Ideas will be considered to boost the quiet end of Maldon High Street.

Maldon District Council has started work on its masterplan for Maldon and Heybridge, which includes promoting a ‘leisure quarter’ focusing on tourism, arts and culture and more business premises.

It is also looking at ways to revitalise the lower end of the High Street.

A spokesman said: “This part of the town centre has relatively low footfall compared to the rest of the High Street, which suggests that the area is isolated from key assets around it including the Hythe, the middle and upper High Street and other areas such as the leisure quarter.

“The lower end of the High Street however, is a critical part of the central area, as it connects and links to the Hythe, the leisure quarter and the middle and upper sections of the High Street.”

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