Four new Changing Places facilities open in Tendring

Four new specialist toilet and changing facilities have opened along the Essex Sunshine Coast.

Changing Places facilities have been built in Brightlingsea, Clacton, Frinton and Holland-on-Sea by Tendring District Council (TDC).

A Changing Places facility is for people who cannot use traditional disabled toilets and include hoists, height-adjustable changing tables and sinks, and shower facilities too.

The four new amenities join five existing ones in Tendring, and anyone wishing to apply for a key to access them can apply on the TDC website at

Grant funding of £300,000 from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities paid for the new facilities in Brightlingsea, Clacton and Holland Haven; while Essex County Council’s Short Breaks service, which supports disabled children in the county, funded the site in Frinton.

Full details of the locations of Changing Places facilities, and how to access them, can be found on the national website at

Council commits to Clacton Airshow for four years

Clacton Airshow will go ahead for the next four years under a commitment made today (Friday, 25 January).

A Cabinet meeting held at event organisers Tendring District Council (TDC) agreed to run a Clacton Airshow annually up to and including 2027 during a meeting this morning.

Clacton Airshow – which is staging its 31st event this year on 22-23 August – regularly attracts 250,000 visitors over the two days, and is worth an estimated £12.2million to the local economy.

Clacton Airshow Crowd

Ivan Henderson, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism, said the four-year decision put the event on a more sustainable footing.

“Clacton Airshow is a fantastic event, there is no doubt about that, and gives a huge added value to the district economy,” Cllr Henderson said.

“It also involves a serious commitment of money, time and resources from this council; all things we – like local authorities up and down the country – do not have endless supplies of and need to carefully consider where we use them.

“The economic benefits, and the smiles on people’s faces as they turn their eyes to the skies, make Clacton Airshow a worthwhile investment. By committing to it for four years, instead of annually, means the brilliant team that puts it together can benefit from economies of scale and explore further income options to reduce its cost to the council – safeguarding its future going forward.

“We are confident this will be a welcome decision, not only from the hundreds of thousands of flight fans, but also from local residents who told us in our recent Corporate Plan consultation that the event was something they were proud of. Indeed, this meets Our Vision theme of promoting our offer and attracting visitors to the area.”

The decision does not mean that the Airshow will end in 2027, but will be subject to a further review and commitment.

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TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight

TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), features events with expert speakers covering topics on digital marketing, inclusive employment, and women in business, to more niche industries such as tourism and creative and cultural arts.

Tendring4Growth Business Fortnight

Locations across Tendring will play host to these events from Monday, 25 September to Wednesday 4 October, including a Jobs and Skills Fair; details can be found on our Eventbrite page and attendees are asked to book in advance to help manage numbers.

Cllr Ivan Henderson, TDC Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Regeneration & Tourism, said he was looking forward to meeting local firms, celebrating success and encouraging new business relationships.

“Businesses big and small play a vital role in Tendring’s local economy, whether they are a cottage industry or a large manufacturing firm, an entertainment venue or servicing offshore wind turbines,” Councillor Henderson said.

“Our TENDRING4GROWTH fortnight celebrates all of that, providing something that all small independent businesses should take advantage of.”

The TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight begins on Monday, 25 September with Spotlight on Tendring at the new Sunspot business centre in Jaywick Sands from 10am to 12.30pm. Keynote speaker Scott Russell from Paddy & Scott’s will discuss his business journey, whilst Colbea and Backing Essex Business will provide information on business support available across the district.

This is followed on Tuesday, 26 September with Coastal Tourism at The Waterfront Harwich from 10am to 1pm. Speakers include representatives from Harwich and Dovercourt Tourism Group, Essex County Council, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants, Landguard Trust, and Freeport East.

On Wednesday, 27 September the Digital and Independent Retailers event will take place at the Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea from 10am to 12:30pm. Speakers include The Write Impression (TWI), Leading Motion Ltd, and Essex Police who will provide support for establishing a robust online presence and cybersecurity.

Week two begins with a Women in Business networking event on Monday, 2 October at Clacton Leisure Centre from 10am to 12.30pm. Speakers include Ambitious Women in Essex and various local businesswomen.

On Tuesday, 3 October, three events will take place. Harwich Arts Centre will host the Creative and Culture event from 10am to 12:30pm with speakers from Arts Council England, Clacton Creatives, Colbea, and TDC.

Kingscliff in Holland-on-Sea will host two informal events focusing on inclusive employment, starting with the Military Employer Recognition Scheme from 10am to 12pm – Followed by Disability Confident from 12pm to 4pm.

Closing the open invitation Business Fortnight is the Innovation: A Freeport East, Industry & Innovate UK Edge Perspective event on Wednesday, 4 October at Wix Village Hall from 10am to 12:30pm. This will explore how the freeport will boost global trade for local business, with speakers from RWE Renewables, Freeport East, and Innovate UK Edge.

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

(Clacton Gazette 21/07/2021).