"It is this clash of East End pub and medieval barn that I love about it. A quintessential Essex road would feature a tumbledown Elizabethan Manor house, a used car lot, a terrace of dignified Edwardian workers homes, a gaudy bungalow, scrubby field with a horse and an ancient over-restored pub with a karaoke speed dating night.
It is this un-precious cheek by jowl existence of crass modernity that I love about Essex, its endless miles of marshy coast and new-town roundabouts, pebble dashed estates and bowered sunken lanes. The quaint market town of Chelmsford that I grew up in has been paved over and Americanised, yet criss-crossing the county you will find surprising antique monuments, chocolate box high streets but always with a pylon in the background to stop it becoming kitsch and lose its Essex soul."
Working in Essex
Supporting delivery of our collective vision for Essex is strong outward focused leadership that builds bonds of trust across our county. A culture that puts doing the right thing ahead of all other considerations and that welcomes appropriate risk taking, entrepreneurship, innovation and creative thinking. A more commercial orientation that enables us to take advantage of our financial prudence. And a consistent, sustained and relentless focus on things that will really make a difference to the future of our communities. We're proud that as a council we play an important role in helping Essex to be the best it can be, and with big investments in the pipeline for the county, there's a lot more to come.
Employee of the Year 2017, Jan Williams
Living in Essex
Essex is a great county, from towns inside the M25 to coastal villages looking out to Suffolk. We have vibrant urban centres, international ports and airports, universities and world class firms, alongside beautiful rural countryside and the longest coastline in England. With all its vibrancy and diversity, Essex is a great place to live and work. The rolling countryside, picturesque lanes and 350 miles of coastline means there's always plenty to discover and there's no doubt that Essex has a lot to offer. Just 40 minutes from London there's always a seat on the morning commute and weekend trains, though you certainly don't have to travel to the Big Smoke for food or fun.