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Public toilets re-open across Tendring

All public toilets run by Tendring District Council (TDC) are now open.

The facilities had been closed during lockdown in line with Government regulations, and since restrictions were lifted TDC had been working on plans to re-open them safely.

Initially 12 toilets in seafront locations were opened to provide amenities for people using seafronts.

Now further measures have been put in place to allow all of the authority’s toilets to be re-opened.

To allow for the additional safety measures opening times will be different, with toilets opened from 10am until 8pm – with the exception of the facilities in Connaught Avenue, Frinton, which will open at 8am.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, welcomed the news.

“We understand there has been some frustration that our public toilets had been opened on a limited basis, but this has been necessary to make sure we have the appropriate safety measures in place both for the public and our staff,” Councillor Talbot said.

“I am glad that we can now open all of our public toilets, which we know are important for many people visiting our seafronts and town centres – particularly as non-essential retail outlets can now re-open.”

Toilet users are being reminded to maintain social distancing and to follow instructions about maximum numbers or closed cubicles at all times, and to ensure they wash their hands after using the facilities. Visit our website for advice and information, including toilet opening times at

The public are also asked to be polite and courteous to cleaning staff while carrying out their role – which may involve them asking people to leave or wait while cleaning is done.

Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, added: “Our toilet cleaners have a tough enough job to do as it is without facing abuse from the public, but sadly a minority feel it is acceptable to do this.

“It is completely abhorrent and unacceptable, and our staff have rightly been instructed to walk away from any such situation. So if anyone does abuse our staff, we may be forced to close toilet facilities as we will not be able to clean them.

“So please remember to #BeKind and respect those who are working hard to provide facilities for the general public.”

Tendring beaches increase their number of Blue Flags

Seven beaches in Tendring have been handed prestigious awards by Keep Britain Tidy as the district increases the number of its Blue Flags.

Beaches at Brightlingsea, Dovercourt Bay, Harwich, Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and the town’s Albion beach, and Martello Bay in Clacton have all been given Seaside Awards in recognition of their quality.

In addition the beaches at Dovercourt Bay, Brightlingsea kept their Blue Flag status – while Walton-on-the-Naze has been newly awarded the top title.

It means all Tendring seafronts have kept their accreditation or improved it.

Councillor Alex Porter, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC), said the awards reflected just how important seafronts are to the area.

“Our beaches right around the district are a brilliant asset, not just for residents but also for tourists and the whole tourism industry,” he said.

“We recognise this and invest so much in them – from our Beach Patrol service in the holidays, improvements to our seafronts and promenades, or even creating beautiful new beaches as we did in Holland-on-Sea, with improved accessibility from the cliff stabilisation scheme.

“This recognition is a great advert for the Essex Sunshine Coast, and it should be remembered it is not easy to keep, let alone gain, Blue Flag and Seaside Award status.

“We will continue to look after our beaches for the benefit of all and, when it is safe to do so, welcome all visitors back to our wonderful coastline.”

Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, added: “Following government’s announcement yesterday relaxing social distancing measures from next month, we are fully committed in preparing our leisure and tourism sector to get back to business from 4 July.

“If you are thinking about taking a break in the summer time why not consider the welcoming Essex Sunshine Coast.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard McIlwain said: “The success of the Tendring coastline in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.

“This year, with the pressure on local services created by COVID-19, we would urge anyone visiting this fantastic beach to help out by taking their rubbish home with them and leaving the beach as they found it.”

Clacton Airshow postponed until 2021

The Clacton Airshow, Essex’s biggest event, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision to postpone this year’s event, due to be held on 27-28 August, was taken by organisers Tendring District Council (TDC) after much consideration around visitor safety and in line with the Government’s current recommendations.

However the Airshow will return in 2021, on 26-27 August.

Running for 28 years, Clacton Airshow attracts around 250,000 spectators over the two-day event. It has become the number one most-visited event in Essex, and brings a huge annual boost to the local economy.

Alex Porter, TDC Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism, said the decision to postpone was a disappointing one to have to make, but the correct move.

“Although lockdown restrictions have recently started to be eased, there is no possible way to maintain social distancing with more than 200,000 visitors gathering along our seafront,” Cllr Porter said.

“We recognise that lockdown restrictions may change further in the coming months, but under the published recovery plan it does not look likely we would be able to go ahead. Furthermore, the Airshow takes a lot of planning, and though we have held off a decision for as long as possible we are now at the point where we either plunge headlong into organising, or postpone.

“The Clacton Airshow will return in 2021 and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to our beautiful district when it is safe to do so.

“We are now talking to local businesses and tourism providers about how we go back to business and the best ways to reignite the tourist economy – such as trying to extend the season into the Autumn to give businesses an opportunity to flourish.”

Images Speak a Thousand Words!

In a time where we are social distancing and encouraging people to #stayathome, there are still ways we can appreciate the beauty of the Essex Sunshine Coast.

Take a look at our Instagram pictures to remind you all just how wonderful Tendring is and to put a much needed smile on our faces.

Please feel free to use our hashtag #EssexSunshineCoast to share your memories with us and even be featured on our page.

Follow us on: @essexsunshinecoast


Harwich Illuminate 2020

Home of the award winning Clacton Airshow, the Essex Sunshine Coast has a lot of exciting events happening near you.

We are currently planning this year’s Harwich Illuminate Event which will take place on the 27th & 28th November 2020. 2020 is a year of celebration of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower to the New World, carrying the Pilgrims, a year which will be book-ended by Illuminate Festivals in November around Thanksgiving.

Historic Harwich has a strong link to The Mayflower as home to the ship, its master Captain Christopher Jones – whose house still stands in Kings Head Street – and some of its crew. For this reason Harwich is part of the Mayflower 400 Compact, an international group of destinations linked to the story.