PLANS to reopen a car showroom as a “state of the art” garage have been welcomed as a boost for jobs in Clacton.

Formula One Autocentres wants to take over the former Ford Lookers showroom in Valleybridge Road, which closed in 2011.

The company has more than 70 centres across the country and has already opened four new sites this year.

Clacton East councillor Pierre Oxley said: “I think it’s good news if Formula One move into that site because it has been boarded up for a few years.

“My only concern is traffic flow in that area because it can get busy.

“But if it means the site is brought back into use and we get more jobs locally then I welcome it.”

The Ford dealership was previously run as Westwood and Clark for more than 70 years and renamed Dovercourt Ford in 1998, before becoming Ford Lookers.

Planning agents for Formula One Autocentres have applied for a variation in the site’s conditions allowing for it to be open longer.