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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


Guest Blog - Cllr John Spence

Garden Communities – Not just housing

This last week the University of Essex in Colchester held an event looking at the future of housing and specifically the future we want from Garden Communities. Obviously this is something in which the university has a vested interest and a key role to play, with the North Essex Garden Communities programme currently exploring the viability of a new community on land nearby, as well as new communities west of Colchester and west of Braintree.

Ministers must utilise ECC ideas, innovation and experience

Wednesday’s Queen’s speech was more notable for its omissions than what it included. If you are the leader of a council which runs adult social care and wants to power up your local economy, the overall feeling could only be disappointment. I know I am not alone here.

Just as our county is changing, so too must the organisation that serves it

Since the Essex County Council six weeks ago, my political leadership team has been busily fine-tuning our priorities. Now it is time to start making those ambitions a reality.

Multi-faith event reinforces “together we are stronger” message

This week I had the privilege of joining a multi-faith event to reinforce the sentiment that together we are stronger.