Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

Essex move to Covid Tier 2 High: Message from Leader of the Council

Emergency Planning Overview

The Council plans for a wide-range of emergencies including; flooding, severe weather, coastal pollution, major industrial accidents and people displaced due to fires, leaks and explosions.

The Council’s officers involved in Emergency Planning work with a number of different agencies including; the emergency services, neighbouring local authorities, health organisations, government agencies and utility companies to identify hazards and prepare for the consequences of an incident.

Together, the Council and partner agencies maintain plans, train, and simulate real-life events to ensure a co-ordinated, effective and proportionate response to any emergency. These plans are reviewed and validated on a regular basis. You can view copies of some of the Council’s plans from the Emergency Plans page.

The Emergency Planning pages also provide information and advice to the public about preparing for, and responding to, emergencies. You can find this information and advice in the ‘Are You Prepared’ section.