Rochford District

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Rochford District
Rochford, the administrative centre and one of the towns of the district
Rochford, the administrative centre and one of the towns of the district
Rochford shown within Essex
Rochford shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQRochford
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyRochford District Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec. 31 (Conservative)
 • MPsJames Duddridge
Mark Francois
 • Total65.44 sq mi (169.49 km2)
 • Rank171st (of 309)
 • Total85,661
 • Rank280th (of 309)
 • Density1,300/sq mi (510/km2)
 • Ethnicity
96.5% White
1.2% S.Asian
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UL (ONS)
E07000075 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ876904
Rayleigh, one of the towns of the district and its largest settlement

Rochford is a local government district in Essex, England. It is named for one of its main settlements, Rochford, though the major centre of population in the district is the town of Rayleigh. Other places in the district include Hockley, Ashingdon, Great Wakering, Canewdon and Hullbridge.

Hawkwell, one of the villages of the district

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Rayleigh Urban District and the Rochford Rural District.

Great Wakering, one of the villages of the district

Energy and environment policy[edit]

In October 2009 the Rochford District was commended at a national level for its outstanding progress in boosting domestic recycling rates from "below 20 per cent to nearly 70 per cent",[1] in the National Recycling Awards.[2] Rochford District was nominated in the Local Authority Target Success category, and beat four other short-listed local authorities to claim the award.[3]

In May 2006 a report commissioned by British Gas[4] showed that housing in the district of Rochford produced the 9th highest average carbon emissions in the country at 7,219 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

List of places in Rochford District[edit]


Previously British World Airlines had its head office at Viscount House at London Southend Airport.[5]


Coat of arms of Rochford District
Granted 8 March 1975.
Issuant from an ancient crown Or a mount Vert thereon in front of a representation of Rayleigh windmill Proper a seaxe fesswise Proper.
Chequy of twelve Or a rose Gules barbed and seeded proper charged with a like rose Argent barbed and seeded Proper and Gules a garb Or.
On the dexter side a bull [guardant] Sable armed unguled and winged Or and sinister a wyvern Vert.
Our Heritage Our Future.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rochford District Council wins National Recycling Award Rochford District Council MattersOnline
  2. ^ National Recycling Awards
  3. ^ Winners 2009 The National Recycling Award
  4. ^ Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "How to Contact Us." British World Airlines. 7 May 1999. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 51°34′54″N 0°42′30″E / 51.5817°N 0.7082°E / 51.5817; 0.7082