PLANS for restoration works to Harwich’s historic Treadwheel Crane have been recommended for approval by planners.

The Treadwheel Crane, on Harwich Green, is believed to be one of only two cranes of its type left in existence and dates back more than 350 years.

Tendring Council, which is responsible for the building, submitted plans for repair works for the Grade II listed structure.

A report said: "This application seeks Listed Building Consent for repair works, including underpinning, weatherboard and roof covering replacement, and timber and ironwork repairs.

"The application site is a Grade II Listed Building and has been subject of consultation with the specialist heritage advisors, Historic England and Essex County Council Heritage and neither have raised any objections to the proposed work."

The crane cost £392 to build in 1667 and served the town’s docks for 260 years before it was moved to its present position in 1932.

A report said the location means the crane has been exposed to harsh weather conditions over the years.

While the frame remains in a good condition, it has dropped and twisted due to subsidence after successive dry summers.

A decision on the application will be made by Tendring Council's planning committee on Tuesday, October 26.