The councils


While the two authorities do not share a boundary, they share many characteristics. They have similar sized budgets, a commonality in economies and a similar approach to service design.

Located in the south of Essex and approximately 20 miles apart, the two areas present a blend of characteristics.

Brentwood is well-known for its green space and woodlands, even though it’s located within easy commuting distance of London – and the new Elizabeth Line has made this connection even better, with faster and more frequent trains. Rochford is a mix of urban and rural and London Southend Airport sits within its boundaries.

While retaining their local identities both councils wish to harness their combined capacity to help shape their communities now and in the future.

You can read more in our One Partnership Handbook.

Brentwood Borough Council currently employs approximately 250 staff and the current political administration is made up as follows:

  • Conservatives: 18
  • Liberal Democrats: 17
  • Labour: 2

The Council’s Corporate Strategy outlines our five priorities

  • Growing our economy
  • Protecting our environment
  • Developing our communities
  • Improving housing
  • Delivering and efficient and effective council

Rochford District Council currently employs around 160 staff and the current political administration is made up as follows:

  • Conservatives:  12
  • Liberal Democrats:  9
  • Rochford District Residents:  7
  • Independent and Green:  5
  • Rochford District Independent Group: 3
  • Independent Conservative:  2
  • Non-Group Member: 1

The Council’s Business Plan outlines our four priorities:

  • Being financially stable
  • Early intervention
  • Maximise our assets
  • Enable communities
Two Councils One Shared Vision