Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals could soon become one under plans to merge.
Residents Allowed Home After Essex Fire
A 200-metre exclusion zone has been lifted after a fire at a garage in Rayleigh.
Fire crews were called to Bull Lane on Friday morning and the road was closed for safety reasons.
100 people had to be evacuated earlier but have now been allowed to return to their homes.
Assistant Divisional Officer Simon Dedman, incident commander, said: "We were conducting regular tests on the cylinder to establish whether or not it was safe as well as cooling it constantly.
"These tests have shown that the cylinder is now safe and stable and presents no danger so there is no need to maintain the hazard zone.
"Under our new procedures we have the flexibility to make a decision about the hazard zone based on what the tests revealed and this has meant that we have managed to get everyone back in their homes as quickly as possible.
"We are all pleased that this incident has come to a reasonably swift conclusion and everyone can safely return home."
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to tell Essex County Council whether they can access superfast broadband.
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