want to understand what people’s experiences during Covid-19 has been like over the last few months. Your individual support or services you access won't be directly affected by completing the survey . The responses you share will... More

    Closes 18 October 2020

Closed consultations

  • Your Views Matter 2020

    As part of this year's virtual It's My Life Festival we are seeking your knowledge and expertise to help us better understand the views of children and young people. What you tell us is confidential and will be aggregated, along with the views of other professionals, to help improve our... More

    Closed 19 September 2020

  • Questions for Partners from CE & Missing Subcommittee

    The Executive Board is keen to gather reflections from partners in Essex about how their service has adapted because of Covid-19 restrictions. This feedback will be useful in thinking about how we are meeting the needs of children and their families now and in the future. We appreciate your... More

    Closed 11 September 2020

  • Summer Virtual Sessions

    After the suces of our pilot sessions. The Involvement Service have teamed up with Activie Essex and the Music Service to bring free activities to your lounge. The sessions will be done via Zoom All activities will take part on a tuesday afternoon. To take part please fill in the... More

    Closed 31 August 2020

  • Outdoor Cinema

    Sign up to our outdoor cinema showing either Trolls World Tour on 26th August gates open at 7:00pm film starts at 8:00pm Mary Poppins Returns on 27th August gates open at 7:00pm film starts at 8:00pm More

    Closed 27 August 2020

  • Consultation for Colne Community College

    The Proposed Expansion of Colne Community School and College Church Rd, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0QL. Invitation to review an Online Public Exhibition relating to the proposed new build accommodation at Colne Community School and College . More

    Closed 17 August 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.