The veteran Echo reporter Geoff Percival writes here on the district elections:
IN contrast to Southend, Rochford District Council elections are a very docile affair.
The Tories’ iron grip on the authority is likely to remain.
The opposition to the Tories is scattered among a variety of parties from the Green Party to the BNP.
The Lib Dems, who form the major opposition at the moment, have managed to find more candidates than in recent years, especially in Rayleigh.
Realistically, however, there is probably only one seat the Lib Dems are hoping to win, Sweyne Park.
Joan Mockford, the Conservative councillor in Sweyne Park, won the seat at a by-election after the death of her husband Gerry. Having beaten Tory Peter Savill last year, the Lib Dems are hoping their candidate Patricia Putt will be able to achieve the same success….