Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Essex House Prices Rise Five Times Quicker Than Salaries
A housing charity claims house prices in Essex have risen, on average, five times more quickly that salaries in the county since 2010.
Shelter says average prices here now stand at £221,000.
It also warns that by 2020 first time buyers in the county will have to earn £63,000 to be able to afford an average home.
Campbell Robb, Shelter's Chief Executive, said: "When house prices are increasing five times faster than the average wage, it's no wonder people on ordinary incomes are being locked out of a home of their own.
"With the situation only set to get worse, Generation Rent will be forced to resign themselves to a life in expensive, unstable private renting, and wave goodbye to their dreams of a home to put down roots in.
"It doesn't have to be like this. The Government has the power to turn our housing crisis around, but only if they stop with schemes like Starter Homes which only help higher earners, and start investing in homes that people on ordinary incomes can actually afford to live in."
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
A group of 12 men from Essex have been jailed for more than 40 years for a violent attack on a football fan.
Essex Police are carrying out a crack down on knife crime this week.
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