Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council


Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley

From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.

We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.  

  • Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
  • Keep a safe distance from others  and continue to wash your hands regularly.

If you do go to the  pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.

Council Leader


The Leader of the Council is elected every year at the Annual Meeting of Council which normally takes place in May. The Leader is usually the group leader of the majority political party.

The Leader of Castle Point Borough Council (2019 -2020) is:

Cllr Norman Smith (Leader)

Norman Smith

  • Party: Conservative
  • Ward: Boyce
  • Telephone: 01268 756793
  • Email:
  • Address: 193 Vicarage Hill, Benfleet, Essex,  SS7 1PF

Responsibilities – Chairman of Cabinet

  • Strategic Policy including Corporate Plan – council vision- values and Priorities
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Chairman of the Local Strategic Partnership
  • Chairman of the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership
  • Liaison with Central and Regional government departments and organisations
  • Lead on Strategic Partnerships with other Authorities
  • Strategic Asset Management
  • Strategic Housing Policy
  • Strategic Planning Policy
  • Lead Member on Association of South East Local Authorities (ASELA)
  • Lead Member on Sustainability
  • Lead Member on Communication
  • Liaison with Cabinet Members, Committee Chairman and other Members.

The Leader is supported in his role by the Deputy Leader, Cllr Jeffrey Stanley.