Essex County Council has joined up with six other Essex based local authorities to develop a joint ‘place vision’ for South Essex up to 2050. The area is a dynamic place that provides fantastic economic opportunities for residents and businesses to prosper and grow in Essex.
All seven councils recognised the need to work together on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth. Essex has untapped economic potential and South Essex has significant development opportunities and we plan to work collectively to transform transport connectivity, open up spaces for housing, business and leisure development through a strategy to shape local labour and skills markets. We will also continue to work as part of the South East LEP to support good growth and secure funding for necessary strategic infrastructure.
The newly developed group, the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) was officially launched with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (Thursday, 1 February). The new body is made up of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Essex, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and Thurrock Councils.
This is a really important development and will be followed by the publication of a statement of intent explaining what has been achieved already and what is planned.