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Rochford District Council

Cherry Orchard Jubilee County Park car park now re-open

Cherry Orchard Jubilee County Park car park now re-open

Date: 20/07/2021

Rochford District Council are delighted to announce that the essential resurfacing works at Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park car park have now been completed, five days ahead of schedule, and is now opened once again to motorists.

One million people in Essex receive their first Covid-19 vaccination

One million people in Essex receive their first Covid-19 vaccination

Date: 29/06/2021

This weekend saw the millionth person in Essex – over half the county’s population - given their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Council Successfully wins court case against Illegal Fly-tipper

Council Successfully wins court case against Illegal Fly-tipper

Date: 27/05/2021

On 25th May 2021 at Southend Magistrates Court, Rochford District Council successfully prosecuted Mr Bradley Wood of St Clare Meadow, Rochford. The Council secured convictions relating to four offences of fly-tipping and one householder duty of care offence.

Bank holiday opening times and waste collections.

Bank holiday opening times and waste collections.

Date: 26/05/2021

Council offices will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May 2021. For out of hours emergencies, please ring Careline on 01268 527317

Easter holiday opening times and waste collections.

Easter holiday opening times and waste collections.

Date: 30/03/2021

Council offices will be closed Good Friday, 2 April and Easter Monday, 5 April. For out of hours emergencies, please ring Careline on 01268 527317

£10,000 of funding available to voluntary sector groups

£10,000 of funding available to voluntary sector groups

Date: 25/03/2021

Rochford District Council will be offering £10,000 of funding to local voluntary sector groups which benefit our community.

Council to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the pandemic.

Council to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the pandemic.

Date: 17/03/2021

It has now been one year since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

£10,000 of funding available to voluntary sector groups

£10,000 of funding available to voluntary sector groups

Date: 12/03/2021

Rochford District Council will be offering £10,000 of funding to local voluntary sector groups which benefit our community.

District school awarded grant for building work.

District school awarded grant for building work.

Date: 09/03/2021

Rochford District Council has congratulated King Edmund School, Rochford on their inclusion in the Department for Education’s School Rebuilding Programme which will see a new multi-million pound block built on the school site to replace buildings suffering from structural defects.

Council court success proves unlawful development will not be tolerated

Council court success proves unlawful development will not be tolerated

Date: 25/02/2021

Rochford District Council has secured convictions at Southend Magistrates Court today against a local company, Autoval Limited, based in South Fambridge for offences of failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice and failing to comply with a Breach of Condition Notice.

Community and public engagement for first three sites in Rochford District Council’s Asset Delivery Programme.

Community and public engagement for first three sites in Rochford District Council’s Asset Delivery Programme.

Date: 15/02/2021

Plans for Rochford District Council’s regeneration programme are coming together.

Waste collections suspended until further notice

Waste collections suspended until further notice

Date: 09/02/2021

Due to severe weather, all waste collection has been suspended until further notice. This will result in delays in the collection service this week.

Lower Thames Crossing to give major jobs boost to 22,000 people in Kent and Essex

Lower Thames Crossing to give major jobs boost to 22,000 people in Kent and Essex

Date: 05/02/2021

Delivery of the country’s largest road scheme since the M25 was built 35 years ago, will support 10,000 jobs in the peak year of construction.

A Message from the Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton

A Message from the Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton

Date: 04/02/2021

Well done to all those in the Rochford District who have been following the government guidance and helping to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Rochford District Council lowers flags to half-mast to honour nation’s hero

Rochford District Council lowers flags to half-mast to honour nation’s hero

Date: 03/02/2021

In line with UK Government buildings, Rochford District Council has lowered its flags at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh to half mast as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Physical Activity and PE at Home

Physical Activity and PE at Home

Date: 01/02/2021

In partnership with Active Essex, the activities included below have been complied by the Essex School Games Organisers, a combination of our own ideas and those researched.

New purpose-built community centre for Rayleigh to be brought forward

New purpose-built community centre for Rayleigh to be brought forward

Date: 27/01/2021

The opening of a new purpose-built community centre in the heart of Rayleigh is to be brought forward, with residents set to be able to enjoy this exciting facility by the Autumn of 2022.

Stay Safe – Apply for your postal vote now!

Stay Safe – Apply for your postal vote now!

Date: 14/01/2021

Rochford District Council is reminding voters in the district that they can now apply to vote by post in the local elections on May 6.

Waste and Recycling Service Changes.

Waste and Recycling Service Changes.

Date: 04/01/2021

Due to staff shortages, there will be delays in the council’s compostable waste collection service and bin collections which may have been missed.

Statement from Rochford District Council 31/12/2020

Statement from Rochford District Council 31/12/2020

Date: 01/01/2021

As we are in a Tier 4 area, all residents must follow the rules below. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Covid-19 pressure on the NHS and health system prompts ‘major incident’ declaration by Essex Resilience Forum

Covid-19 pressure on the NHS and health system prompts ‘major incident’ declaration by Essex Resilience Forum

Date: 30/12/2020

In response to a significant growing demand on hospitals and health and social care services across Essex, and particularly Mid and South Essex due to coronavirus, the Essex Resilience Forum (ERF) has (Tuesday 29th December) declared a ‘major incident’ – enabling the County to seek further support from Government to address the pressures.

Ring a bell on your doorstep on Christmas Eve!

Ring a bell on your doorstep on Christmas Eve!

Date: 22/12/2020

This month saw the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership launch the MSE Big Festive Thank You to spread some festive cheer and to recognise how people across mid and South Essex have come together to fight coronavirus.

 STATEMENT FROM ROCHFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL

STATEMENT FROM ROCHFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL

Date: 18/12/2020

The weekly data sets produced by the Director of Public Health so far as they relate to the districts and boroughs which fall under Essex County Council can be found here: https://www.essex.gov.uk/topic/coronavirus

The future is bright, the future is GREEN!

The future is bright, the future is GREEN!

Date: 16/12/2020

Rochford District Council has adopted an ambitious action plan to enhance the already very successful waste services in the district.

County Council expresses disappointment over Covid-19 tier review

County Council expresses disappointment over Covid-19 tier review

Date: 14/12/2020

The Government has announced a review of the current Covid-19 Tiers and has today, (Monday 14 December 2020) placed parts of Essex under Tier 3 restrictions.

Christmas and New Year bin collection dates 2020/2021

Christmas and New Year bin collection dates 2020/2021

Date: 09/12/2020

Rochford District residents continue to be amongst the best in England when it comes to recycling, and we would like to say a big thank you for all your help.

Christmas and New Year Opening 2020-2021

Christmas and New Year Opening 2020-2021

Date: 07/12/2020

This year, Rochford District Council’s offices will open at the following times over the Christmas and New Year period:

Statement from Rochford District Council, 4 December 2020

Statement from Rochford District Council, 4 December 2020

Date: 04/12/2020

The weekly data sets produced by the Director of Public Health so far as they relate to the districts and boroughs which fall under Essex County Council can be found here: https://www.essex.gov.uk/topic/coronavirus

#WeAreBack4Christmas supports local businesses this festive season

#WeAreBack4Christmas supports local businesses this festive season

Date: 04/12/2020

A new ‘#WeAreBack4Christmas’ campaign has been launched in the Rochford district to encourage people to support our local businesses in the lead up to the festive season.

Free Parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas 2020

Free Parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas 2020

Date: 30/11/2020

Rochford District Council has agreed to free parking in its car parks all day on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

Bitesize videos help business community prepare for end of UK transition period

Bitesize videos help business community prepare for end of UK transition period

Date: 25/11/2020

Rochford District Council has commissioned Essex Chambers of Commerce to produce a series of ‘bitesize’ videos to help the business community prepare for the end of the UK transition period.

Rochford District Council raises concerns about new proposals for local housing requirement calculations

Rochford District Council raises concerns about new proposals for local housing requirement calculations

Date: 18/11/2020

Rochford District Council has written to central Government to express concerns about proposals to change the way local housing requirements are calculated, which would increase the number required to be built in the Rochford District.

Essex donors needed as donor centre now open in Chelmsford for COVID-19 plasma trial.

Essex donors needed as donor centre now open in Chelmsford for COVID-19 plasma trial.

Date: 18/11/2020

NHS Blood and Transplant has opened the doors of its new plasma donation centre in Victoria House, Duke Street, Chelmsford, and issued an urgent call to anyone who has had COVID-19 to register as a donor.

Rochford District Council's latest statement

Rochford District Council's latest statement

Date: 16/11/2020

Please note these daily briefings will now be weekly on Fridays.

Updates from Essex County Council and the NHS

Updates from Essex County Council and the NHS

Date: 11/11/2020

Surgerypods allow people greater control over their health

Essex County Council announces £1.5 million winter support for children, families and the most vulnerable and welcomes additional government funding

Essex County Council announces £1.5 million winter support for children, families and the most vulnerable and welcomes additional government funding

Date: 10/11/2020

Essex County Council is announcing its latest plans to support families through the winter and school holidays during 2021. Funding for foodbanks, extension of holiday camps, investment for families in deprived areas and targeted support for vulnerable people are all included.

Latest COVID 19 update from Rochford District Council

Latest COVID 19 update from Rochford District Council

Date: 09/11/2020

The latest statement from Rochford District Council for 06.11.2020 is now available, which outlines details of the new COVID restrictions which are in place.

Win a £50 Gift Voucher in the Chairman’s Christmas Card Competition

Win a £50 Gift Voucher in the Chairman’s Christmas Card Competition

Date: 06/11/2020

The Chairman of Rochford District Council is asking primary school children, aged between 5 and 11 years old, from all over the district to design this year’s official ‘Chairman’s Civic Christmas Card’.

Council condemns leaflets which claim the pandemic is a hoax

Council condemns leaflets which claim the pandemic is a hoax

Date: 06/11/2020

Rochford District Council has condemned leaflets which have been delivered to some homes within the district claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax.

Coronavirus: Statements from Rochford District Council

Coronavirus: Statements from Rochford District Council

Date: 02/11/2020

The Prime Minister gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference about new national restrictions which will apply across England from Thursday 5 November.

Statement from Rochford District Council

Statement from Rochford District Council

Date: 26/10/2020

Public health advice continues to continue to take action to help prevent COVID spreading

Be Covid-aware as you enjoy a scare this Hallowe’en

Be Covid-aware as you enjoy a scare this Hallowe’en

Date: 22/10/2020

Play safe this Hallowe’en is the message as families gear up for the annual festival of frights.

Have your say on the Budget Survey!

Have your say on the Budget Survey!

Date: 19/10/2020

Residents and businesses have the opportunity to tell Rochford District Council about their future spending priorities, by taking part in the budget survey.

Essex County Council responds to Government's decision on High local COVID alert category

Essex County Council responds to Government's decision on High local COVID alert category

Date: 16/10/2020

The Essex County Council area, including the Rochford District, will move into the High local Covid alert category from Saturday 17th October.

Statement from Rochford District Council, 12 October, 2020

Statement from Rochford District Council, 12 October, 2020

Date: 13/10/2020

Test & Trace Support Payments Scheme

Essex Leaders and MPs request move to ‘High level’ Covid restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Essex Leaders and MPs request move to ‘High level’ Covid restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Date: 13/10/2020

Following extensive discussions with Leaders of other councils across the county and with Essex MPs, Essex County Council is to apply to the Secretary of State for Health to be placed into the new ‘High level’ banding of Covid-19 restrictions.

District News

District News

Date: 08/10/2020

Good causes in Essex invited to sign up for Essex Lottery funding; Summit Meeting to address unauthorised traveller encampments; Apply for Love Essex Grants to Reduce Household Waste

Rochford District Council Chairman visits Rayleigh Town Museum

Rochford District Council Chairman visits Rayleigh Town Museum

Date: 05/10/2020

The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Robin Dray, visited Rayleigh Town Museum on Friday 2 October as it opened its’ doors for the first time since March.

Statement from Rochford District Council - 1 October 2020

Statement from Rochford District Council - 1 October 2020

Date: 02/10/2020

Job support scheme; COVID secure guidelines; Higher education; Council buildings; Tenant Fees Act 2019; Safer travel; Autumn exams; NHS Test & Trace App; Care staff; NHS advice

‘Direction to Leave’ notice served on illegal Traveller encampment

‘Direction to Leave’ notice served on illegal Traveller encampment

Date: 02/10/2020

A ‘Direction to Leave’ notice has been served on a group of Travellers at Rayleigh Leisure Centre Car Park, Rayleigh. Rochford District Council has been liaising with Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) and the police in relation to this matter.

District News

District News

Date: 30/09/2020

Essex Trading Standards team issues warning of test and trace scam, Residents encouraged to share their priorities for COVID-19 recovery

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 11, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 11, 2020

Date: 11/05/2020

The Department of Health & Social Care has confirmed the Covid-19 mobile testing units will be at Rayleigh Leisure Centre on 13th, 14th and 15th May. The units will operate from roughly 10.30am to 4pm each day, using military resources.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 5, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 5, 2020

Date: 05/05/2020

HMRC has launched an online tool the public can use to find out if they’re eligible to make a claim through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. You will need your Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number and your National Insurance number to use the tool.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 1, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - May 1, 2020

Date: 01/05/2020

A new temporary zero VAT rate will be applied to supplies of PPE from today 1 May to 31 July 2020, for businesses and individuals purchasing for protection from infection.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 29, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 29, 2020

Date: 29/04/2020

After careful consideration and following Government advice, the council is restarting its collections of large items again from early next month after temporarily shutting them down in March due to the pandemic.

Statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe, and MD Shaun Scrutton for 28.04.2020

Statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe, and MD Shaun Scrutton for 28.04.2020

Date: 28/04/2020

Due to operational staff undertaking essential duties in line with the council’s response to COVID 19, Hockley Woods car park will remain closed to allow staff to continue safe working practices whilst maintaining social distancing. Hockley Woods remains open to the public via pedestrian access as normal.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 27, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 27, 2020

Date: 27/04/2020

Despite the beautiful spring weather, the council is urging people to remember to #StayHomeSaveLives, by following social distance guidelines, you are really helping to stop the spread of COVID 19. Thank you for staying home. If you’re finding the current situation difficult, please remember you are not alone. Support to help you is available https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/article-categories/mental-well-being/

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 24, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 24, 2020

Date: 24/04/2020

The council operates a Voluntary Sector Grant scheme which aims to support local voluntary and community organisations that deliver services and/or projects in the Rochford District. Due to the impact of COVID 19 on community organisations we have seen a lower than normal amount of applications this year and so we have extended the application deadline until Friday 15th May. Details can be found here: https://www.rochford.gov.uk/voluntary-sector-grants-202021-guidance-notes

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 23, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 23, 2020

Date: 23/04/2020

Residents who are shielding (also known as “Category A” residents) who registered with the Government for food parcels, have their parcels processed and delivered direct from the Government via a dedicated phone line and on-line system. Where any such residents have concerns about their parcels e.g. residents who no longer want a parcel; non delivery of a parcel; change in dietary needs etc they should contact the Essex Welfare Service to advise.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 21, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 21, 2020

Date: 21/04/2020

Due to COVID 19 Citizens Advice has suspended its face to face services. For clarity below are the up to date contact details.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 20, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 20, 2020

Date: 20/04/2020

We’re delighted to confirm that all bin collection services are running today, and the weekend catch up was completed. Thank you to all residents for your continued support.

Statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe, and MD Shaun Scrutton, for 17.04.2020

Statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe, and MD Shaun Scrutton, for 17.04.2020

Date: 20/04/2020

We need your continued support during this difficult time as some of our compostable collection services have been affected due to reduced staffing levels.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 15, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 15, 2020

Date: 15/04/2020

Essex County Council has established the Essex Welfare Services as part of PROVIDE (a health and social care service). EWS has been set up to assist the most vulnerable in the community to allow them to access shopping, medicine and other support.

A message from Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe

A message from Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe

Date: 09/04/2020

The last three weeks have changed almost everything that most of us have come to take for granted, visiting friends and family; spending time outdoors; even shopping trips to the supermarket.

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 6, 2020

Statement from The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe and Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton - April 6, 2020

Date: 06/04/2020

As we move toward Easter weekend, please remember to use green spaces and footpaths near where you live for daily exercise. Please don’t drive to beaches, country parks or other beauty spots. Essex County Council has put together some good tips to find local paths and parks near your home.

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