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Brentwood aims to tackle empty homes problem

Brentwood is set to recruit a specialised officer to try to get potentially hundreds of empty properties back into use.

Rayleigh arts centre flats plan scrapped

Plans to turn a town’s popular arts and events centre into flats and a scaled-down community hall will be scrapped

More motorists to be banned from new roads

Motorists in taxis and motorbikes, as well as cyclists, are set to be receive a new ban from travelling through

Costly county council landfill waste policy “just cannot go on”

A £73million deal to continue sending waste to landfill has been agreed by Essex County Council amid a fallout from

County’s public health in “horrendous decline”

Public health in Essex is in “horrendous decline” with high rates of obesity, suicide and alcohol misuse, a doctor has

Care sector where workers are paid less than fruit pickers “unsustainable”

Care workers providing a vital service by caring for adults in their homes can earn more money “picking pears”, a

Poor investment blamed for lack of interest in Brentwood community halls

Community halls in Brentwood are failing to receive takeover bids because the former management company didn’t put enough money into

Planning submission for huge garden village aims to have first residents housed by 2024

The first of 3,700 homes to create a huge £780million garden settlement in Brentwood could be occupied within three years.

Anti-depressant prescriptions rise among children

Suicide rates have fallen in Essex – but more children and teens in the county needed mental health support and

SATS levels to be reset following pandemic

The base level standards at which primary schools are measured are being reset because of the length of time children