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Work ready to start on new Chelmsford railway station after plans approved

A new railway station for Chelmsford is on target to open in 2026 after the council gave the green light

Essex budget gap set to widen by £35m due to inflation

Inflation is set to widen Essex County Council’s budget gap by another £35 million above the £119 million gap it

Essex aims to double green infrastructure by 2040

Essex County Council has pledged to help double the amount of green infrastructure land by 2040. In less than 20

Castle Point pledges to cut housing target in new local plan

A masterplan for Castle Point featuring 5,325 homes will be withdrawn to be replaced with one with a lower housing

Affordable homes plan for Castle Point refused

Plans to build dozens of affordable homes on green belt in Castle Point have been refused despite the land being

Health changes leave county with England’s ‘most complex NHS arrangements’

Essex County Council will have to deal with the most complex set of NHS arrangements in the country – meaning

High voltage pylons consultation ‘not-fit-for-purpose’

A consultation into plans to build miles of high voltage electricity pylons across swathes of Essex needs to be rewritten

Morning booking rush for GPs must change to tackle ‘unprecedented’ demand

Health directors have admitted that the 8am phone rush has to change if GP demand is met in the face

Funds for Charles Darwin exhibition reduced after concerns over ship’s anchor

Funds earmarked to resite an anchor believed to be from the ship Charles Darwin sailed on to formulate his theory

Council apologises after not updating man about mother’s care

An Essex council has apologised after failing to update a man whose health conditions prevented him from seeing his late