Rochford District

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.

Rochford District
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)
Area rank171st (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank280th (of 317)
  Density1,300/sq mi (510/km2)
96.5% White
1.2% S.Asian
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UL (ONS)
E07000075 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ876904

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

Rochford District is twinned with the German town of Haltern.

Energy and environment policy

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


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


  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 on 17 February 2019.

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