Relaunched app shows how busy beaches are on Essex Sunshine Coast

An app has been launched which shows visitors to the Essex Sunshine Coast how busy the beaches are.

LoveTendring was first created by Tendring District Council (TDC) to promote events and what’s on in the area.

Now the authority’s IT team has added new functionality, making the app even more useful for users.

The interactive maps function shows nearby car parks, toilets and other facilities, and also tells you how busy beaches are based on hourly data from TDC’s Beach Patrol.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the new look and feel – as well as the new information – made the app a real must-have for residents and visitors alike.

“LoveTendring is packed with useful information for people when they visit our district, whether they come from afar or are being tourists in their own area,” Councillor Porter said.

“The busy beaches feature in particular is really useful – showcasing our quieter beaches as well as the more popular ones. That is useful if you’re worried about social distancing, just prefer a quiet beach, or even if you enjoy people watching and want more of a crowd.

“I’d encourage everyone to download LoveTendring today.”

LoveTendring for Android
LoveTendring for Apple

The app still contains what’s on information, as well as details of activities around Clacton 150, the Princes Theatre and others.

There is also useful information for residents, such as showing a ward map of the district and where polling stations are, and linking to the MyTendring online self-service system where people can do things like checking their rubbish day.

Councillor Carlo Guglielmi, TDC Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources, added: “Our IT team has done a fantastic job with this app, developing it into something which can be used year-round.

“We will continue to develop new features on LoveTendring going forward, and we would ask people to share their feedback and ideas with us so we can continue to deliver something useful for residents going forward.”

Anyone with suggestions can email them to communications@tendringdc.gov.uk.

Route of Colchester to Clacton leg of Women’s Tour 2021 revealed

Some of the world’s best cyclists will pass through Colchester town centre as they take in a whistle-stop tour of north Essex as part of a prestigious race.

SweetSpot Group has announced the routes for the upcoming Women’s Tour 2021, the penultimate stage of which will see 16 teams race from Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park to Clacton.

Riders will first complete a lap of the closed road circuit at the sports park before heading into the town centre where spectators will be able to watch from behind barriers.

The 95.5km route will then take riders through Ardleigh to Elmstead, before heading through Wivenhoe, Alresford, Thorrington and Brightlingsea.

It then travels into St Osyth before passing Clacton, where spectators will once again be able to cheer riders on.

Cyclists will complete a loop through Holland, Thorpe and Manningtree before ending up in Clacton once again.

Women's Tour 2021 Stage 5 Map

Paul Dundas, leader of Colchester Council, said: “With Stage 5 of this international event beginning at Colchester’s new Northern Gateway Sports Park, it’s an excellent opportunity to showcase the excellent cycling facilities we can all now enjoy in the borough.

“As the route passes through our historic town centre, we look forward to seeing residents, visitors, schools and businesses join us to cheer on the riders as they race towards the finish line in Clacton.”

Alex Porter, Tendring Council’s leisure and tourism boss, said: “We know from the previous years we have hosted this elite race just what a spectacle it is, an event enjoyed by both dedicated cycling fans and newcomers to the sport as well.”

The Colchester to Clacton race takes place on Friday, October 8. Visit www.womenstour.co.uk.

(Clacton Gazette 21/07/2021).