17 June 2011
Greens double their numbers in the Rochford District to form first green group on the council.
Councillor Diane Hoy won a majority of 198 in the Thursday 16 June by-election, to create the party's first Green Group on the Rochford District Council.
Diane will now join Councillor Mike Hoy in the council chamber as they strive to serve the residents of Hullbridge and hold the Tory held council to account.
The Green Party has seen a 100% increase in their representation on Rochford District Council after only making their initial break through less than 14 months ago with Mike Hoy's election in May 2010.
Diane Hoy said "I look forward to serving the Hullbridge constituency and in particular forcing the Tory council to finally take heed of the over 800 residents who last year opposed the building of 500 new houses on the village's Green Belt.
"Now that we have our first Green Group on the council, we can prevent the Tories from ignoring the wishes of our constituency again."
Adrian Ramsay, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, said: "Many congratulations to Diane and local Green campaigners in Hullbridge. It's fantastic that we've made another gain and now have two councillors who will fight hard for local residents and for the local environment in Hullbridge."