Residents & Council Meetings

Thursday, November 30, 2017 Editor 4

Often vacant at Council meetings, is the public gallery. Whatever Council meeting that may be, Parish, Town & District – the fact is there is lack of interest from the public in the proceedings. A resident told us today that she had been ‘shouted down’ whilst speaking a Council meeting. […]

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Which type of housing is there a shortage of?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Editor 3

Struggling to get on the housing ladder? Looking to upsize or downsize? Is there really no housing available in our District? Let us know your experience [embedyt][/embedyt]

Number 3 Bus Service to Cease

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Editor 16

We’ve received multiple reports that the number 3 service is to be withdrawn from service at the end of this year. We are currently looking into what alternative will be made available as clearly this isn’t a good situation for anyone that relies on public transport to get ‘out and […]

21st Century Policing

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Editor 0

As we will all know from the recent Police Fire & Crime Commissioner, that the funds are limited. The Lib Dem’s report on the budget announcement follows Today’s budget statement by the Chancellor included no additional funding for the police in England and Wales. Crime is rising and police numbers […]


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Editor 0

We have been looking (quite hard) for other blogs or news outlets for political parties in and around the District. Looks like we are the only ones that maintain a regular blog to keep residents informed. If you know of any other blogs please let us know in the comments […]

Sweyne Park Flood Alleviation Scheme

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Editor 0

Rayleigh has suffered from severe flooding in the past so we welcome schemes such as these to protect our residents and their properties. James Newport reports here on the completion of the flood alleviation scheme that has been carried out by Essex County Council.  


Saturday, November 18, 2017 Editor 0

A total of nearly £600 was collected for the Samaritans from the donations given at Chris Black’s recent funeral. Thank you to everyone that donated to a charity that not only does a lot of good work, but also a charity that Chris supported for many years.

More on the New Local Plan – Issues and Options

Friday, November 17, 2017 Editor 2

Residents will be urged to take part in the forthcoming consultation on the new Local Plan. Key subject matters are Economic Development Needs Retail and Leisure Needs Duty to Cooperate Highways Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Assessment Infrastructure Grow On Space The relevant papers can be found here As usual please […]


Saturday, November 11, 2017 Editor 12

What’s this all about? Well, this is the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which will form part of the evidence in the new local plan. The issue of SHELAA will always, in my opinion, be contentious. It is worth noting that at this stage although the sites have […]

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Application for 8 flats on Lower Road, Hullbridge

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Editor 0

I’ll take the usual approach to these planning applications, needless to say we don’t want to ‘fetter our discretion’ – let’s see what the locals make of it. If you’re interested in this application, it’s available to view here on the Rochford District Councils website. Demolish existing building and construct […]

A Final Farewell to Our Chris

Friday, November 3, 2017 Editor 3

Today we said our final farewells to our leader Cllr Chris Black. A 100 strong turnout for Chris’ funeral was a true reflection of what kind of person Chris was. Kind, Generous, Intelligent, Caring, Popular….. and Cool! A lovely service, attended from all corners of the community it was truly […]