Independent shops help fuel town's High Street

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Bustling Maldon town centre Bustling Maldon town centre

Business is booming in Maldon after the town recorded a sharp fall in the number of empty shops in one year.

Bob Boyce, leader of Maldon District Council, said in his budget statement that there are 21 per cent less empty stores - the equivalent to one shop in every five - compared to April last year.

It means the total rateable value on which business rates are collected to increase by more than £800,000.

The Local Data Company, which monitors the retail sector, saod 8.8 per cent of Maldon’s shops are empty, far less than the national average of 13.6 per cent or East of England figure of 11.1 per cent.

Traders in Maldon said the busy High Street was due to the prevalence of small independent boutiques and the lack of dominance from the national chains.

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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5:27pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

It would be an even nicer place to shop if the council banned those nasty advertising boards placed on footpaths which are a plague on the town. Edwards Walk you can barely get through as you have to navigate the huge amount and some of the other shops in the centre of the town are even worse (one jeweller in particular obviously thinks we like walking in the gutter as that shops boards are placed so far out!)

Don't shopkeepers realise these boards push people away from their shops and windows?

Come on Town Council - ban them!
It would be an even nicer place to shop if the council banned those nasty advertising boards placed on footpaths which are a plague on the town. Edwards Walk you can barely get through as you have to navigate the huge amount and some of the other shops in the centre of the town are even worse (one jeweller in particular obviously thinks we like walking in the gutter as that shops boards are placed so far out!) Don't shopkeepers realise these boards push people away from their shops and windows? Come on Town Council - ban them! Jack222
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