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12 December 2017: Council secures second spot in the recycling table again!
Rochford District Council would like to thank residents for continuing to be green following the announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which monitors waste and recycling figures.
Statistics released by DEFRA placed Rochford second in the league with a recycling rate of 63.9 per cent out of more than 350 local authorities across England. It means that residents across the Rochford District continue to be enthusiastic about recycling and ensuring as little goes to landfill as possible, meaning a greener future for all.
Since 2008, Rochford has gone from being one of the lowest performing local authorities in the country on recycling, with a rate of under 20 per cent, to one of the best, and it’s all because of the commitment shown by residents to recycling as much as possible.
The District has been in the top three for the past 9 years and has topped the table on two separate occasions.
This success has been due to residents embracing the simple ‘three bin’ system – with one bin for non-
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Dave Sperring, said: “It is wonderful news to hear that, once again, we are one of the top authorities in the country for recycling. We have such a simple but effective three bin system that makes it as easy as possible to recycle, but it’s really down to the actions of our residents that we have once again achieved this success. I’d like to thank everyone who takes the time to recycle and compost, so that Rochford can maintain its status as ‘the green District’.”
8 December 2017: Historic Milestone in Hall Road is reinstated
Rochford District Council are pleased to announce that the historic milestone which was temporarily removed in Hall Road, Rochford has been reinstated.
The Grade II listed milestone and was carefully removed and preserved for a period of time whilst the construction of Bellway’s new housing development got underway. Local resident Bob Burrell, a resident with a long interest in Rochford’s milestones, volunteered to keep the milestone safe for this period of time.
Cllr Ian Ward, Portfolio Holder for Planning at Rochford District Council says: “We are pleased that the milestone is back in its home of Hall Road after all this time. It is a prominent historic feature in the district and we had many enquiries from the public regarding when it would be reinstated. I would also like to thank Bob Burrell for keeping the milestone safe after all this time.”
1 December 2017: Have your say on the Budget Survey
Rochford District Council is carrying out a Budget Survey to find out how you want your council tax to be spent.
Sunday 7th January 2018 is the deadline for answering the questionnaire, which offers you the chance to have your say on what the District Council’s priorities should be when it decides its budget for the next 12 months
It is crucial that we have YOUR views as this is a time when all Local Authorities are facing increasing financial pressures, and must make difficult decisions about the services we provide. At Rochford District Council, we want to ensure your Council Tax is spent on the services you want and value the most.
Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Terry Cutmore, said: “The council continues to face substantial financial challenges due to the Government significantly reducing its grant to councils. We continue to seek out ways of making efficiencies, bringing innovative approaches to service delivery and working closely with our partners. We want to deliver the best quality of services to our residents while giving the best value for money and so it is vital that we hear from local people. We need to make some important decisions about how we allocate money and we want your views, so please have your say -
Please take the opportunity to have your say by completing the survey in one of the following ways:
1. The survey is available online, simply visit www.rochford.gov.uk/budgetsurvey.
2. Hard copies of the survey are available in the reception areas of the Rochford District Council offices in South Street, Rochford and the Rayleigh Civic Suite in Hockley Road, Rayleigh.
3. Hard copies of the survey are available in libraries across the District
4. If you are unable to fill in the survey by any of these methods then you can call the Council and we will ensure that you get one. Call Andrew Lowing on 01702 546366 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 November 2017: Nominate your Citizen of the Year
Do you know somebody who works tirelessly to make a difference to our local community? Now is your chance to give them the recognition they deserve, by nominating them for the Citizen of the Year Awards!
Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise and acknowledge local people for their valuable work and outstanding achievements. From providing essential services to the vulnerable, to tirelessly volunteering to help others, we want to hear about those extraordinary people that really make a difference to our community.
The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mrs Lesley Butcher, will judge the nominations, and all nominators and nominees will be invited to a special prize-
Cllr Mrs Butcher said: “The Citizen of the Year Awards are the ideal opportunity to give special recognition to those who deserve it. In particular, I’m looking out for outstanding young people who have gone above and beyond in our community, as well as those who make a big difference to the lives of younger people. There are so many people around us who do amazing things in the district so please help me give recognition to them. I look forward to reading your nominations!”
Nominations are open to individuals and groups located within the Rochford district.
The categories are:
Young Citizen (under 18) / Charitable Support (all ages) / Community Spirit (all ages)
The closing date for entries is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
For more information or to request an application form, contact 01702 318128 or CivicOfficer@rochford.gov.uk, or go to www.rochford.gov.uk/citizenoftheyear to submit your nomination online. Forms are also available from Rochford District Council’s offices.
10 November 2017 Council invest in public conveniences around the district.
Rochford District Council have invested £330,000 in refurbishing three of the districts public conveniences so that people continue to have a good standard of facilities whilst they are out and about.
The toilets located in Rayleigh have had £135,000 spent on new brand new facilities with the remaining £195,000 being spent across Hullbridge and Rochford, which includes a complete refurbishment.
10 November 2017 Rochford District Council Crackdown on Flytipping
Rochford District Council are reminding fly tippers that they are being watched as the council reveal they have had a successful year in cracking down on flytipping and littering offences.
Rochford District Council have had one successful prosecution and issued 4 fines for littering/fly tipping offences this year.
Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence and the courts have various powers available to them to tackle fly tipping, including imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000, orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.
Householders should ensure that all their waste is disposed of via their wheeled bins, the recycling banks around the district, the recycling centres for household waste, or the council’s chargeable bulky waste collection service.
Business premises have a duty to ensure that their waste is stored and disposed of lawfully. Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires businesses to make sure that they only transfer waste onto an authorised person in order to dispose of it correctly.
To report a case of fly tipping, or to enquire about a bulky waste collection, please contact Customer Services on 01702 318111.
7 November 2017 Council encourage textile recycling this autumn/winter
Now the autumn season has arrived and winter is looming, Rochford Council would like to encourage residents who are thinking of having a wardrobe clear out to consider how they can recycle any unwanted clothing and textiles.
Residents can recycle their unwanted textiles and clothing in the following ways:
Rayleigh Recycling Centre in Castle Road, SS6 7QF which is open 7 days a week, 9-
Essex Textiles, Blue Bag Kerbside Collection where residents can present their blue bags next to their Recycling Wheelie Bin on Recycling week to be collected. If you need some blue bags, these are available at our receptions in both Rochford and Rayleigh or you can call 0800 7879 071 to request some.
Local Charities and Re-
Textile recycling ‘Bring Banks’ located across the district. Visit www.rochford.gov.uk/environment/recycling/recycling-
You can sell your clothing items that are in a good condition on websites such as Ebay, Gumtree and even Facebook on their Marketplace.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring said: “At this time of year most people consider changing their wardrobes so this is a perfect opportunity to remind resident’s that textiles and clothing can be recycled and we would discourage anyone to throw clothes out with their general waste. We are proud of our high recycling rates in the district and want to discourage as little waste as possible going to landfill.”
October 2017: Free Parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas
Rochford District Council has agreed to free parking in its car parks all day on the four Saturdays before Christmas.
On December 2, 9, 16 and 23 motorists will be able to park free all day in the Council’s car parks.