Essex County Council is responsible for the provision of a range of environmental services that affect the lives of residents in a variety of ways.
These are the issues relating to topics such as:
Essex County Council often shares responsibility for these issues with local government bodies. We are also responsible for ensuring that issues relating to wildlife and biodiversity are considered at a local level, ensuring that the unique mixture of eco-habitats within the county are recognised, utilised and managed for the good of the residents and future generations.
In addition to local issues, Essex County Council also provides a range of practical and advisory environmental services relating to landscape and urban design across the county. Through the Essex Design Initiative
, Essex County Council works with district council planning departments, developers and architects to ensure that the county remains a great place to live, and that growth and development is managed in a sustainable way that delivers maximum benefit to residents.
Essex County Council has a responsibility to the residents of Essex to manage the county's natural resources, the environment and reducing the direct environmental impacts of delivering its services. This is why the authority is committed to managing its own environmental impacts, encouraging and supporting others to do the same, and continuously improving the environment for the benefit of residents and businesses by signing an environmental statement
. The statement summarises the authority's key objectives and vision.
Information about Essex County Council’s role in responding to emergency situations in the county.