Friday 8 November Get Moving Walking Group

meeting at Alton Water Car Park IP9 2RY


Walk your way to good health this autumn!  A fun gentle walking group for all ages and abilities. Come along and make new friends from your local community, have fun and get active!  Fridays, 11am – 12.30pm.    Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks



Available on the day mobile 07379 145 536


If you can't join us this time, why not come along to our next Friday walk on 15th November meeting at Wivenhoe Train Station CO7 9DJ


We also run walking groups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays - visit the physical activities page for more details.


Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks


Views Wanted On Proposed Housing Strategy

People’s views are wanted by Tendring District Council (TDC) on its draft Housing Strategy. The document, which covers the period 2019-2024, sets out the council’s approach to deliver homes to meet the needs of local people. It identifies housing need across Tendring, with the council facing a particular shortfall  of one-bedroom properties – especially those suitable for older people – and homes around Clacton.


A number of approaches are recommended as part of the strategy, looking both at longer-term ways of tackling the housing supply market such as through garden communities and the Local Plan, and making best use of and improving the existing council housing stock of 3,134 homes.  In addition it also sets out a development and acquisition programme with an aspiration to increasing council housing stock by 200 homes in the next five years. This would be funded by borrowing, Right to Buy receipts and developer contributions.


Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing, said he looked forward to seeing the feedback from public and stakeholders, such as housing associations and landlords, before the strategy was finalised. “Housing is not just about bricks and mortar and we want to take a holistic look at the issue in the district,” Cllr Honeywood said.  “We are determined to work with our partners to deliver local homes for local people, tackle homelessness, make the best use of existing housing and support people in their homes and communities. At the heart of this strategy is a commitment to deliver new council housing in the district for the first time in a generation. We have an excellent reputation as a landlord, and want to be an excellent enabler and provider of new, quality homes – whether in larger developments or smaller, community based schemes. The strategy also looks at how we tackle homelessness and issues within the private rented sector too, working proactively with landlords to improve homes and tackle the worst housing conditions using our enforcement powers.”


The draft Housing Strategy can be read on the TDC website here:


The consultation runs from Tuesday 5 November until Tuesday 17 December.

People can give their feedback through the website above or by contacting Peter Russell, Housing Executive Projects Manager, at Tendring District Council, 90 Pier Avenue, Clacton, CO15 1NJ.


Tree Planting Mission Open To Volunteers

Volunteers are invited to come and help plant over 2,400 trees as part of a new woodland in Clacton.

Tendring District Council (TDC) and Trees for Cities have finalised plans for the second phase of planting at Rush Green Recreation Ground.

To coincide with National Tree Week 2019, planting of the remaining trees will take place from 10am on Saturday, 30 November, and members of the public and community groups are invited to take part.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, encouraged as many people as possible to come along.

“Trees to be planted include hawthorn, oak, wild cherry, field maple and mountain ash as these should survive for 100 years, and the trees will be sourced from UK nurseries to remove the risk of importing pests and diseases,” Cllr Talbot said. “The area to be planted forms part of the Rush Green Recreation Ground which used to be a rubbish tip, and the settlement of the area has made it unusable for sports pitches.”


Community groups, and TDC staff teams, are also being invited to take on a section of the woodland for them to manage over the first few years as the trees take root.


Alan Coley, Chairman of TDC’s cross-party working party on Climate Change, added his support for the event.

“Having declared a Climate Emergency and set an ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2030, anything we can do to help our environment and offset our emissions has to be a good thing,” Cllr Coley said.   “This new woodland will help to create a green lung for Clacton, as well as an open space for people and wildlife to enjoy. If you want to get involved then please come along.”


People attending the planting are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Tools and refreshments will be provided. A back-up date in January has been scheduled should the weather be too bad to allow planting on 30 November.


Trees for Cities is the only charity working nationally across the UK to improve lives by planting trees in cities. They get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods – whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food. As the planting event takes place in National Tree Week, Trees for Cities encourages everyone to come out and plant trees for future generations to enjoy. #GenerationTree    It is supporting TDC with the Rush Green Recreation Ground scheme, for which 2,500 trees were planted earlier this year.   If you are interested and able to assist with planting please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01255 686647.




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