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  Some of the consultations that shape the community

Long term work

Consultation can come in many forms; from substantial pieces of work like the the Hockley Parish Plan which was undertaken in 2007 and was intended to inform decision-making for the next ten years, and the Hockley Area Action Plan which was commissioned by the District Council as part of their Local Development Framework.

Consultations in 2019



Essex County Council  has  launched  a  consultation  to  find  out  how important evening  and  Sunday  local  bus  services  are  to  you.  We  want  your  views on  some  proposed  changes  and  how  future services could affect  your  community.

You  can read more and  take  part in the consultation at:     www.essex.gov.uk/local-bus-consultation

Paper versions will be available from Essex County Council Libraries or on request by phoning: 03457 430 430 or e-mailing passenger.transport@essex.gov.uk

  The consultation will run until 22 March 2019

Consultations in 2018

 4th December 2918 Have your say on the Budget Survey!

Rochford District Council is carrying out a Budget Survey to find out how you want your council tax to be spent.

Sunday 13th January 2019 is the deadline for answering the questionnaire, which offers you the chance to have your say on what the District Council’s priorities should be when it decides its budget for the next 12 months

It is crucial that we have YOUR views as this is a time when all Local Authorities are facing increasing financial pressures, and must make difficult decisions about the services we provide. At Rochford District Council, we want to ensure your Council Tax is spent on the services you want and value the most.

Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Terry Cutmore, said: “It remains a challenging time for Local Authorities as we continue to face significant funding constraints, whilst managing increases in demand for our services and other budgetary pressures such as inflation costs. This challenge means that we must continue to drive towards financial sustainability whilst also striving for new and efficient ways of delivering high quality services.

“As a Council we cannot do this without the support of our residents; we have therefore created a series of questions in this survey to gather your views and feelings.

“This is your chance to influence how the Council spends its resources, shape what we do in the future and help us protect the services we all value.”

Please take the opportunity to have your say by completing the survey in one of the following ways:

1. The survey is available online, simply log on to www.rochford.gov.uk/budgetsurvey.

2. Hard copies of the survey will also be available in the reception areas of the Rochford District Council offices in South Street, Rochford and the Rayleigh Civic Suite in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, by Friday December 7.

3. Hard copies of the survey will also be available in libraries across the District by Friday December 7. 

If you are unable to fill in the survey by any of these methods then you can call the Council and we will ensure that you get one. Call 01702 546366 or email:budgetconsultation@rochford.gov.uk

29th November 2018


Public consultation on Essex Future Library Services Strategy (2019-2024)
29 November 2018 – 20 February 2019

I am writing to you as a library user to invite you to help us make decisions on the future of Essex Library Services.

At Essex County Council, we recognise library services play a unique and valued role in our society. But in the last five years use has slumped: loans have almost halved and fewer than one in five Essex residents use libraries. The current service needs to change to fit the way we live now and in the future.

Earlier this year we asked for people’s views on library services. We have listened to what
Essex people have told us and come up with a set of proposals which are set out in a draft strategy Our five-year plan in that draft strategy is for a service that:

  • Keeps books and reading at the heart of our library service offer
  • Embraces digital technology and e-library services
  • Has a smaller number of libraries which better meet community needs
  • Works in partnership with communities to run library services.

It is vital we operate a service that is viable to run and is relevant to people’s lives. The proposals therefore include some significant changes to the current service. We want to get your views on these proposals.

You can find more information about our proposals and complete the survey at www.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation. You can complete the survey as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

If you need help to complete the survey, would like it in large print, or would like a printed copy of the EasyRead versions, please ask at your local library or call 0345 603 7639.

During the consultation, we will also be holding information drop-ins at every library providing a further opportunity to ask questions, complete the consultation and find out more.

If you are from a community group or organisation we would also welcome your help to publicise the consultation to your members or service users. If you would like copies of publicity material please email libraries@essex.gov.uk.

The deadline for completing the consultation survey is 20 February 2019.

All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and findings published on the consultation website. These will be available on request for those without internet access.

Any changes proposed will be considered when the strategy is finalised in summer 2019.

I am very much looking forward to finding out what you think about our proposals.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Susan Barker
Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate Services

Telephone: 0345 603 7639





Thursday, November 22, 2018

Polling Station review, Have your say

Residents are invited to comment on the convenience and accessibility of the polling stations used for elections in the Rochford District.

The government requires all councils to undertake a full review of polling stations every four years. 

As part of the review, a consultation period is open to the public until 14 January 2019, giving everyone the opportunity to comment on the polling stations we use, and their suitability, facilities and accessibility.

The final proposals will be presented and considered at a full meeting of the council in February 2019.

Rochford District Council’s Returning Officer, Angela Hutchings said: “We welcome comments on this consultation, so we can make sure the polling stations are in the right place and easily accessible to voters.

“We would like to invite all interested parties to make representations and comments on the existing and proposed polling districts and polling places. Anyone who makes a comment is also invited to suggest alternative polling districts/places which will be given the appropriate consideration.”

Comments or representations can be made in writing to elections@rochford.gov.uk 

Please be aware that your comments will be published as part of the review.

More details about the review and a schedule showing the current polling district areas and their allocated polling station venues can be found at https://www.rochford.gov.uk/pollingdistrictreview


20th November 2018  Essex residents urged to have their say on Fire and Rescue Plan for the county

People who live or work in Essex are being asked for their views on the proposed priorities in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is developing a Fire and Rescue Plan that sets out his vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.

People can fill in the survey online via this link http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/fire-rescue-plan-2019-2024-public-survey/ Hard copies are also available on request.  Please contact the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk. You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will be live from 1am on Tuesday November 20 and will close at midnight on January 15, 2019.

10th August 2018 Consultation on Gambling Policy

 District Council is currently running a consultation on its gambling policy until 19th September 2018.  More details can be found here on the policy.



































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