Speaking at today’s meeting where the Council’s budget was approved, Cllr David Finch said that local people were in the best position to know what could make the biggest difference in their area, and both schemes would support the principle.
The new buses are part of a £1.7m investment from First Essex as part of their contract with Essex County Council to run the Park and Ride service. Advantages of the new buses will be free Wi-Fi, temperature-controlled air conditioning and announcements detailing the next stop.
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.
Today, for the first time on this scale, arts, heritage and museums leaders in Essex came together with council chiefs to open a new ongoing collaboration aimed at celebrating the unique and unrivalled cultural history of Essex and to maximise cultural investment into the county.