Essex County Council is asking residents for their views on green spaces and infrastructure in Essex. The council has produced a draft Green Essex Strategy that considers how to develop quality green infrastructure and green spaces across Essex.
The Green Essex strategy wants to enhance, protect and create high-quality green infrastructure which will provide environmental, social and economic benefits for Greater Essex.
From parks to woods; coastlines to estuary; verges to fields, high quality, well-maintained green infrastructure supports improved health and wellbeing, attracts businesses and increases tourism.
The Council – alongside its partner's – wants to protect and grow the green spaces in Essex but to do this needs to understand how the public use green spaces and if they don't why not?
Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “Essex is an incredibly scenic county filled with green spaces, from lush woodland, such as Thames Chase Community Forest, to dramatic coastlines to cherished landscapes. Dedham Vale is one such landscape that is officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are nature reserves, sites of scientific interest and country parks, not to mention the miles of road side verges, footpaths and bridleways. It is important to not only protect our green spaces, but also to encourage people to use and care for them. By completing the consultation on the Green Essex Strategy consultation, you are playing your part by inputting into how we can ensure our green spaces are protected for future generations."
We are asking residents to help us understand how they use green spaces by taking part in our consultation – comments will help finalise the Green Essex Strategy, identify priorities and develop the Green Essex action plan.
Take part here before the 14 June to take part. Hard copies of the draft strategy are available at the 12 main Essex libraries.