Residents in Tendring are being encouraged to take part in a consultation over plans to extend the boundaries of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Natural England is looking to widen out the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB into parts of Essex, including Tendring.
Under the proposals, the AONB area would extend south of the River Stour to include the waterfront from Manningtree right along to the edge of Parkeston, including Mistley, Bradfield and Wrabness.
Some inland areas would also be included, such as woodland south of Manningtree, and land stretching up from the coastline up to 2km inland in some areas.
The consultation runs until April 20, and Tendring District Council is urging people to have their say.
More information on the plans, including a map showing the proposed extension area, can be viewed at Harwich and Manningtree libraries, while Natural England is also holding a public drop-in event at the Venture Centre, in Lawford, from 10am to 3.30pm on February 21. Tendring residents unable to make the Lawford event could also travel to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Woolverstone for a drop-in session on February 20, at the same times.
For more information about the plans and to take part in the consultation, visit https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/suffolk-coast-and-heaths-aonb or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a consultation pack.
Neil Stock, Tendring District Council leader, said it was important that people took part in the consultation.
“It is key that residents’ and businesses’ views are heard on these proposals,” he said.
“Whether you think the proposed extension meets the requirements and is desirable or not, make sure your voice is heard.”