The High Court has made an injunction to prevent overnight camping 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 29th year, applied successfully for the order at the High Court of Justice in London (Tuesday, 26 July).
The order will run from 00.01am on Thursday, 18 August through to 23.59pm on Saturday, 3 September, 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 a similar format as those made in previous years.
Alex Porter, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the injunction was important to protect the Clacton Airshow.
“In the past we have had issues with large unauthorised encampments in the district, affecting the Airshow, so we do all that we can to prevent disruption to this amazing event,” Councillor Porter said.
“The injunction has previously been effective to both deter and deal with problems.
“Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Airshow – which can attract up to 250,000 people over the two days – but there is no need to camp out to get a good viewing spot.”
Radio Airshow from BBC Essex will once again broadcast live from Clacton Airshow on 103.5FM and BBC Sounds for flight fans who cannot make it down to enjoy the event in person. Those who are travelling to the event can make use of the Park and Ride service from Hedingham Buses or the event car park run by the Clacton-on-Sea Rotary Club at West Road.
Councillor Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “This injunction is a great help to the council in moving on unauthorised encampments on as quickly as possible.”
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 Hastings Avenue, Hastings Bay and Martello Coach and Car Park sites.
Full details of the injunction and a schedule of the areas covered by it can be found on TDC’s website.
This year’s Clacton Airshow takes place on 25-26 August.