Rain

Rain

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Walton-on-the-Naze: Swell of support for £1million visitor centre plans

14:00 26 January 2013

Proposals unveiled for a new £1million visitor centre showcasing Walton-on-the-Naze have been backed by the public and businesses.

Proposals unveiled for a new £1million visitor centre showcasing Walton-on-the-Naze have been backed by the public and businesses.

Archant

PLANS unveiled for a £1million visitor centre showcasing Walton-on-the-Naze have been welcomed “whole-heartedly” by the public and businesses.

The centre would be built at the top of the cliffs near Naze Tower in a bid to boost facilities and get more visitors to the area.

Essex Wildlife Trust is currently trying to seal funding for the project and has lodged a bid with the Big Lottery Fund.

Claire Cadman, project manager for Essex Wildlife Trust, has spent the last two days appealing for support in Walton.

She said: “It has been a very successful couple of days. I have had a good response from a lot of people and companies. It has been very positive.

“I have been up and down the High Street and everyone is very welcoming to the scheme. A lot of people are whole-heartedly in support.”

The centre is the second stage in the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Naze Heritage Project, following the completion of the £1.2million Crag Walk sea defence in April 2011.

The Crag Walk allows people to stroll along the new rock structure at the base of the cliffs and to learn about the history, the fossils and the wildlife.

Designs for the visitor centre include an observation room with views across the coastal landscape.

There will also be an education room and an interpretation zone for people to learn about the geological, biological and cultural significance of the area.

In addition, sustainable design features – including a green roof, rainwater harvesting and a ground source heat pump.

John Hall, CEO of Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “We have worked with all the partners on the designs.

“There has also been additional guidance from other organisations, such as English Heritage.

“We are determined to get a design that keeps the Naze Tower as the focal point in the landscape and that any new building is not prominent in the landscape and that it complements the tower.

“We value the informal nature of the Naze; we want to interpret this well for the benefit of local people and visitors alike.”

David Gager, chairman of the Naze Protection Society said: “The Naze Heritage Project is looking forward to hearing people’s views and seeing how the proposals can be improved further.”

The Naze Heritage Project are working towards a planning application, which is expected to be submitted later this year.

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity.

It has more than 32,000 members, manages and protects over 7,250 acres of land on 87 nature reserves.

It is one of the largest of the 47 county wildlife trusts across the country.

1 comment

  • I presume most of the £1 million will be spent on ensuring the whole lot, tower and all, doesn't slide into the sea and join the pill boxes on the beach?

    Report this comment

    JOHN BURLS

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

A man police would like to speak to following three alleged fraud incidents in Ipswich

Suffolk police officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to following three incidents of alleged fraud in Ipswich.

Wherstead Road

Drivers experienced long delays in and out of Ipswich this evening while safety checks were made to the railway bridge in Wherstead Road.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

Passenger satisfaction levels in the region’s rail operator have dropped in key areas including value for money and punctuality, a new poll has revealed.

Mark Bee and George Nobbs at Beccles bridge in 2013 - both former leaders voted against the devolution deal.

Suffolk’s councils have done their bit on approving the government’s devolution proposals – but the decision on whether to proceed remains up in the air.

The St Elizabeth Hospice Bubble Rush.will take place on August 28 at Christchurch Park.

Today is the last chance to get early bird discount for Suffolk’s first ever Bubble Rush.

The Orwell Bridge

The Orwell Bridge was closed for a short time this morning because of a police incident.

Damage to Matthew Bonner's car

An Ipswich man whose car was broken into earlier this year has criticised police after officers closed an investigation into the crime.

Stock image

Police have identified the possible location of a rape in Hadleigh last week.

Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference at St Ermin's Hotel in London, where he formally announced that he will not enter the race to succeed David Cameron in Downing Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 30, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives Johnson. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It was a day that started with promise for the former London mayor and Conservative leadership frontrunner.

Zoella is a firm favourite with teens.

You could be forgiven for thinking that PewDiePie, Zoella, CutiePieMarzia and ThatcherJoe are characters from a new Cbeebies programme, but they are not. These are the rock stars and movie heroes of the current teenage generation.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24