Essex

Harwich quayside's £1.2m upgrade completed

A £1.2m regeneration of the quayside area of a north Essex coastal town has been completed.

The work in Harwich included widening of footpaths, road resurfacing, new benches and other street furniture.

It was funded by Essex County Council, Haven Gateway Partnership and Tendring District Council.

It is hoped it will attract more visitors to the town and also mark the start of more regeneration projects in Harwich.

The Conservative leader of Tendring District Council, Neil Stock, said the work was "much needed".

He said: "It's been a long time coming for Harwich. There have been plans to do this for years and years.

"This was a great maritime town but it has had a sad and steady decline ever since the train ferry closed several years ago.

"This is about saying Harwich is open for business, do come and visit, bring your businesses here and do invest because it's a worthwhile place."

Local businessman Tony Woods, who owns property along the quayside, said he hoped it would lead to more regeneration.

He said: "I believe the town's got some amazing prospects. I'm hoping with the arrival of renewable energy we're going to see some big breakthroughs fairly shortly.

"It's not very often a small town like this gets the opportunity to see a bit of development and it may be the catalyst for change that we need to see."

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