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  • St Johns Plant Centre closes to the public

    St Johns Plant Centre, which defied the council by running a Christmas wonderland event without permission, has closed. The company running it went into liquidation.
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    St Johns is currently closed to the public. Records show liquidator Mark Reynolds, at Valentine and Co has been appointed.
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    The centre had courted controversy due to it’s Christmas wonderland attraction.
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    Tendring Council served an enforcement notice in September 2018. It ordered the business to stop its retail sales and demanding it stop hosting its festive event.
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    in 2017, the council made a failed application to the High Court for an injunction to shut the event down. They wanted to shut it down due to the “traffic chaos” it caused.
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    Bosses continued with the event regardless. Last year thousands of visitors flocked to the wonderland from across Essex.
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    HM Revenue and Customs presented the company with a wind up petition on November 19.
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    The closure of the garden centre comes after the announcement of plans to build homes on the site.
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    The landowners submitted an application to the council. It includes no provision for a garden centre.
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    Tendring Council will have the final say on the plans.

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