Free WiFi Clacton Town Centre
Council bosses to revive Clacton town centre with free WiFi, pedestrianisation, extra parking, and stage.
13:03 10 September 2019
Council bosses have confirmed plans to turn around the fortunes of Clacton’s flagging shopping centre. They have recently set out their vision to introduce free WiFi service as well as extra parking, a raised performance area, a programme of events and pedestrianisation. This follows the closure of Marks & Spencer and Mothercare in the main shopping area, which has been left struggling in recent years. The announcement comes after the Government has confirmed that Clacton was one of 50 more towns to receive a share of the £1billion Future High Streets Fund.
Tendring Council’s cabinet is set to outline its proposal for the short, medium and long-term, including how to spend £250,000 on short-term projects.
Mary Newton, cabinet member for business and economic growth, said: “Clacton, like town centres up and down the country, is facing a period of transition shaped by many factors, such as changes to the way people shop and interact with high streets.
“For me this is about transition and opportunity, not decline –if high streets do not adapt, they will die – and I believe this vision and work will enable Clacton to thrive for many years to come.
“We are fortunate to have been included in the extension of the Future High Streets Fund, and the work done with local stakeholders has been invaluable in shaping our response to this.
“We will bring forward a range of exciting proposals for the town centre and engage with Clacton residents and visitors on these.
“It’s understandable that there is public interest in our ownership of the former M&S building when the store closed, and people will wonder about future plans for strategic property ownership.