Keith Hudson Article

The vast majority of our Residents are law-abiding and peace loving folk who want nothing more than to enjoy their lives in the comfort of their own homes living happily alongside their friends and neighbours. Occasionally we get someone who chooses to build something or to create a nuisance by operating a business in an inappropriate location or carry on some other un-neighbourly action, and this can destroy that peace and happiness we all seek. The Law clearly identifies what is permitted development and requires planning permission be obtained from the Planning Authority for all other construction and changes of use. We have a set of rules and regulations which help to guide Householders, Business Operators and Developers when determining what is acceptable and what is not.


Last Tuesday night (June 7) there was an extraordinary meeting of Rochford District Council to discuss car parking in the District. Following the meeting, Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, Councillor Keith Hudson, said: “One of the most important decisions the Council took last night was to reduce its minimum parking fee from 60 to 40 pence. This is to help our residents and visitors in these times of austerity, especially those who just want a short stay in our car parks to pick up a prescription or buy a loaf of bread or newspaper.

David Cameron Interview

David Cameron said that there was still room for negotiation over pension reforms, but he insisted that unions “need to know that we will be very firm and very resolute in our approach”.
“Of course there’s negotiation over the details and we’ve had very constructive conversations with the unions. No one wants to have a confrontation, no one wants to see strikes, I certainly don’t want to see that happen.

Councillor Derrick Stansby passes away

Derrick Stansby, Councillor and Chairman of Rochford District Council, passed away on the morning of Friday 15th April, he was 79 years of age.

His passing was peaceful, having suffered a short illness prior to his death.

He was a friend to all who knew him. a quite man in nature but truly passionate about his politics and his music, jazz especially.

Conservatives Maintain Control

The Conservative Group at Rochford District Council welcomed 4 new Councillors:Angela Hale becomes the new Councillor for Hullbridge, Bob Pointer becomes the new Councillor for Hawkwell North, Toby Mountain becomes the new Councillor for Sweyne Park, and Ian Ward becomes the new Councillor for Lodge.

Hullbridge View

Localism & Hullbridge in particular. Aside from addressing the immediate financial difficulties a complete change in the way our county is governed is taking place which will in turn devolve more power to our community.

Rayleigh North New InTouch for 2011

Rayleigh North is the Essex County Constituency comprising of Lodge; Central; Trinity; Downhall & Rawreth Wards. We have combined this new look InTouch so we can give a broader picture to our constituents throughout the year with more publications.  

Cllr Steve Castle's County View

The past few months have been a real rollercoaster. Being responsible for Education across the county I was really pleased with the efforts that youngsters put in to achieve a huge improvement in GCSE results in Essex, compared to other parts of the country. Too often people criticise education in this country accusing it of becoming “dumbed down”. But anyone who is a parent will know how hard our young people are working to achieve those results.

Rayleigh Christmas Lights a Great Success

Thank you so much to all who came down to support the First Tuesday Group stall at the incredibly successful Rayleigh Christmas Lights switch on. It was a very successful event and hopefully see the new members of Conservative Futures at our next meet on Tuesday 11th January 2011.

Hockley West Ward delivers new InTouch

Cllr Malcolm Maddocks of Hockley West Ward delivers the latest InTouch for the area. Read the latest news and views from Hockley.