We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the different proposals we have consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

Service 11 operates Monday to Friday with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). ECC considered amending the Monday – Friday timetable and carried out a public consultation regarding this proposal between 28 November 2018 and 02 January 2019. 

Due to congestion around Severalls Business Park and Colchester North Station in the late afternoon and evening, ECC proposed amending the existing timetable with the aim of improving reliability.

The Proposal 

  • The timings of some the morning journeys to be slightly adjusted
  • Journey times in the evening to be longer and as a result the number of journeys to be reduced to provide more running time.

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

You Said

Key conclusions

A high number of responses said they agreed with the changes. 

We Did

Summary

On the basis of the outcome of the consultation, it was agreed to amend the timetable in accordance with the proposal.

Final Decision

The new timetable will come into operation on Monday 18 March, stakeholders have been informed.

We Asked

Introduction

Service 381 operates Monday to Saturdays with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). ECC considered amending the Monday – Friday timetable and carried out a public consultation regarding this proposal for 6 weeks between 16 October 2018 and 26 November 2018


Due to low passenger numbers in the early morning and late afternoon period, ECC looked at ways to increase patronage on the 381 service and proposed to make the changes below.

The service to start at 6:55 from Coopersale to Epping Station with another run at 07:25, the timetable will then resume the current operation from Coopersale to Harlow from 7:55. The last two journeys of the day will operate between Epping Station - Coopersale at 18:05 and 18:30.

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 change and a number of respondents stated the withdrawal would affect them, there routine and community.

We Did

Summary

On the basis of the outcome of the consultation, it was agreed to take no action at this time.

Final Decision

As the comments from the survey were not conclusive, Essex County Council has decided to take no action following the consultation. The running of the service will be monitored further and Officers propose to meet with Local Parish Councils over the coming months to see how the current service can be improved for local residents.

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

Background:


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.

Proposal:
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.