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The Leader and Deputy Leader of Rochford District Council welcome residents’ feedback on the Asset Delivery Programme published today

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June 30, 2021|2 Minutes

The Leader and Deputy Leader of Rochford District Council welcome residents’ feedback on the Asset Delivery Programme published today

The Deputy Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Cheryl Roe has thanked residents for their feedback to the Council’s proposed Asset Delivery Programme which has been published on the Voyage website today.

Cllr Cheryl Roe said; “In the last few weeks we have been sharing the council’s proposals for our Asset Delivery Programme and meticulously compiling all the feedback received and the valuable views given. I would like to thank each and every person who took the time to take part in the online survey, wrote to us and attended the live public webinars. In all 1,133 responses were received, all of which are vital as we move forward to shape the future of the District.

Key to this, is the ongoing transparency of the council’s proposals and the residents’ views. The Leader and I promised that the feedback whether positive or negative would be compiled and published for all to see, and today as promised, this information is now ready to view on the Voyage website. This means that we can take time to reflect on all the opinions expressed and this is what we, as councillors, will do.”

The Asset Delivery Programme covers six sites 3-15 South Street, Rochford, 57 South Street, Rochford, Freight House, Rochford, Civic Suite Site, Rayleigh, The Mill Site, Rayleigh and 19 South Street, Rochford.

Engagement included:

** Updating the website on a regular basis with the proposals and related information

** ‘Have your Say’ for residents’ views via an online survey

** Sharing information through the media and social media

** Holding two live public webinars question and answer sessions which were then made available via the Council’s YouTube channel

A summary of the feedback received, the number of responses, the method of communication and the theme of the feedback is on the www.voyage-partnership.co.uk website Feedback page.

A redacted version of the detailed data that sits behind this summary is available on request via the Voyage Partnership website Contact page.


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Important information regarding the Mill Arts and Events Centre Site

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May 6, 2021|1 Minutes

Important information regarding the Mill Arts and Events Centre Site

The Council is aware of a digitally created image that has been circulated on social media recently regarding the proposed development at The Mill Arts & Events Centre site in Rayleigh.

The image appears to show a block of flats superimposed on the site immediately adjacent to the existing pavement approaching the Windmill.

This image is not an accurate representation and has not been created by the Council or its partner gbpartnerships.

The Voyage website, www.voyage-partnership.co.uk specifically launched for this purpose, remains the location of all official information regarding the proposals. This includes images and sketches of the current proposals. The information on the website has been provided across a wide range of media including the recent webinars and shows accurate representations of the proposals at this time.


Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project

Engagement Window for Rayleigh Sites Extended to 25th April

Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project
April 7, 2021|2 Minutes

Engagement Window for Rayleigh Sites Extended to 25th April

Following an extremely well attended webinar on 17th March, the Voyage Partnership has extended the Pre-Planning Application Engagement window for the Civic Suite Site and The Mill Site until 25th April.

The extension to the engagement window is to ensure that every possible effort has been made to allow residents and local people to have their say on the plans. Further information, including links to the online feedback surveys are available at:
www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/civic-suite-site/ and
www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/the-mill-site-rayleigh/

Members of the public can also request hard copies of the pre-planning application engagement information and feedback forms by writing to the Voyage Partnership at: Voyage Partnership, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex. SS4 1BW.

The Voyage Partnership will use and reflect on this feedback from the community to ensure that the designs best reflect the future needs of the people that will use or live in the buildings.

The full recording of the webinar is now available to watch here: www.rochford.gov.uk/AssetsPublicWebinarMarch  

Questions asked before and during the webinar are also available to view on the Voyage Partnership Website: https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/

To find out more about the sites and the engagement activity, visit: https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/. The engagement surveys for both of these sites are open until 25th April.


Council webinar engages with residents on Assets Delivery Programme

March 18, 2021|1 Minutes

Council webinar engages with residents on Assets Delivery Programme

Rochford District Council held their second public engagement session webinar for its Asset Delivery Programme on Wednesday 17 March with specific focus on the proposals for the Rayleigh Mill Arts and Events Centre and the Civic Suite sites.

The Council would like to thank you to everyone who attended the session and will use and reflect on the feedback from the community to ensure that the designs best reflect the future needs of the people that will use or live in the buildings.

To find out more about the sites and the engagement activity, including a link to the online surveys, visit: https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/

The full recording of the webinar will be available shortly via the Rochford District Council YouTube page. A list of the questions raised, with answers will also be published on the Voyage Partnership website https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Wootton said:

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in our engagement webinar for the Council’s Asset Delivery Programme. There were a lot of questions raised and we managed to answer all of them live on the night. You can view these questions and answers in due course on the Voyage Partnership website.”


Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project

The Council welcomes collaboration with Essex Police in Rayleigh

Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project
March 17, 2021|1 Minutes

The Council welcomes collaboration with Essex Police in Rayleigh

Rochford District Council is pleased to confirm that Essex Police has expressed their support for using the proposed new community centre as part of their community policing approach to tackling and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect vulnerable people in the heart of Rayleigh.

The new community centre proposed to replace the existing Mill Hall will be able to host public outreach initiatives as well as private meetings enabling members of the public to interact with their local policing teams.

The Council will continue to explore opportunities for working in partnership with Essex Police to prevent and tackle crime and increase community engagement.

The Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton said: “I am delighted to announce that Essex Police are already making plans to use the proposed new community centre in Rayleigh. This will enable us to work together more efficiently for the benefit of the community, in an improved space equipped with the best and most up to date facilities”.


Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project

Call back offer

Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project
March 15, 2021|1 Minutes

Opportunity to speak by telephone to one of the Council’s project team.

Rochford District Council is offering members of the public a chance to speak by telephone to one of the Council’s project team direct to share their views on the Council’s proposed regeneration programme.

The Voyage Partnership is engaging with people living and working in the community and residents can give their feedback via the Voyage Partnership website www.voyage-partnership.co.uk. A webinar has been scheduled for 17 March 2021 at which residents will be able to learn more about the Council’s proposals, ask questions and share their views.  Not everyone has access to the internet or to email so being able to speak to the Council by telephone is an opportunity for those people to be part of the process too.

To register for a call back please contact our Customer Service Team on 01702 318111 or 01702 318191 or email customer.services@rochford.gov.uk or via our live chat at www.rochford.gov.uk

To keep up to date with our Asset Delivery Programme please visit www.voyage-partnership.co.uk

A list of frequently asked questions about the programme are also available at www.voyage-partnership/faqs


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How to get involved, Rayleigh Webinar Registration and Q&A details.

Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project
March 12, 2021|1 Minutes

How to get involved, Rayleigh Webinar Registration and Q&A details.

There is opportunity to ask questions both in advance of the webinar event on Wednesday 17th March – via a form on the website www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say – or during the webinar by providing your question in text format in the Q&A function in Zoom. Deadline for questions in advance is 12noon on 15th March.

Residents who ask questions in advance of the webinar via the website form, will be provided the opportunity to ask the question live to the panel on the evening. They will be contacted by a member of the Voyage Partnership team with details of how this will work once they have submitted their question.

The free to attend, online webinar event hosted on Zoom at 6pm on 17th March, will share details of the proposals for the development of the new purpose-built community centre in Rayleigh, housing at the Mill Arts and Events Centre site and housing and a commercial building at the Civic Suite site. To attend the event, residents need to register in advance via: www.tiny.one/rayleighwebinar


Exciting changes proposed for Rayleigh

March 12, 2021|1 Minute

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Proposals for the regeneration of the Mill Arts & Events Centre site and the Civic Suite site, in Rayleigh, are coming together.

We recognise that there is a great deal of interest in the Council’s Asset Delivery Programme, and specifically the Mill Arts & Events Centre. We want to ensure as many local people as possible are able to look at and comment on the proposals before they are finalised and formally submitted to the Planning Authority.

Read more here: Rayleigh Echo DPS for website


Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project

Rayleigh Pre-Application Engagement Webinar: Open for registration

Artists impression of the Mill Community Centre project
March 11, 2021|5 Minutes

Rayleigh Pre-Application Engagement Webinar: Open for registration

Voyage Partnership are running a webinar on Wednesday 17th March at 6pm for members of the public to find out more and ask questions about the proposals for the Rayleigh Mill Arts and Events Centre and the Civic Suite sites.

The free to attend, online webinar event hosted on Zoom, will share details of the proposals for the development of the new purpose-built community centre in Rayleigh, housing at the Mill Arts and Events Centre site and housing and a commercial building at the Civic Suite site. To attend the event, residents need to register in advance via: www.tiny.one/rayleighwebinar

More information about the proposals for both of these sites is available to view (and download) via the Voyage Partnership website. To find out more, visit www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say and click on the site you are interested in.

There is opportunity to ask questions both in advance of the webinar event – via a form on the website www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say – or during the webinar by providing your question in text format in the Q&A function in Zoom. Deadline for questions in advance is 12noon on 15th March.

The webinar event will be chaired by Mike Davies, Rochford District resident and Chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum. It will last 90 minutes and as many questions as possible will be responded to in the time available. Any questions that are not answered on the evening, will be responded to and published in full on the Voyage Partnership website shortly after the event. A recording of the webinar will also be available to view after the event via Rochford District Council’s YouTube channel.

Mike will be joined by speakers:

  • Cllr Simon Wootton, Leader of Rochford District Council
  • Angela Hutchings, Acting Managing Director, Rochford District Council
  • Matt Harwood-White, Senior Responsible Officer, Rochford District Council
  • Peter Buist, Lead Architect – Purcell UK
  • George Farley Programme Director, gbpartnerships ltd.

COVID-19 restrictions provide challenges in terms of community engagement and this webinar is one of the ways in which we are seeking the views of residents living and working in the community.

Interested parties can also submit their feedback on the proposals, via two online engagement survey’s that are available for feedback until the 11th April. Links to these surveys are available at www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say

About the event and how to attend:

  • The Raleigh Pre-Application Engagement webinar will be held on Wednesday, 17th March from 6pm-7:30pm. The session will start promptly at 6pm.
  • To attend, you need to register in advance at: tiny.one/rayleighwebinar. Details of how to login to the event on the evening of the 17th March, will be emailed to you, at the email address submitted when registering for the event.
  • The event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar, as such, participants will need an internet connection to attend. Participants will not be visible on the webinar, so a camera is not needed.
  • To help us to prepare you can ask questions in advance of the event, these need to be submitted via an online form on the website: voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say. Deadline for questions in advance is 12noon on 15th March.
  • Questions can also be submitted during the webinar by providing your question in text format in the Q&A function in Zoom.
  • The event will be recorded and hosted via Rochford District Council’s YouTube channel, for participants unable to attend on the evening.


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Update - Asset Delivery Programme

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March 11, 2021|4 Minutes

Update - Asset Delivery Programme

Many people have asked about the impact of COVID-19 on the Council’s Asset Delivery Programme, which will see the re-development of six of its key strategic sites.

COVID-19 has certainly changed our world but the changes we have seen in terms of reduced office space and better community spaces are, already reflected in our programme.

The office accommodation at the Freight House, Rochford has been planned to accommodate working arrangements with a reduced number of workstations and hot desking arrangements. This reduced office space will allow for flexible and agile working with a new welcoming area where our customers can access our services. COVID-19 and its impacts are on our programme risk register and so we are keeping that under regular review during the development phase.

Unfortunately, the Freight House is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but our proposals would mean a start on site in the winter of this year. The build period will be approximately 12 months and so the new premises are scheduled to open in winter 2022.

We are delighted that the Mill Arts & Events Centre is being used as a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre and we will continue to support the NHS in making that building available as the national vaccination programme is rolled out.

Following its premature closure for normal use due to the pandemic, the re-development of this centre has been brought forward in the programme, with residents set to be able to enjoy this exciting new facility by the Autumn of 2022.

To find out more about the sites and the engagement activity, including a link to the online surveys, visit: https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk/have-your-say/

Engagement surveys for the Mill Arts & Events Centre and the Civic Suite sites in Rayleigh are now open with a webinar running on Wednesday 17th March.

The full recording of the webinar will be available in due course via the Rochford District Council YouTube page. A list of the questions raised, with answers can be viewed soon after the event on the Voyage Partnership website https://www.voyage-partnership.co.uk

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Wootton said: “This programme will see a £1.5m investment to provide a community centre of which we can all be proud, and which will be much better equipped to meet the needs of our residents in the years ahead.

“We will of course be factoring in the impact of COVID-19 to our programme, and we are actually in a better position than many authorities as we were already working towards making our buildings more flexible in the ways they can be used.

“We will continue to liaise with the groups who use these facilities and keep them updated as part of our Stakeholder Forum, as we really want to engage with those who make of these sites. If you attend a class or group and you feel the organiser has been missed off our invitation list, please do let us know and we will be pleased to invite them.”