ECC Budget Consultation ends 3rd December

Last chance to share your views on Essex County Council’s budget plans for the coming financial year.

Residents and businesses can now share how they think Essex County Council should prioritise its 2024/25 budget, as part of a new consultation.

The consultation on the county council’s 2024/25 budget is open until Sunday 3 December. It can be completed here:

Next year, the council will spend over £2 billion on essential services, as well as investment in the county’s infrastructure and future growth. 

The council has a track record of robust financial management, having saved £235 million over the past five years.

However, the financial outlook for local authorities in general is highly uncertain. This is in large part due to the significant impacts of high inflation, rising interest rates and the continued pressure of the cost-of-living situation.

With this uncertain outlook in mind, the council is asking residents and businesses for their views on:

  • the big issues it faces and the challenges that lie ahead for Essex
  • the things that concern you and your family
  • where we should focus resources as we work to improve lives across our county

The responses received will be used to inform the delivery of Everyone’s Essex in 2024/25 and beyond.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Chancellor of Essex, said: “We don’t have all the answers when it comes to addressing the challenges we face locally and nationally. Like many households across Essex, we must also make difficult choices about where we spend our budget and where to make savings.  

“We can learn a lot from our communities and it’s important we create opportunities for people and businesses to help inform our priorities for the coming year. A positive way of doing this is by sharing your views during the consultation.”

The consultation on the county council’s 2024/25 budget is open until Sunday 3 December. It can be completed here:

10:34, 29 Nov 2023 by Claire Waters

Braintree District Council

Garden Waste collections end for winter

Garden Waste suspension

Garden waste suspension

Garden waste collections will start to be withdrawn from Monday 27 November 2023 depending on recycling collection dates.

Residents can check their final garden waste date by using the look-up table or by downloading a calendar from our website.

Next year, garden waste bins will not be collected unless residents have signed up for the new subscription service.

Please share this with your communities.


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08:32, 27 Nov 2023 by Claire Waters

Braintree District Council

Budget news 2024-2025

Budget process for 2024-25 begins

Budget 2023/4

Initial budget proposals to deliver a balanced budget for 2024-25 will be discussed by our Cabinet soon, recognising the continued financial pressures and challenges ahead that we face.  

Nationally many councils are facing immediate financial pressures within a challenging and uncertain economic environment, with continuing inflationary pressures combined with an increased demand for council services.

We face a £2.181m budget gap over the next four years.

We plan to use some of our financial reserves to address the short-term budget gap and mitigate areas of potential financial risk to the council, as well as a mix of spending reductions, additional income and continued careful financial management.

But we're also preparing to meet our longer-term challenges and address the budget gap through a comprehensive transformation programme. Work is already underway looking at how the council works and what opportunities exist to deliver services through collaboration and partnerships, as well as closely scrutinising how we use our assets, whilst continuing to deliver and invest in essential services for residents and businesses.  

Sound financial management and the ability to deliver savings and efficiencies and generate more income over many years has left the council in a strong position. But we are not complacent as we continue to face significant challenges ahead and need to address the longer-term budget gap. With less funding available and more people needing our support, we are doing everything we can to provide value for money and making sure our council is fit for the future.  

The budget proposals will be discussed by Cabinet on Monday 27 November and February next year, with the final budget being agreed at Full Council in February 2024.

Read more about our current budget position on our website: which includes a link to the Cabinet report.

08:28, 27 Nov 2023 by Claire Waters

BDC Garden Waste Collections

Withdrawn from Monday 27 November 2023

Garden Waste collection information

Image which says This year garden waste collections will stop during the winter months

This year’s garden waste collections will start to be withdrawn from Monday 27 November 2023 depending on your recycling collection date.

You can check your final green bin date by using our look up table or by downloading your calendar from our website.

Next year your garden bin will not be collected unless you have signed up for the new subscription service and have applied your permit sticker to the green bin.  Permit stickers will be sent out before the service goes live from 4 March 2024. 

Sign up for the garden waste annual subscription service
08:49, 21 Nov 2023 by Claire Waters

Community 360 news

Newsletter and support November 2023

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17 NOVEMBER 2023

Welcome to C360 News, packed with interesting articles on the local and national community sector including; partner updates, funding, volunteering opportunities as well as events. We will also keep you updated on our training courses which are available both in-house and via our partners. If you would like us to include an article at any time, please email:
We share our C360 News and other interesting facts through our social media platforms.  Please help promote ours and our partners' news by sharing throughout your own networks and encouraging colleagues to follow us.  

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Winter Campaign to Support the City’s most Vulnerable Launched

One Colchester Strategic Partnership has announced the launch of its annual Winter Resilience Campaign.

Supporting the most vulnerable over the coming winter months, the campaign brings together a strategic partnership of public, community and voluntary sector groups who provide funding and community spirit to help residents stay safe, warm, well and connected,

The project provides advice and support through the One Colchester initiative delivering roadshows in the community and distributing winter packs to those affected by the cold weather, including families on low incomes, people living with long-term health conditions or at risk of social isolation.

The launch took place at The One Colchester Community Hub at a cost of living and winter resilience event organised by Community360. The event was supported by over 20 organisations offering information on health, social prescribing and cost of living support.

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Ever thought about driving a community minibus?  

Ever thought about driving a community minibus?  We are seeking experienced minibus drivers for our Community Transport scheme, which covers the Colchester and Chelmsford boroughs and Maldon district.
This is a rewarding role where you can truly make a difference to people’s lives, enabling the more vulnerable people to access services. 
Join our team and know that the trip you have just provided has put a smile on a member’s face.

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or give us a call to chat about the role on 01206 216600

Have your say on plans for the new Garden Community

Since the end of July 2023 Community360 have attended more than 20 events and network meetings speaking to over 400 people in communities including St Anne’s and St John’s, Wivenhoe, Greenstead and across Colchester Central and South Neighbourhoods.

There will be a second round of consultation running from the 27th November to the 12 December, including face to face and online engagement events.  
We look forward to seeing as many people as possible. 

We have also been welcomed into community groups and would be delighted to come along and speak to any groups and members about how they can get involved. We would love to hear from you, please get in touch.

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Have Your Say! Heart of Greenstead

Give your feedback on proposals for the new Greenstead Multi-use Community Hub which is being developed with residents needs at the heart. 
Drop in and complete the survey at one of the in-person to talk to the architects. The first 30 people at each event will receive a £5 voucher for Kelly’s Kafe:

Greenstead Community Centre
Mon 20 & 27 Nov 9am – 12 pm, Wed22 Nov 3pm – 6pm, Thurs 14 Dec 3pm – 6pm, Sat 25 Nov 12 pm- 3pm or 2 Dec 10.30am – 2pm

Hawthorn Surgery
Mon 20 November 10am – 12pm

Enoch House
Thurs 23 Nov 10am – 1pm

Divine Assembly Ministry
Wed 29 Nov11am – 1pm and 6 Dec 11am – 1pm

Find out more about the drop-in sessions or complete the digital survey here:

Empowering Co-Production in Greenstead and Communication at the Heart of Greenstead

Workshop 12- Final Dissemination Event

Date: 29th November 2023

Venue: University of Essex. CTC 3.02

Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 pm

Hear from residents and community researchers about the power of communication and co-production

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Health and wellbeing support

Whether it’s work or juggling the balance of relationships and childcare, there are many lifestyle factors that contribute to stress that eventually lead to further mental health problems. Mental Health UK have put together lots of tips and ideas covering the key areas of health and wellbeing to help you manage your mental health and feel your best self.

So let's be aware, and take some steps to take care of ourselves and the people around us.

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Let's Talk Menopause!

Are you going through menopause or know someone who is? Join the Menopause Cafe for an open and honest conversation about this important life transition.

6th December
Halstead Leisure Centre
9:30 -11am

At the Menopause Cafe you can:
  • Share your experiences in a safe, inclusive space.
  • Learn from each other's stories and insights.
  • Ask questions and get information.
  • Find reassurance that you're not alone.
Join for tea and coffee, in a relaxed setting. No fees, no sales - just friendly support and lively chat!
Also available 50p swim or gym

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InterAct Fundraising Quiz Night

InterAct Fundraising Quiz Night
Wednesday 29th November from 7pm. Quiz starts 8pm

Chelmsford Golf Club
Widford Road
Chelmsford CM2 9AP

£25 for a table of up to six people

Join InterAct for an evening of quizzing to raise money towards a new youth club for people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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Forget-Me-Not Café Halstead

Forget-Me-Not Café
Every first Tuesday of every month
10.30am - 12 noon
Enjoy a free coffee and cake at the Forget-Me-Not Café at Colne View.
Meet new friends and like-minded members of the community as well as enjoy an informal chat with Colne View specialists, share experiences and receive support.

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Colchester Stampede 
in aid of Mid and North East Essex Mind

09:31, 20 Nov 2023 by Claire Waters


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