Tendring Council has announced plans to revive Clacton, after it was named as one of the 50 towns to benefit from an extension to the government’s £1bn Future High Streets Fund.
Outlining a strategy of short to long-term proposals, the authority will invest the first £150,000 of government funding in developing a full bid for up to £25m, following recommendations from local retailers’ Town Centre Working Party.
“I believe this vision and work will enable Clacton to thrive for many years to come,” said cabinet member for business and economic growth Mary Newton. “The work done with local stakeholders has been invaluable in shaping our response.”
The council will use £250,000 from the authority’s budget to enable short term projects, including improved access, increased parking, and a raised town square performance area.
Further long-term proposals, such as pedestrianising the southern part of Pier Avenue, will be discussed by the council on 13 September.