From the District Council website:
Rochford District Council is delighted to have been awarded grant funding to develop a Coastal Community Team.
Following a joint application from both Rochford and Maldon District Councils, the Department of Communities and Local Government, has awarded the joint partnership ?10,000.
The River Crouch Coastal Community Team will be a new partnership, building upon the successful Dengie Gateway Project.
The main aim of the Team is to encourage greater local partnership working in coastal areas. The Team will bring together local Stakeholders, especially those involved in the visitor and outdoor leisure sectors (including nature and sailing) to work together for the benefit of the people and community by working to build visitor numbers to the River Crouch to experience the fantastic outdoor attractions the area has to offer.
The grant funding is being made available to help teams to become established and to develop their economic plan.
The Rochford District Tourism Forum was held in February 2015 and acknowledged the District as a beautiful, scenic area, that has many assets, a diverse environment characterised by substantial spaces of unspoilt, attractive countryside; a rich heritage including many iconic and historical buildings and our villages and market towns which are supported by strong vibrant communities. The area has also been identified as the ?green? part of the Thames Gateway. The Team will champion environmentally friendly tourism, encourage and support schemes that positively protect the environment but which are, at the same time, tourist attractions.
In terms of quiet enjoyment of the countryside, it would be great if there was a riverside walking route all the way from Battlesbridge to the sea…