Winter Wonderland and garden centre forced to close

Traffic chaos caused by a Winter Wonderland in an essex Garden Centre means the garden centre has to stop trading.
 
St John’s Plant Centre in Clacton won a High Court battle to stay open last year.
 
But Tendring District Council says it still doesn’t have the right planning permission. They also say the roads and access routes can’t cope with the traffic.
 
They say it only has permission to operate as a wholesale outlet.
 
The nursery now has six weeks to wrap up unauthorised trade.

Winter Wonderland is popular

Fred Nicholls, cabinet member for corporate enforcement at Tendring District Council has his say.
 
We understand that the Winter Wonderland attraction is popular.
 
“We do not want to spoil people’s fun, but it is not fair on other businesses which work hard to follow planning law.”
“The access road is not suitable for such large numbers of vehicles, nor is the junction with St John’s Road able to cope. Last year we saw long queues, which also cause a blight for nearby residents.”

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