Local News

Emergency temporary accommodation to be provided in Rochford

Rochford District Council will offer 11 self-contained rooms at the Kings Head in Rochford to individuals who urgently need to be housed, ensuring that they can continue to live in Rochford District and maintain their local ties and support networks.

Conservatives increase majority in Rochford District Council

Last night the Conservative Group on Rochford District Council increased their majority after gaining four seats from its opposition. This increases the Conservative’s majority and will allow the continuation of the policies that the residents have endorsed through the ballot box.

Election News

We are pleased to say Rochford District has a louder voice at Essex County Council after elections on the 4th May 2017. Please read on...

Rochford District Conservative Party Promise

Our aims are for strong and effective policing of our neighbourhood, a clean, safe and pleasant environment to live in, with an infrastructure fit for purpose and best value for council tax revenues.

Flood Forum

More than 60 residents attended a meeting organised by Rochford District Council to address local flooding issues.The Forum for Surface Water Flooding Issues brought together organisations including Essex Highways, Anglian Water and the Essex County Council Flood Management Team for an in depth discussion about how to resolve issues across the District.

Local County & District Elections

 We have both County and District Elections taking place in our Constiuency. It is very important for the wellbeing of our District and our County that we will give full support to our Representatives standing for Election.In Rayleigh we have John Flack for Rayleigh South; and Malcolm Maddocks for Rayleigh North; with Keith Hudson in Rochford West. Robin Dray will be standing for Rochford District in Whitehouse Ward, Rayleigh.Please look at the InTouch pages for more details about the Conservative candidates.
A framed commemorative picture of Margaret Thatcher will be available to purchase will all profits going to the Association. 

Judge rules in favour of Council’s Core Strategy

 Rochford District Council has successfully defended a legal claim against its Core Strategy. The Core Strategy - the key planning document for the entire District that sets out how the area will develop over the next 15 years, addressing issues such as housing, employment, town centre enhancements, and the environment, had been subject to a legal challenge by Cogent LLP. Following a court hearing in Cardiff at the end of May a judgment has now been issued which rules in favour of Rochford District Council.  

Judge rules in favour of Council’s Core Strategy

 Rochford District Council has successfully defended a legal claim against its Core Strategy. The Core Strategy - the key planning document for the entire District that sets out how the area will develop over the next 15 years, addressing issues such as housing, employment, town centre enhancements, and the environment, had been subject to a legal challenge by Cogent LLP. Following a court hearing in Cardiff at the end of May a judgment has now been issued which rules in favour of Rochford District Council. The legal challenge brought by Cogent Land LLP sought to quash certain policies namely; H1, H2, H3 and paragraphs 4.1 to 4.31 in the Core Strategy which relate to Housing. The Leader of Rochford District Council, Councillor Terry Cutmore, said: “This is fantastic news both for the Council and for residents who have been living with the uncertainty this latest legal challenge has brought.”  Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, Councillor Keith Hudson, said: “We're delighted, but not surprised to see that the Judge has agreed, in substance, with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that our plans are "sound" and "legally compliant". Rochford District Council's Core Strategy represents five years of hard work, proper community engagement and careful planning by both officers and Elected Members; it has undergone examination and scrutiny at every stage and has been found to be a robust document clearly setting out our plans for the future of the District. The Core Strategy has protected our residents from uncontrolled and unnecessary development in inappropriate locations for past years and will now continue to do so, looking to the future. I sincerely apologise to our residents whose homes and lives have been blighted by the uncertainty that has been brought about by the delays caused by the various court actions. Unfortunately the Council had no control over these events.