At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, face to face meetings were prohibited. As a result, meetings of the Parish Council were stopped. The Government has now made changes to the requirements allowing Council meetings to be held by video conferencing on line. The Parish Council will be holding ‘virtual’ meetings using the ‘ZOOM’ platform until the restrictions are lifted.
Agendas and minutes will be posted on our website as normal. There will be public speaking time should any resident wish to speak on items on the agenda. To join the meeting please contact the Clerk at: email@example.com or phone 01702 207707 before 12pm on the day of the meeting and a link and password will be sent to you.
Environment Commitee Meeting Monday 2nd of November 2020 19:30pm
Communities Committee Meeting Monday 9th of November 202 19:30pm
Parish Office and Parish Hall The Parish Office and Hall remains closed to the public. Calls are being monitored and the Clerk or Councillors can be contacted by telephone on 01702 207707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns which need immediate attention.
The Old Fire Station/Parish Hall The Old Fire Station/Parish Hall is closed until further notice. If you have a booking with us or have any questions, please contact the Hall Manager Nicola O'Riordan Finley on 07944669187 or email email@example.com
In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).
What does this mean? No household mixing indoors – this includes at home or in hospitality venues Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the 'Rule of six' 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurants .
Remember hands, face and space.
Reduce travel where you can.
If we act now, we can stop the spread and protect our loved ones as we head into the winter months.
We are pleased to announce that our play areas at Plumberow Mount and Laburnum Grove are now open. If you plan on visiting, please follow these guidelines and note that we are not supplying sanitiser so please bring this with you.
The Essex County Council (Footpath 5, Hockley) (Temporary Prohibition of Use) Order 2020
Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Effect of the order: To temporarily close Footpath 5, Hockley in the District of Rochford, from its junction with Blountswood Road (Footpath 3, Hullbridge), south east for approximately 90 metres to the railway.
The closure is scheduled to commence on 09/11/2020 to 16/02/2021 or where appropriate signs are showing and weather permitting. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while a crane is installed and used for sheet piles for the ongoing embankment works.
The alternative route will be via around the compound site.
The Order will come into effect on 09/11/2020 and may continue in force for 6 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.
Remembrance Day Many plans have had to be cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 Virus and the Remembrance Service is sadly one of them as the health and safety of residents has taken priority. It is important that we remember those who served and lost their lives for our country. The Council Chairman will lay a wreath at the Southend Road War Memorial and the gate will be left open from Sat.7th to Thurs 12th November so anyone who wishes can lay a wreath or cross. The poppies knitted by the community for the 100th Anniversary will be on display again outside the Parish Hall. Amos Estates are arranging to display poppies around the village. You may wish to put some in your windows at home.
Litter Picking: Due to the increasing volume of rubbish being discarded in many of our areas, various community spirited residents have volunteered additional help. The Rochford District Litter Picks have been clearing sites around the District including Hockley and Hawkwell and have been joined by some of our youngsters; the Tidy Team have been litter picking at Marylands Nature Reserve, which they hope to make a regular occurrence. Rochford District Council are responsible for rubbish clearance and our Parish Council Rangers make additional litter pick rounds twice weekly at the Nature Reserve and in the Village. Please let us know then any rubbish bags need to be collected. Details of volunteer litter picks days are posted on facebook.
Discover 2020 : A team of 170 volunteers have created a stunning 30ft long ‘Rochford District Heritage Tapestry’, which depicts the history of our district over the past 1,000 years. The project, organised by the Rochford Town Team, has been a 20 month long ‘labour of love’ – with volunteers even working over the lockdown period using take-home kits - including one of our Parish Councillors at 90 years young and several residents from Hockley. They have painstakingly created 10 panels (each 65cm high by 90cm wide) which show a timeline of dramatic historic change, with the overall design based on research by local historians. Find out more, including the local history behind each panel, at: http://orlo.uk/EBFYz
Christmas is coming………
The Parish Council will have all the lights and Christmas tree up in the village by the end of November. This year the children will find a Christmas Poster to colour and other activities on our website and facebook page during the weeks leading up to Christmas - more details to follow