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Garden centre and winter wonderland ordered to close

St John's Plant Centre in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

A garden centre in Essex and its Winter Wonderland attraction have been ordered to stop trading because of the traffic chaos they cause.

St John's Plant Centre in Clacton won a High Court battle to stay open last year.

St John's Plant Centre in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

But Tendring District Council says it still doesn't have the right planning permission - and the roads and access routes can't cope with the traffic.

They say it only has permission to operate as a wholesale outlet and the nursery now has six weeks to wrap up unauthorised trade.

“We understand that the Winter Wonderland attraction is popular and we do not want to spoil people’s fun, but it is not fair on other businesses which work hard to comply with 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."

– Cllr Fred Nicholls, TDC Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement