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Tendring’s rich history is being protected and celebrated through a number of council-run or supported schemes.

An update on various work streams was presented to Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Resources and Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee last night (Monday, 7 February).

Among the updates presented, it was confirmed that the council is looking to find external funding for two ongoing heritage restoration projects.

The first, a scheme to restore Edwardian lamps on Clacton seafront – the town’s first electric lights, installed in 1912 – had recently seen a report from commissioned specialists advise that to replace the 21 lights would cost an estimated £250,000, excluding electrical works and other associated costs.

Meanwhile in Dovercourt structural surveys of the Leading Lights – two iron-framed lighthouses built in 1862 – revealed repair costs of around £400,000.

The committee heard that there was an aspiration to proceed with both projects, but it would be dependent on securing external grant-funding; possibly from organisations such as Historic England or the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, reinforced after the meeting the importance of heritage to the district.

“While Tendring may often be characterised by its Essex Sunshine Coast and beautiful countryside, there is such a rich tapestry of history that we should – and often do – protect and celebrate,” Cllr Porter said.

“We are already doing a lot, as the committee heard, and have some exciting things in the pipeline; however, restoration and protection of heritage is not something we can do alone, and we look forward to building upon our existing strong relationships with partners to develop this going forward.”

At the meeting updates were given on other projects, including emergency repair works to Martello Tower E, a project jointly funded with Historic England on the Treadwheel Crane in Harwich, and development of Conservation Area Appraisals through the Local Plan and Planning Policy Committee.