Essex Rural Strategy 2020 consultation

Closed 24 Jul 2020

Opened 19 Feb 2020

Results updated 7 Jan 2021

The consultation has now been completed and the consultation report can be accessed below.



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 the public, private and voluntary sectors to co-ordinate action on the major challenges facing the county’s rural areas.

Since 2016, the Essex Rural Strategy has provided the focus for its work setting out a shared vision of a thriving future and helping to shape the priorities of those who provide services to rural communities.

The Essex Rural Strategy has a four year timespan so it is now time to review and refresh it, ready for a relaunch in 2020.

How you can help us

We would like to know:

  • What issues are important in rural areas
  • What you like about life in rural areas
  • What causes concern in rural areas
  • What could be done to improve life in rural areas
  • Who might be able to help us achieve this

This questionnaire is open to all Essex residents however we are seeking views particularly from:

  • People who live in rural areas
  • People who work in rural areas
  • People who own businesses in rural areas
  • People who visit rural areas for recreation or access to services

The current Rural-Urban Classification used by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) defines areas as rural, “if they fall outside of settlements with more than 10,000 resident population”.

How you can give us your comments

  • You can complete a questionnaire on-line. Please give us your feedback before 30/06/20. We will not be able to include views submitted after this date.
  • If you have any queries about the Essex Rural Strategy please call Elizabeth Rose at 01376 574330 or email
  • If you require a paper copy of the survey due to COVID-19 this can only be sent via email for printing off as RCCE staff are currently working remotely.  Please contact via email only to Elizabeth Rose (details above).

What will happen next?        

We will write up all of the feedback we receive in a written report, which will be used to inform the priorities and aims of the refreshed Essex Rural Strategy. The report will be available on Consultation portal at and in accessible formats on request.

Other formats and languages                                                  

If you would like this questionnaire in another format (such as Large Print, audio version, Easy Read or Braille) or in an alternative language, please contact us at the details above.

What you need to know about completing this questionnaire

  • All information gathered will be anonymous. This means that your name will not be published.
  • This activity is voluntary and you can decide not to take part at any point.

Data Protection and your privacy

  • The information you provide as part of this questionnaire is anonymised and will only be used to analyse the public response to the proposals set out in this questionnaire. Your data will not be shared with a third party other than as strictly required to allow the analysis to take place.
  • Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 We have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you.
  • We will not share your personal details with any other agency unless we have concerns that you or another individual may be at risk of harm of if it is required by law.
  • We do not collect personal information for commercial purposes.


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  • Community initiatives
  • Community development
  • Community transport
  • Transport planning
  • Democracy
  • Policy making