You can download the District Council’s vision statement “From Vision to Reality” from the council’s website here. (628 kb)
In the old days you might have expected a powerful group of 30 ruling councillors to produce an election manifesto, but now we get council documents instead.
The opening of it is pretty good though:
We want to create an environment that is
vibrant, inclusive, safe, sustainable and
modern while retaining the essential
characteristics of the salt marshes, rivers,
woodland, open countryside, villages and
market towns that make Rochford what it is
We see the District as a place with
high quality natural and built environments
that retain their distinctiveness, foster civic
pride and where all have access to quality
… And it’s difficult to argue with most of the stuff here. There was one sentence about housebuilding that we disagreed with, but after pressure from the Lib Dems it was changed.
But here’s a few points to bear in mind: