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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 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 and Surveys 2020

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

Your views are essential, as they will help the Council make the right decisions as it sets its financial plans for future years. We need to know about the services that matter to YOU so please visit the Budget Survey Website  and give us your thoughts by the deadline of November 15th, 2020.

Rochford District Council spends more than £15m each year providing a diverse range of services including:

  • Recycling and Waste Collection
  • Street Cleansing
  • Accommodation for the Homeless
  • Leisure Services
  • Planning Services
  • Building Control Services
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Safeguarding and Community Safety

We need your views on how we deliver these key services in the future as we face increasing financial constraints.

Central government grants used to make up 41% of the total funding for Rochford; however, these are now zero. In addition, the Council continues to face inflationary pressures and increasing demand for public services, which creates an expected difference between the level of funding available and the amount of money the Council needs to spend (called the budget gap), of around £2.6m within 5 years.

Between 2010 and 2020 Rochford District Council has delivered a range of efficiencies totalling £5.7m whilst continuing to deliver the key services that you have told us that you value. An additional £0.25m of savings/income generation are planned to be achieved in the 2020/21 financial year.

Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton, said: “These are incredibly difficult and challenging times for us all, but despite the complications created by the pandemic Rochford District Council has continued to deliver its key services

throughout, with our teams going the extra mile in support of residents and businesses.

“We have also continued to deliver a programme which will see up to £1million of investment in our local play spaces, as well as progressing a long-term regeneration programme for the Rochford District which will boost the local economy, provide better community facilities and reduce future costs.

“We do not yet know the full financial impact to local authorities of COVID19, but we do know that demand for our services continues to increase while the Council’s resources remain constrained, so it is now more important than ever that our residents and businesses take part in the Budget Survey to make us aware of their priorities for the coming year.

“This is your chance to influence how the council spends its resources, tell us the services we need to protect, and help shape a promising future for our district.” The Budget Survey is available online, simply log on.

If you are unable to fill it in, then you can contact the Council, and we will ensure that you get a copy. Phone 01702 318034 or Email budgetconsultation@rochford.gov.uk

Visit the Assets FAQs to find out more about the programme for long-term regeneration in the Rochford District.

Essex County Council Consultation on parking permits at The Lavers

Essex County Council are consulting residents in relation to proposals to introduce parking permits outside 1-20 The Lavers.  Essex County Council have provided more information including ways to object in the Notice of Proposal.

The Rochford District Community Safety Partnership

They are launching a four-week public consultation from today (Wednesday 16th September) to Wednesday 14th October 2020 aimed at seeking the views of Rochford District residents to help identify their key priorities in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

Online Survey

Open consultation Published 31 August 2020

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Pavement parking: options for change

This week a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety on pavements for: wheelchair users, people with visual impairments, prams or buggies

The main changes being proposed are to:

  • extend the London-style ban on pavement parking
  • make it easier for councils to pass laws to prevent pavement parking
  • give councils the power to fine offenders

You can read and respond to the consultation online, complete a form or send an email to share your views by the deadline date of 22nd November 2020.

Government Consultation on proposals for reform of the planning system in England. Open consultation Published 6 August 2020

Launch of Planning for the Future consultation to reform the planning system

Planning for the future: landmark reforms to speed up and modernise the planning system and get the country building.

Consultation description

The Planning for the future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

Respond to the consultation by visiting the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government website.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 29 October 2020

Rochford District Council Taxi Fare Consultation

Date:   Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Rochford District Taxi Licensed Trade are proposing a review on taxi fares and as part of the process must consult on any proposals to change the taxi fare tariff.

In accordance with the Local Government Misc. Provisions Act, when the District Council receive a proposed fare increase from the taxi trade, they have a set process for implementing the proposal.

The suggested new taxi tariff includes the following changes:

  • Maintain the current starting fare;
  • Reduce the yards from currently 203.83 yards to 191 yards (until £8);
  • Reduce currently 152.93 yards to 142 yards (after £8);
  • Reintroduce the Spoilage charge at £100.00 (cost of cleaning the vehicle and loss of earnings)

All other fees are to remain the same.

Visit 2020 TaxiFare to take part in the consultation.

ESSEX RURAL STRATEGY Online Public Consultation – Now Live!

The refresh of the Essex Rural Strategy is now underway. A key part of this process is to obtain the views of people who live in, work in, own businesses or regularly visit our county’s rural areas.

The survey has been placed on Essex County Council’s Citizen Space consultation portal.

The survey is open for responses until Monday 30th March. It contains questions on a broad range of issues relevant to life in rural Essex today, as well as a specific section for businesses.

10th February 2020

Cctv

Rochford District Council have launched a consultation on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in the district to understand the impact and views of local residents.

To take part visit the Rochford CCTV Webpage before Monday 9 March

10th January 2020

Public Consultation on protecting coastal habitat sites through the planning system

Twelve local authorities in Essex, including Rochford District Council, have today launched a public consultation on the Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

For more information, including how to respond to the consultation, please visit  the Essex Consultation Website.

Essex County Council Statement of Community Involvement

What is the Statement of Community Involvement?

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out in a broad way how Local Authorities plan to engage with communities, businesses and other interested parties when preparing the South Essex Plan.

The South Essex Plan is being prepared by the six South Essex authorities of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend and Southend working together with Essex County Council. Together these form ASELA (Association of South Essex Local Authorities). The Plan will set out a strategic framework for development in the area up to 2038 and will complement other work being undertaken to make South Essex a better place to live.

Planning and Development

  • Minerals, waste and county council planning applications View, comment on or make a minerals, waste or county council development planning application
  • Minerals and waste planning policy View planning policies for minerals, waste and county council developments
  • Planning advice and guidance Includes highways and infrastructure pre-application planning advice and Essex Design Guide
  • Our role in planning Includes our roles as minerals and waste planning authority, highways authority and statutory consultee
  • Planning and development contacts Find the relevant team to contact for your planning and development query
  • Sustainable travel Includes sustainable travel guidance for residential developments, businesses and schools

Consultation on SCI Plan Amendments ends 27th January 2020.