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About Essex

9 August 2018

The county of Essex is a complex and diverse part of the country. A great deal of information is gathered by Essex County Council, often working with partner organisations, that is used to inform decision making and future policy. 


A great deal of information about the development of the county is gathered in the National Census, which takes place every ten years. 

The Local Economic Assessment

Working with a number of partners, Essex County Council is responsible for the production of the Essex Local Economic Assessment (Essex LEA). The Essex LEA brings together a range of information to provide an accurate, impartial picture of the county, its residents, and the factors that will influence future growth and development of the economy.


The Essex LEA will inform the future development of strategy across the county for a range of stakeholders, including all of the local authorities within the area.

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Landscape Character Assessments

Landscape Character Assessment is an approach to understanding the differences between landscapes. It is a way of understanding how the landscape and its particular elements contribute to a sense of place, and can serve as a framework for decision making that respects local distinctiveness.
There are two Landscape Character Assessments produced by Essex County Council:
Landscape Character Assessments support work to maintain and conserve the landscape and its features. Communities, developers, farmers and land managers, landscape and planning professionals and others all have a role in identifying the characteristics that make a particular landscape unique. Using this understanding they can plan and manage landscape change.
For further information, visit Place Services.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Essex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a document produced by the different local authorities in Essex (Essex County Council, district and borough councils, unitary authorities) and local health authorities. It provides information about the population and their needs.
In identifying the strategic needs of Essex from a healthcare perspective, the partners have looked at a wide variety of social, demographic and environmental factors. This provides a breakdown of information from both a pan-county perspective, and from the needs of different groups within the county.
The JSNA serves as the evidence base for the Essex Strategy, an inter-agency plan to improve quality of life in the county.

Making Essex safer

Essex has 12 Community Safety Partnerships that work closely together to reduce antisocial behaviour, crime and the fear of crime. The county-wide Safer Essex Partnership tackles the issues of crime, disorder, drugs and alcohol in Essex. Keeping Essex Safe also provides information about what is being done to keep your community a safe place to live.
Local partnerships


Crime statistics for Essex

Crime within the county is measured in two ways. Firstly, the police keep a record of all crimes reported to them. Essex Police produce a crime map which shows the crime levels in different parts of the county.
Local crime data is also available from the Office for National Statistics.

Antisocial behaviour

The term antisocial behaviour is defined as that which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person.  If you are experiencing antisocial behaviour problems and wish to report it you can:
  • call 999 in an emergency;
  • call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111;
  • if the incident is not an emergency but requires police intervention call 0300 333 4444;
  • contact your local district or borough council if it is about graffiti, discarded needles, abandoned cars, rubbish or noise.
Keep a detailed record or diary of problems as they occur, including times, locations and what happened.  For further advice visit GOV.UK.


Essex Criminal Justice Board

Information on the work of the Essex Criminal Justice Board and the core criminal justice agencies can be found here.

Hate Crime 

The police service has launched a new way for victims of hate crime to report hate crime online. The website, called True Vision, is supported by all forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and can be accessed at