A public meeting has been held to discuss the history and future of Clacton’s Martello Towers.
Hosted by Tendring District Council (TDC), the event took place on Tuesday July 9 at the Jaywick Sands Martello Tower, which is a cultural centre and museum and included speakers from architectural firms, building consultants and Historic England.
Local residents also attended the meeting to put forward their ideas into how the Martello Towers could be used to benefit the community.
Martello Towers were built in the Napoleonic era as lines of defensive forts along England’s East and South coasts to protect against attack by the French emperor, and some remaining towers form prominent landmarks in Tendring.
TDC owns three Martello Towers in Clacton – D by the golf course, E near the Martello Inn, and F, which is currently let to a private tenant, next to Clacton Hospital – while Essex County Council owns Tower C in Jaywick Sands.
Lynda McWilliams, TDC Cabinet Member for Partnerships, said the event was successful and it was great to see residents turn out for the day.
“The Martello Towers showcase the history of the area, to see improvement and sustainable development, sensitive to their heritage would be beneficial to us all. It is hoped that the meeting will help to generate some ideas and provide guidance on what we can do”, Cllr McWilliams added
“Although no decisions will be made during the meeting, having a platform for discussions with experts and the local community is key to unlocking the future of these fantastic landmarks on our coastline.”