Local MP Priti Patel paid a visit to Rural Community Council of Essex on 28th October 2016 at their offices in Feering. During the meeting, Priti discussed the RCCE's strategic plan, the funding schemes they manage for rural communities, and their campaigning for better rural infrastructure and services. Priti said:


"Our rural communities make a tremendous contribution to our economy and are wonderful places to live. The RCCE do some fantastic work supporting our rural communities to thrive and I was pleased to discuss the actions they are taking on planning, housing, crime and other issues."


"Throughout the Witham constituency we have some of England’s most incredible and beautiful villages and countryside. Charities like the RCCE make a positive difference to preserve the character of rural areas while helping them to modernise and innovate.”


Nick Shuttleworth, Executive Director of RCCE, said: “we were delighted to welcome Priti Patel MP to our offices to see the work our different teams are doing for the benefit of rural areas across Essex.  We look forward to working with her to further strengthen projects in rural areas in the future."