Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Essex: School Crossing Patrols Under Threat
The future of some school crossing patrols in Essex could be under threat after the county council announced it is reviewing them.
The authority says it is part of its "current financial challenge" which sees it needing to save £235 million by 2017.
It currently provides a School Crossing Patrol Service at 203 sites across the county and says it wants to "develop long-term sustainable plans for the whole service.".
Part of this process will see it talk to schools about the possibility of instutions taking on a greater role in funding them.
What the county council is proposing is that schools fund the 55 patrols based at zebra or pelican crossings. A consultation on the issue has already started and is due to run until April 24.
County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said: "Due to the current economic climate and the pressure on local authority budgets we are reviewing the delivery of many aspects of public service delivery, particularly non-statutory services.
"In relation to any changes to the School Crossing Patrol, no formal decisions have been made."
Parents and other interested parties will be invited to share their views on these proposed and potential changes.
This will be available on Essex Insight at www.essexinsight.org.uk .
The council says outcomes of the responses will inform the future decisions.
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.
Recently Played Tracks
On Radio: James Merritt
1am - 6am
Text 'HEART' to 82122
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.