Parish Council Meetings
All Parish Council meetings have recommenced using video conferencing and agendas and minutes will be posted on our website as normal. There will be public speaking time and should any resident wish to speak on items on the agenda, please contact the Clerk at: email@example.com or phone 01702 207707 before 3pm on the day of the meeting and a link and password will be sent to you.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
Communities Committee Meeting - 7.30pm Monday 13th July
Planning Committee Meeting - 6.45pm Wednesday 15th July
Resources & Procedures Committee - 7.30pm Monday 20th July
Parish Office and Parish Hall
The Parish Office and Hall remains temporarily closed and our staff are working from home. Calls are being monitored remotely and the Clerk or Councillors can be contacted by telephone or email 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 and you have any questions, please contact the Hall Manager Nicola O'Riordan Finley on 07802 678255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Surgery and Village Market Old Fire Station Hockley 11th July
Although we are not able to hold the monthly indoor councillor surgery and village market at the moment your councillors are still working and are available if you need to speak with them. Two of our regular stallholders will be outside the Old Fire Station this coming Saturday 11th July; Paul our Butcher from 9am during the morning and Louise from Sharpening Solutions from 2pm during the afternoon. Social distancing measures will be in place and they look forward to seeing you all again.
Reopening our high streets : Working together to re-open safely
We want to spread the word that our fantastic town centres and independent retailers are open for business again, and that shoppers can visit in a safe way that maintains social distancing. To achieve this, we will be installing a range of safety measures and notices in your town centre, allowing people to circulate safely.
Please click here for more details. https://www.weareback.co.uk/
Advice for Shoppers
- Do not travel to the high street if you have Covid symptoms
- Maintain a 2metre distance from those outside your household
- Follow signs and instructions provided on the street and in stores as far as possible
- Practice safe queuing by not joining queues where it would block the footway
- Avoid touching stock you do not intend to buy
- Use digital means of payment where available
- Wear a mask covering if using public transport
- Consider bringing your own face coverings and hand gel with you to the high street
Please use our website!
Don’t forget a lot of useful content is available via our website and this will be updated regularly, so www.rochford.gov.uk is the best place to check first and we have a dedicated section at www.rochford.gov.uk/coronavirus. Our other media channels are also good sources of information - www.rochford.gov.uk/tellmemore, Facebook: Rochford District Council, Instagram @RochfordDC and Twitter @RochfordDC
Hockley Parish Council News in Brief July 2020
Things are looking a bit brighter on the COVID-19 front but with plenty of challenges before us. Your Parish Council continues to look at ways where it can help the village as best it can and there is a wide range of information and links on our website. The indoor Village Market at the Old Fire Station is not able to return just yet but we are pleased to say Paul our Butcher and Louise our Knife Sharpener will be outside the Old Fire Station on the 2nd Saturday of each month until the situation changes. Social Distancing measures will be in place. Details of times will be posted on our website.
Safe Re-opening of High Streets: Now that businesses are gradually re-opening, you will see social distancing notices in our shopping areas. We encourage you to support our local shops, many of whom have diversified and offer more variety, but please think of others when shopping and respect the guidelines to keep everyone safe. The Bull Inn finally re-opens on 6th July following restoration after the terrible fire in 2018 and we wish the team every success.
Libraries: Essex County Council have announced that Rayleigh & Rochford libraries are to re-open on the 6th July and it is expected that Hockley & Hullbridge libraries will follow on the 13th July.
Open Spaces: Hockley has some lovely open spaces and walks and the parish council are pleased to see residents using these for exercise and recreation. However, the volume of rubbish and dog mess has increased with more footfall. Our Rangers regularly litter pick and Rochford District Council clear bins. The local volunteers who have been out and about collecting rubbish have shown amazing community spirit and their help is very much appreciated. Let’s make a difference and take your rubbish home to help keep public spaces clean and safe for everyone. If you see any full bins let the Parish Council or RDC know and clearance will be arranged.
Electric Vehicle Charging Point Southend Road: Rochford District Council have published news of a new charging point in the Southend Road Car Park. As the Parish Council installed the power there for the Bust Unit, residents will be pleased to hear that we have an agreement with Rochford District Council to give the Bust Unit priority for power when it returns to Hockley.
Southend Road Toilets: It is anticipated that Rochford District Council will start the agreed refurbishment shortly. In the meantime, they have informed us the toilets will remain closed.
Heritage Scheme: During lockdown the Council’s Heritage Scheme Group, comprising councillors and local historians, took the opportunity to work on additional plaques for the village Heritage Scheme. We are gradually installing green plaques at various sites of historical interest in Hockley and already have 5 plaques which you will see as you walk around the village. 4 new plaques will be added soon. More details can be found on the Heritage Scheme Page of our website. We are very grateful to the location owners for allowing us to erect the plaques.
If you wish to comment or draw something to our attention then please contact the Parish Clerk.