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Essex County Council news

How do you use our Green Spaces?
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.

We are looking to hear from residents to find out how they use green spaces, and if they don't why not? Comments will help finalise the Green Essex Strategy, identify priorities and develop the Green Essex action plan.

Visit the Green Essex Strategy consultation page to take part. Closing date: 14 June 2019

Concessionary Bus Passes on Essex County Council run Park and Ride services May 2019
Essex County Council is consulting on the use of the older person's bus pass on County Council run Park and Ride services in Essex. Also consulting on making a reduced charge for people using the disability based bus pass before 9am on the Park and Ride services. This consultation gives the opportunity to let ECC know your views about the proposals.

The consultation commences on 8th May and will run until 31 July 2019, it will be available online at:

Paper copies of the questionnaire will be available from the Sandon, Chelmer Valley and Colchester Park and Ride sites.

Poster: click here 
Consultation: click here 
FAQ: click here 

If you have any queries, please contact  

Road surfacing update for Mersea Island (posted January 2019)
Several roads in West Mersea will resurfaced, please click on the link for more details: essexhighways 


Recycling Vouchers (posted June 2019)
Colchester Borough Council are making improvements to the free recycling container process. From 10th June residents will need to download a voucher from the website ( before collecting a container from a stockist (West Mersea Town Council office or West Mersea Library). The voucher scheme is currently used for garden bags and it will be extended to cover rolls of clear bags, large food caddies, small food caddies, glass/can recycling boxes.

All residents collecting a container or bags must present a voucher first. This could be a printed voucher or an e-voucher on a mobile device.

Over time the voucher scheme will help CBC to get a better picture of the levels of demand each stockist is facing and they hope to be able to pre-empt stock shortages/cross over between ordering replacement containers and residents attending locations where stock has been depleted.

If you have any questions, please contact CBC on 01206 282700 or email 

Poster: Recycling vouchers