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County Council to invest a record £85 million in special school places

More than 400 new special school places will be created across the county as Essex County Council strives to meet demand by investing a record £85 million. The number of young people in Essex diagnosed with autism has risen and there is growing demand for special school places.

Essex Roads - Record 2016 Improvements

A record-breaking 3.2 million square metres of road surfacing has been completed on Essex roads this summer – that is the equivalent area of more than 12,000 tennis courts.

Revealed - Design For New Riverside

Conservatives on Chelmsford City Council are delighted to be able to share these latest design ‘concepts’ and layout plans for the city’s new swimming pool complex.

Work begins to upgrade 9,000 street lights to LEDs

Energy-saving LED lamps are set to be installed on all-night street lights across the county to save taxpayers thousands on electricity costs.

The new longer-lasting lamps require less maintenance and use less electricity. 

Rail Franchise Renewal Brings Upgrades

A new rail franchise for East Anglia promising faster journey times, more seating and free Wi-Fi on train journeys through the county has been welcomed by Chelmsford Conservatives.

91% Attend Good Or Outstanding Schools

More than nine in ten pupils in Essex now attend schools rated as good or outstanding, according to the latest statistics.

Some 91.2 per cent of primary and secondary pupils go to a school with one of the top Ofsted ratings, compared with 84.3 per cent in 2015 and 71 per cent in 2013.