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Other environmental issues

15 March 2018

In addition to the programmes, policies and strategies covered below, the council is also engaged in issues such as:

Water scarcity

In England, the average person uses about 150 litres of water a day – that’s about a tonne a week! This is water that has been cleaned, treated and pumped from reservoirs, rivers and aquifers, and too much of it still leaks out of pipes before it ever gets into the home.
Essex is particularly prone to drought, being located in one of the driest parts of the UK.
Development of mitigation strategies is on-going. For more information please see your individual supplier websites.


Eco-Schools is an international award programme that has guided schools on their sustainable journey for more than 20 years, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Their mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities. Eco-Schools improve pupils' skills, raise environmental awareness, improve the school environment and also create financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.

Sustainable Development Planning Guidance

As part of Essex County Council's commitment to make Essex a great place to grow up, live and work we are working with planners to review our Local Development Plans to secure sustainable development and protect the environment . We will focus on reviewing our green infrastructure, climate change mitigation, adaptation and coastal projects and strategies.


When developing Neighbourhood Plans and other planning documents you may find the following useful: