Residents can now register a birth, death or notice of marriage at 18 conveniently placed community hubs across Essex after the final venues went live.
Essex County Council is creating pioneering new community hubs across the county offering a range of services under one roof.
The community hubs allow registration services to share space within pre-existing libraries and other community venues, such as town halls.
Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Corporate, Communities and Customers, said: “Community hubs offer a number of services in one easy to access space.
“They are a common sense solution to towns where different council services are dotted about in a number of separate buildings.
“Each community hub is unique and will offer different local services depending on the need in that area.
“We are currently exploring sharing space with police, district council services and voluntary services at a number of locations to make the best use of our public buildings to save money for the taxpayer.
“I would like to reassure residents that all appointments to register a birth or death will continue to take place in a private and comfortable space.”
The new registration points are:
- Basildon Library
- Braintree Library
- Brentwood Town Hall
- Burghstead Lodge, Billericay
- Chelmsford Library
- Clacton Library
- Colchester Library and Community Hub
- Dunmow Library
- Epping Library
- Halstead Hospital
- Harlow Library
- Harwich Library
- Maldon Library
- Rayleigh Library
- Rochford Library
- South Benfleet Library
- Uttlesford District Council Office
- Witham Library
Appointments can be booked quickly and easily online or by calling 0345 603 7632.
In yet another move to simplify and improve services, residents can also now request a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate online which can then be posted directly to their home.
The service is now live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the Essex Record Office and is available at http://www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/services/registration-certificates.