Harwich welcomes visitors

We are delighted that many of Harwich's local businesses, pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020- our very own Independence Day!

In addition to the government's relaxation on Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, Ha'Penny Pier Pontoon will also be open for leisure vessels to berth overnight.

Please adhere to social distancing measures and stay safe while you enjoy our historic town.



A hairdresser’s salon in Harwich is being revamped with help from Tendring District Council (TDC).

Hair SHAC by the Pier, on The Quay, successfully applied for funding from the council’s Harwich and Dovercourt Bay Business Grant Scheme. The salon has been approved for almost £560 in match-funding for the works, which will see the redecoration of the salon as well as the installation of new blinds.

The grant scheme is to support independent businesses within the Harwich and Dovercourt town centre areas with a whole range of refurbishment and improvement projects, offering match-funding of between £100 and £2,000. A total funding pot of £20,000 is available, and the money is primarily being targeted in both towns to help mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower – the ship which carried the Pilgrims to America, which was from Harwich, along with several of her crew.

Gemma Deex, owner of hair SHAC by the Pier, said she will be using local firms Charlotte Briscoe Interiors and Rob McDonald Painting and Decorating to further support Tendring businesses. She said: “I am extremely grateful for the approval of this grant as it will enable me to make my boutique salon even more chic.

“This has come at the perfect time as the salon is closed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and I can’t wait to get started so hair SHAC by the Pier will be back open with a beautiful fresh feel for all our existing and new clients. I would also like to thank Tendring District Council for its support in providing this grant.”

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, urged other firms in the area to apply for a grant.

“It’s brilliant to see us starting to pay out some of the grant money to support local businesses, and the work being done to Hair SHAC by the Pier I’m sure will look fantastic when completed,” Cllr Newton said.

“With this grant not only are we supporting hair SHAC by the Pier, but through them local tradespeople too which is great to see. As Gemma has found, now could be the ideal time for other businesses in Harwich and Dovercourt to plan and carry out works such as these if you are closed due to Covid-19, and I would urge businesses to apply as soon as possible.”

For more information about the grants scheme, visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/harwich-and-dovercourt-bay-business-grants-scheme

Find out more about Harwich’s links with The Mayflower at www.historicharwich.co.uk

Launch of Business Grants Scheme

Last month Tendring District Council launched the Harwich and Dovercourt Bay Business Grants Scheme, and eligible traders are being encouraged to use the enforced lockdown period to send in their application form and draw up their plans.

Independent businesses in Dovercourt and Historic Harwich, can apply for a match-funded grant towards improvement works on their premises, with grants ranging from as little as £200 up to a maximum of £2,000. The work must be agreed with TDC before it commences, and the grant is paid once the works are completed.

Cllr Mary Newton, the council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, added: “Although council representatives visited all the businesses in both towns in early March, before the lockdown, we appreciate this grant scheme may have been put on the back burner while immediate matters of enforced closure and social distancing took precedence.

“We would like to remind businesses in Harwich and Dovercourt about the scheme, which is perhaps more important than ever now as we begin to consider how our recovery from this pandemic may look. Although we know many businesses are not currently able to trade or open their business at the moment, it could be ideal time to consider how you might be able to make use of these grants and consider an application.”

For full details of the grant scheme visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/tendring4growth


A vision for the future development of Dovercourt has been approved by senior councillors today (Friday, 19 July).

The Dovercourt Rediscovered masterplan was approved and adopted by Tendring District Council’s Cabinet, paving the way for long-term improvements to the area.

Numerous projects – the ‘Dovercourt Twenty’ – are identified in the work, carried out by consultants, and Tendring District Council (TDC) officers have now been tasked with bringing forward business cases for three of them.

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said Dovercourt Rediscovered highlighted a bright future for the area.

“This masterplan sets out a vibrant and exciting vision for the future of Dovercourt, and one I hope our partners, businesses and residents can all get behind,” Cllr Newton said.

“I look forward to now seeing and evaluating business cases for projects within it, and hope we can progress Dovercourt Rediscovered – while recognising it is a long-term initiative.

“With neighbouring Historic Harwich preparing for Mayflower 400 and hopes for long-term tourism boost, it is right that Dovercourt also both supports and benefits from this too.”

The Dovercourt Twenty consists not only of redevelopment projects but also proposes events such as festivals and open air cinema, and more formal town centre management.

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm commences

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Harwich International Port last week to mark the start of construction of the £10 million operations & maintenance (O&M) base for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.

The work is planned to take around 12 months to complete and create 120 direct and indirect local jobs.

To read the full article visit www.eadt.co.uk


A historic pub in Harwich is to be added to the register of Assets of Community Value.

The Globe Inn, in Castlegate Street, is Grade II-listed and dates back to 1753 – making it possibly the oldest still-trading pub in the town.

The Tendring branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) nominated the pub to be listed by Tendring District Council (TDC) as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

ACVs have a mandatory moratorium on being sold by their owners, of up to six months, to allow community groups time to build up a bid to buy the properties. However, there is no right of any community group to automatically buy them, or have ‘first refusal’.

To qualify a building must “further the social wellbeing or the social interests of the community”; or have done in the past and have the potential to in the future.

In its application CAMRA said the pub met the criteria not only through being a pub with pool, dart and crib teams, but by holding regular fundraisers and being part of wider events such as the Ale Trail, Sea Shanty Festival and Sea Festival.

Tendring CAMRA also indicated it would look to bid to buy the pub if it came onto the market through a community interest group.

TDC’s Cabinet agreed to add The Globe Inn to the register of Assets of Community Value at its meeting on Friday (October 12).


For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.

Navyard Regeneration

Plans were unveiled last month for a complete regeneration of Harwich's Navyard - the industrial shipping area of Harwich's sea front has been used for 50 years by Mann Lines Limited, who could locate if the proposals are approved.

This opportunity could see 300+ new homes, food outlets and a market square, as well as a new promenade and many opportunities for employment.

Bill Binks CEO of Mann Lines said: "Navyard has served us well for over 50 years but with the nature of the shipping business ever changing its time to re- locate locally to enable us to build a stronger business in the future. The regeneration of the Navyard site is both an exciting and important opportunity for Harwich. With our close association to the town over many decades the views of the community are important to us in helping to shape the future plans for Navyard."

For further details please contact: Bill Binks CEO Mann Lines Limited The Naval House, Kings Quay Street, Harwich, CO12 3JJ +44 (0) 1255 245204

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Don’t miss the boat!

Businesses and attractions around Harwich and Dovercourt are being encouraged to be a part of a new guide for the area.

Harwich and Dovercourt Bay tourism group is producing a visitors’ guide for 2019 – and the copy deadline is looming!

The Guide aims to include all the key tourism attractions and businesses in Harwich and Dovercourt Bay, and highlight what's available to visitors looking for food and drink, accommodation, heritage, family and other activities and how to get the best out of the area, whether on a day trip or a longer holiday.

Features on tourism attractions and businesses will be supplemented by articles on the maritime history, getting around, and the estuarine environment. Copies will be free to visitors, and also available online via the Historic Harwich website www.historicharwich.co.uk.

Paul Milsom, chairman of the Harwich and Dovercourt Bay tourism group, said it was important that as many people as possible got involved.

“We know what a hidden gem Harwich and Dovercourt Bay is and just how much it has to offer, but if we want to continue to build thriving and successful towns then we need to be better at sharing how great it is with the wider world,” he said.

“This guide will encourage visitors to the area to not just visit one or two things, but open their minds to explore so much more – whether it is our great shops, dining at our restaurants and cafes, or taking time to enjoy the seafront, not to mention our rich history.”

Those who would like to be featured in the brand new, upmarket, magazine-style guide to Harwich and Dovercourt Bay should contact Cathy Shelbourne, the Editor, now to discuss the packages available at [email protected] or on 07764 212451.

Wind farm gets go-ahead

A proposal for the construction of an Operations and Maintenance Centre in Tendring has been given the green-light, which will bring 60 new jobs to the area.

The Maintenance Centre will provide servicing for the recently completed offshore wind farm, which is expected to power almost 390,000 homes.

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Travelodge plans to build new hotel in Harwich

Travelodge plans to open a hotel in Harwich to take advantage of its cruise industry and tourism approaching the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Councillor Ivan Henderson has said he welcomes the announcement. The opening could lead to 30 new jobs for Harwich residents...[Read the full article here]

- Harwich and Manningtree Standard

Mayflower 400 Conference underway

Businesses across Harwich and Dovercourt are being reminded of a conference taking place on Monday providing an update on the Mayflower 400 project.

The year 2020 marks 400 years since The Mayflower sailed from England to America, sparking what became the United States of America. The Mayflower 400 compact includes 14 destinations with a link to the voyage working together in a bid to attract American tourists during the anniversary year.

Harwich played an intrinsic role in this iconic story, with the ship and its captain Christopher Jones hailing from the town.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for local firms to get involved with the Mayflower 400 project.

The conference has been sponsored by some local firms, including The Pier and Ellisons solicitors.

More than 120 organisations have already indicated they are coming.

Mick Skeels, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council, said: “It is not too late for people and businesses to join us to hear about exciting developments and how Harwich and Dovercourt can benefit from this once in a generation opportunity.”

The conference takes place on Monday, March 12, at the Harwich International Port Cruise Terminal, from 4.30-7.30pm.