Property, Investment & Delivery
The Property, Investment & Delivery function develops the Council’s ambitious capital programme (over £1.5 billion in the next five years) and builds new capital infrastructure across Essex. This includes delivering new assets such as schools and roads, as well as serving and maintaining the Council’s £1.7 billion estate. This estate covers around 350 buildings – from libraries to County Hall – and roughly 1,500 sites ranging from residential care to country parks and schools. The function includes Essex Housing which seeks to redevelop public sector land and provide sustainable homes for residents, including independent living accommodation for vulnerable adults.
The function also delivers consultancy advice across the UK – Place Services – which covers historic, natural and built environmental services.
Sustainable Growth supports the strategic role the council plays in building a brighter future for Essex where businesses can thrive, and residents are able to access opportunities. Here, our high-calibre professionals are working closely with local businesses, residents, and our public sector partners to create a greener, fairer and more productive economy.
There’s a diverse range of teams in Sustainable Growth. They include:
- Localities and Place Renewal
- Economic Infrastructure
- Housing & Garden Communities
- Sector Development & Innovation, including Green Growth
- Business Support & Engagement
- Skills and Employability
- Adult Community Learning
- Visit Essex, Inward Investment and International Trade
- Transport For Growth
- School Organisation & Place Planning
- County Planning
- Digital Connectivity
- Homelessness Prevention
- Refugee Resettlement
We come together to achieve a series of ambitious goals, which include:
- Delivering sustainable growth across the county, with a focus on regeneration in our highest priority places
- Shaping skills provision and supporting all Essex residents to access high quality employment opportunities
- Driving the industry sectors of both now and tomorrow, enabling businesses to diversify, innovate and grow
- Creating and marketing the conditions for growth that will unlock new inward investment into the county and support our local businesses, town centres and high streets
- Unlocking new communities through high quality planning, housing and the physical and digital infrastructure that makes Essex a great place to live
- Supporting the transition to a net zero carbon economy by 2030, including green skills programmes for residents, retrofitting our estates and developing proposals for innovative green energy hubs and manufacturing facilities
Wellbeing, Public Health & Communities
At Essex County Council the Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities function brings together a range of services that contribute to the delivery of the Council’s statutory and wider responsibilities regarding improving public health outcomes, protecting our most vulnerable and reducing health inequalities, namely Trading Standards, the Gypsy and Traveller Service, Active Essex and the Strengthening Communities team. We also work across directorates within ECC, with a range of external partners including public sector, voluntary sector, and private businesses, to commission and directly deliver services to meet the needs of the local population.
Specialist Public Health Service
Health Promotion / Health Improvement. Improving health behaviours over the life course as well as improving the wider determinants of health. This includes:
- Drug & alcohol interventions
- Health & justice services
- Housing-related support
- Sexual health services
- NHS Health Checks
- Smoking cessation support
- 0-19 nursing services
Health Protection – The control of infectious diseases, managing health emergency responses and environmental health hazards.
Healthcare Public Health – Ensuring services are high quality, evidence-informed and value-based. Addressing issues of effectiveness, efficiency and equity.
Supporting legitimate business activity by providing advice and support, encouraging economic development and prosperity. This includes:
- Animal health & welfare
- Disease control prevention
- Food safety & standards
- Ports & Borders
- Product & consumer safety
- Age restricted products
- Doorstep crime and fraud
- Safety at sports grounds
- Business advice
Gypsy & Traveller Service
Co-ordination of outreach programme with other agencies to improve Gypsy, Roma & Traveller outcomes.
- Management of unauthorised encampments
- Management of 12 ECC owned traveller sites
Focusing on increasing people’s participation in, and enjoyment of, physical activity.
- Designated Active Partnership for Greater Essex by Sport England
- Leads on the delivery of a 10 year strategy “Fit for the Future”
Strengthening Communities Service
Lead and develop key strategies to deliver self-sustaining strong communities to support Essex residents to enjoy long and healthy lives and fulfil their potential.
- Create conditions to enable communities to respond to societal challenges
- Commission the development of community infrastructure