Rochford District Council - Peer Review Report

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rochford District Council was praised for its ‘ambition’, commended on its ‘leadership throughout austerity’ and praised for involving the wider community to create a fully inclusive vision that can be shared by all, by a peer review committee last year.

Peer challenges are improvement focussed and tailored to meet individual councils’ needs. They are designed to complement and add value to a council’s own performance and improvement.

The Local Government Association Corporate Peer Challenge Team spent 4 days at the council offices in Rochford in November to look at how it operates and report these findings back to the council’s Leadership Team.

There are examples of good practice and strong performance across the council. The open doors pilot, leading on health and wellbeing, the Discover 2020 festival and performance in recycling are just a few of the areas the council can be proud of. There are good examples of shared services with other organisations from all areas across the council, which should be developed further.

The report provided some very positive comments about the work the council is doing especially around the asset programme, for realising assets, saving money through procurement, and the Connect programme.  It was also hugely complimentary about staff and their commitment to delivering great services for residents. 


The council is well regarded by external stakeholders and is a good partner because it involves partners from different sectors in developing a shared ambition for the district. Targeted investments have already been successfully sought - £4.5m full fibre connectivity and £23m to the airport business park.

The report also makes a number of recommendations where the council should look to make ‘quick wins’ and practical actions.

Rochford District Council’s Leader, Councillor Mike Steptoe said: “This report reconfirms not just how much the council has achieved but also recognises how it continues to look toward bringing further benefits to the district’s businesses and community.

“The council’s Leadership Team are currently working through the recommendations to prepare an action plan, however there is already rapid progress in several areas including a detailed report to the Executive in February.”

The full Peer Review Report can be found here :