Tendring District Council

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'Tendring Peninsula' in Essex
Headquarters23 Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QB
LeaderIan Davidson

Tendring District Council (TDC) covers an area extending from the River Stour in the North, to the coast and the River Colne in the South, with the coast to the East and the town of Colchester to the West. Its council is based in the largest town Clacton-on-Sea, with a population of 53,000. Towns in the district include Brightlingsea, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze. Large villages in the district include St Osyth and Great Bentley.

Formation

Sometimes referred to as the "Tendring Peninsula", the district was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the borough of Harwich, with Brightlingsea, Clacton and Frinton and Walton Urban districts and Tendring Rural District. The name Tendring comes from the ancient Tendring Hundred which is named after the small Tendring village at the centre of the area. The Tendring Poor Law Union covered the same area as the present district.

History

During the English civil war, the witch-finder general, Matthew Hopkins, carried out many trials throughout this and the surrounding area especially in the town of Manningtree and village of Mistley on the River Stour.

Politics

Tendring District Council is currently in a state of 'No Overall Control' (NOC) after the local elections in 2015. The Conservatives are the largest party with 23 out of the 60 available seats. The UK Independence Party with 22 seats, the Labour Party with 4 seats, the Holland-on-Sea Residents Association with 3 seats, the Liberal Democrats with 1 seat, Tendring First with 1 seat, and 6 Independents were also elected.[1]

Prior to the 2015 elections, the council was controlled by the Conservatives who gained control of the authority in the 2011 local elections, holding 33 out of the 60 available seats. Tendring returns eight County Councillors to Essex County Council and at the 2013 local elections 4 seats were held by Conservatives, 2 won by UKIP, 1 won by Labour and 1 won by Tendring First.

In 2014, the TDC was described as "moronic" and "cretinous" after it destroyed a mural by Banksy on a toilet block in Clacton. A member of the public had complained that the mural was 'racist'.[2]

Tendring's Golf Green ward contains Jaywick, the most deprived area in England and Wales, and is currently held by two UKIP Councillors.[3]


References

  1. "Tendring District Council Elections". Tendring District Council. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. "Banksy Clacton-on-Sea mural council 'moronic' and 'cretinous'". BBC News. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. "English indices of deprivation 2010"