December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A High Court injunction has been granted to prevent overnight camping on car parks, seafront roads and open spaces in Tendring during the Clacton Air Show.
The move has been made after a number of campervans and caravans turned up on Marine Parade West, Clacton, last year – just days before the air show was due to begin.
They were forced to leave and ended up going to various others sites around the district.
To prevent similar problems this time, Tendring District Council, which organises the annual event, successfully applied for the injunction at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
The order is now in force and runs until the end of August 28 and covers specified areas from Jaywick, Clacton, Holland, Frinton and up to the Naze at Walton.
It applies to any campervan, mobile home, caravan or tent and also covers those roads adjoining the seafront.
Anyone who fails to obey the order could be held in contempt of court and could be sent to prison, fined or have their assets seized.
Alan Goggin, Tendring cabinet member for tourism, said it was unfortunate that there was a need to go to such lengths but the aim is to prevent disruption to the premier event on the district’s calendar.
He said: “Last year the vehicles arrived and set up camp just as we were trying to set up for the air show which pulls in around 140,000 people over the two days.
“For obvious reasons we cannot run the risk of finding ourselves in a similar situation this year and have taken steps through the High Court to have the necessary measures in place.
“We welcome everyone to the air show and are hoping for record crowds but we do need to ensure the event goes ahead smoothly without the difficulties we encountered last time.”
The injunction was made out in favour of the district council, Essex County Council and Smith Farms (Clacton) Ltd.
The Clacton Air Show – now in its 22nd year – takes place on Thursday and Friday.
It is the main event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the district’s economy – bringing in around £4million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.
Highlights include displays by the Red Arrows both days, an appearance by a Vulcan and a Rolls Royce Spitfire, an unarmed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft with a top-speed of 446mph.