Retail Support

Our Town Centre Co-ordinator, Rachel Fryer provides support to retailers in all the key town centres in the District including Clacton, Walton, Frinton, Manningtree, Harwich, Dovercourt and Brightlingsea, and is working to:

  • Assist in the promotion of each town centre
  • Encourage and assist new local businesses to open in some of the empty shops in our high streets
  • Develop new ways of increasing footfall in our towns
  • Assist existing retailers with access to business support, training and development
  • Develop partnerships with local businesses, Chambers and Business Associations

If you are a national retailer, a budding entrepreneur or someone who is looking to start up a retail business and would like some help in finding a suitable property in any of our town centres, then please contact Rachel Fryer, Town Centre Coordinator on 01255 686149 or e-mail:

Shop Local

The District has 6 main shopping towns - Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Dovercourt, Brightlingsea & Manningtree, all of which are very different.

The largest town, Clacton-on-Sea, has an excellent choice of the most popular ‘High Street’ names, and a good selection can also be found in other town centres as well.

However, where the District excels is in the abundance of independent retailers we have not just in our towns, but in all our villages too, offering a unique opportunity to purchase goods that you cannot generally find on the High Street.

Free Parking Initiative

In 2011 a free parking initiative was introduced to encourage additional footfall in our towns in the afternoons.

Due to the success of this trial, this initiative is still in place and it means that visitors and residents can park in any Council car park for FREE from 6pm - 8am all year round (the only car parks excluded from this scheme is The Naze at Walton and Holland Haven, Holland-on-Sea).

This means that all our car parks are now FREE OF CHARGE to park in from 6.00pm  - 8.00am – all year round. (The only 2 exceptions are The Naze at Walton & Holland Haven, Holland-on-Sea.)

Free Parking Permits to Tendring Council Tax Payers

All council tax paying households within the Tendring District can register for a Free Parking Permit, which can be used at all Tendring District Council-run car parks (except for the Naze and Holland Haven) between 11am and midnight.  They are valid from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2017 but not for the months of July and August.

Parking permits to those living outside the District

If you live outside the District, you can also apply for a special ‘Season ticket’ which allows you to park in any council Car Park for just £50 a year, except for the Naze and Holland Haven.

All Permits must be applied for on line and this can be done here:

For further information or if you have any queries, please contact TDC Parking Services on 01255 686969.

For locations of TDC car parks please visit our parking pages.

A Board Guidance

Businesses across Tendring are being encouraged to fully market themselves in a bid to attract customers – but also keep streets safe and tidy for pedestrians. Many shops and firms use A Boards to advertise, but they can create a hazard for those walking round main shopping areas. They can also cause problems for the visually impaired, wheelchair users, pushchairs and mobility scooters.

Tendring District Council (TDC) wants to see trade booming without causing a danger to shoppers, so the Council has produced a set of guidelines aimed at striking the right balance and hopes that businesses will do their bit by sticking to the protocol. This involves only putting out one A Board per premises and also siting them in the correct place. The guidelines include a checklist of best practice, making clear what is acceptable – as well as what isn’t.

Copies of the guidelines can be downloaded from the useful documents section, or obtained from TDC’s Planning Department on 01255 686161 or by emailing

Last updated on: 17/05/2017 - 13:03