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11 April 2018: New Council Reception Opening Hours


From 16 April 2018 Rochford District Council will be changing their reception opening and closing times in Rochford and Rayleigh.

The new hours are as follows:

Rayleigh Civic Suite

Mon-Thurs    9am to 5pm

Fri -    9am to 4:30pm

Rochford, South Street

Mon-Thurs    8:30am to 5pm

Fri -    8.30am to 4:30pm


The council have reviewed the opening hours of the reception areas to ensure that resources are being used more efficiently and will remain contactable from 08.30am till 5.30pm (Monday –Thursday) and 5pm on Friday via email, web chat, our social media channels Facebook and Twitter and telephone, as normal.


10 April 2018: Not registered to vote? You must act now

Rochford district residents who have not yet registered to vote must do so by 17 April 2018 to be able to cast their vote in the 3rd May local election.

If you have recently moved house – whether you have moved within the district, or are new to the district – you need to register to vote at your new address. You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax.

There is still time to register, but you must act now. To register to vote you can:

1. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online - you will need your National Insurance number

2. Visit the Council Offices in South Street, Rochford or Rayleigh Civic Suite, to collect a form

3. Phone the Elections Office Helpline on 01702 318187 or email elections@rochford.gov.uk

Don’t miss out on your chance to have your say about how your district is run.

Angela Hutchings, Returning Officer at Rochford District Council says: “I urge all those that have not registered to vote in the district to register before the deadline so you can have your say. These elections are extremely important to our district and the successful candidates will have a big influence on the place you live over the next few years.”

If you are unable to go to the polling station on May 3 and would prefer to vote by post, the deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 18 April.

You can also apply for a proxy vote up until 5pm on 25 April. However if you have a medical emergency or are called away unexpectedly for work or service reasons after this date contact the Election helpline on 01702 318187 as you may be eligible for an emergency proxy vote.

For more information about the upcoming elections visit www.rochford.gov.uk/elections.


9 April 2018: Candidates standing for district elections


Residents in the Rochford District can now view the names of all candidates standing in the upcoming elections on our website at www.rochford.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/upcoming-elections

Poll cards were delivered to properties across the District between 27 March and 2 April. If you haven’t yet received your poll card, especially if you have recently moved house, you may not be registered to vote. You do not need to take your poll card to the polling station (unless you have an anonymous registration) but you do need to be on the Electoral Register to vote in all UK elections and referendums. You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax.

The last date to register for the Elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 is 17 April.

You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or you can contact the Election Office on 01702 318187.

If you are unable to go to the polling station on May 3 or would prefer to vote by post or proxy, the deadline for applying for a postal vote or to change existing absent vote arrangements is 5pm on 18 April.

You can apply for a proxy vote up until 5pm on 25 April. However if you have a medical emergency or are called away unexpectedly for work or service reasons after this date contact the Election helpline on 01702 318187 as you may be eligible for an emergency proxy vote.











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