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 2017
Westerings Primary Academy Consultation
Essex County Council, as the Education Authority, proposes to construct a new teaching block to accommodate 210 additional pupils at Westerings Primary Academy, which will bring the total school capacity up to 420 pupils. The development will include provision for three new classrooms, cloakrooms and toilet facilities,. It also involves some small alterations to the existing school to improve the existing teaching environment and provide access to the new teaching block. Externally, the proposals allow for the relocation of existing play areas including the adventure play area and the provision of additional staff parking. The project design team has been developing a proposal that would meet the school’s educational need and fits well on the school site. It is anticipated that the proposed build will complete ready for September 2018.
Consultation start date 15th June 2017 Consultation end date 30th June 2017 To view the plans, please click here: Westerings Primary Academy - Consultation
Have your say on the future of pharmaceutical services
19 May 2017
Essex County Council is carrying out a countywide consultation about the future of pharmaceutical services in Essex, and now is your chance to have your say.
Essex residents are invited to take part in a short online survey about these services that are provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors, internet pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors, in the Essex area. Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr John Spence said: “Our aim is to understand what services the people of Essex want in the future, and how that compares to the services they receive today.
“The online questionnaire should only take 15 minutes, and I hope that as many as possible will consider this a good investment of their time.”
The results of the survey will help in determining what services are required to meet the needs of local people going forward.
To take the confidential survey please visit
The direct link to confidential survey, it shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes.
Hockley Woods Playground?
Local families are set to benefit from £45,000 of funding for Hockley Woods playground– and your views are wanted on how it should be spent! Rochford District Council is celebrating the news that we will be receiving the funds from Cory Environmental Trust to improve and maintain the popular site. A public consultation for this exciting project will run until Sunday 26th March 2017. The results of this consultation will be used as part of the decision making process as to which design will be implemented. The aim is to have these new facilities available by the school summer holidays. The playground area remains open in the mean-time.
Click to complete consultation: http://www.rochford.gov.uk/playground
Governance of Police and Fire & Rescue Services in Essex
Take part in public consultation www.essex.pcc.police.uk/LocalCaseForChange
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner has developed a local case to take on the governance of Fire & Rescue as well as the Police service in Essex. There are three options to consider. Watch the film and fill in the short questionnaire. It's important you have your say.
The consultation closes 10th May.
Consultations in 2016
Community Safety Partnership Survey
The Rochford District Community Safety Team wants your help in identifying local issues that cause you concern around crime, anti-social behaviour or community safety. The survey has been launched online on the council website and is also available as a paper version at the Council Offices in South Street, Rochford or Civic Suite, Hockley Road, Rayleigh for a copy.
Complete the survey online
Hockley Woods Play area Consultation
Rochford District Council’s Open Spaces Team wants to talk to as many park users as possible to get their thoughts on what needs to be done to improve the play area at Hockley Woods. The council are currently investigating the external funding sources that might be available to improve the play area for the benefit of the local community.Parks and open spaces are important within the community and promote physical and mental wellbeing. Our Parks and open spaces are used by schools, colleges, and community organisations, they support tourism and our economy and provide spaces for community events and large festivals such as Wild Woods Day.Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring, said: “We want to get an expert opinion from the people who know Hockley Woods play area the best – the users. We know how well loved the park already is, so we’re excited by the prospect of possibly being able to restore and refurbish it so people can continue to enjoy it”.
Community Engagement Events - Local Neighbourhood Plans
As part of the early engagement that the Council is undertaking to inform the preparation of the new Local Plan, Rochford District Council is holding workshops at local parishes to help explain the role of the Parish Councils in plan-making and to discuss the future development of each parish
.Please see link to Rochford District Council for more information:
Consultations in 2015
Other consultations are more focused, and the council consulted with the residents on the provision of a new piece of play equipment in the Plumberow Play Space. The questionnaire was sent to all the houses in the parish and although the response rate was relatively low, the results were clear; the new equipment was just what the parish wanted. The new piece of equipment was installed with a grant from the Communities Initiatives Fund from Essex County Council, and has become a firm favourite with the children who use the playing area.
One of the incidental benefits of the survey was the amount of interest that it generates and the Council is now considering how it can undertake a more general consultation on the open spaces available, matching what we have with what is needed in the area.