An injunction has been granted by the High Court to stop camping overnight on selected car parks, seafront roads and open spaces during the Clacton Airshow period.
Tendring District Council (TDC), which runs the annual event now in its 28th year, applied successfully for the order at the High Court of Justice in London yesterday (Tuesday, 23 July).
The order will run from 12.01am on August 16 through to 11.59pm on August 31 and covers specified areas in Clacton. It applies to any campervan, mobile home, caravan or tent.
Failing to obey the order can lead someone to be held in contempt of court, with punishments including a potential prison sentence, fine or seized assets.
The injunction was made in favour of TDC and Essex County Council, and follows the same format as the Order granted last year.
Alex Porter, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the injunction was important to protect the Clacton Airshow.
“Previously we have had large unauthorised encampments in the district, so we must do all we can to prevent any disruption to what is a brilliant event,” Councillor Porter said.
“In the past we have had issues, and the injunction has previously proved effective in both deterring and dealing with problems.”
Councillor Porter added that everyone was welcome to enjoy the Airshow – which attracts around 250,000 people over the two days – but that there was no need to camp to get a good viewing spot.
Spectators can make use of the park and ride service operated by Hedingham Omnibuses from both Clacton Factory Outlet and Holland Haven – for details visit http://clactonairshow.com/parking-park-ride/ – take one of the extra train services to Clacton being run by Greater Anglia, and use the Holland-on-Sea seafront and new beaches and keep up-to-date with the event on BBC Essex’s Radio Airshow (103.5FM and 729MW).
Alternatively spaces can be booked at the public car park in West Road, Clacton, run by the Rotary Club and which is served by an accessible shuttle bus to the seafront. Details can be found at www.clactonrotary.org/air-show
Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “The council will do everything in its power to move unauthorised encampments on as quickly as possible and this injunction is a great help.”
The open sites covered by the order involve land on the south side of Marine Parade West from Clacton Pier to Collingwood Road, as well as the Martello Bay area.
Seafront roads covered are: Hastings Avenue (West Road to Selsey Avenue); Marine Parade West and West Road (between the junction with Marine Parade West/Wash Lane and Hastings Avenue).
The car park land includes the West Road, Hastings Avenue, Hastings Bay and Martello Coach and Car Park sites.
The Clacton Airshow is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £5million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.
Full details of the injunction and a schedule of the areas covered by it can be found on TDC’s website at: http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/environment/gypsies-travellers/gypsy-traveller-sites
This year’s Clacton Airshow takes place on 22-23 August. Flights already revealed include The Blades aerobatic display team, the Typhoon jet, and the return of a twilight flying display on the Thursday evening.