The two ends of Maldon High Street - how do we make the whole town centre bustle with business?

The lower end of Maldon High Street....

Compared to the upper end of Maldon High Street

First published in News

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.”

* Full story in this week's Standard.

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5:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

mrmike1871 says...

There are no cash points in the lower half of the town.
There are no cash points in the lower half of the town. mrmike1871
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5:52pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

We wont; 20% (or so) of shopping is now done on online and it's rapidly growing so we actually need fewer shops than we did in the past if we keep the same population. Now, if the NIMBYs shut up and let new houses be built then we would need more shops ...
We wont; 20% (or so) of shopping is now done on online and it's rapidly growing so we actually need fewer shops than we did in the past if we keep the same population. Now, if the NIMBYs shut up and let new houses be built then we would need more shops ... Jack222
  • Score: -1

9:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

There Abouts says...

Jack222 says...

Also, three good sized shopping areas that weren't there back in the day when the whole of the High St was thriving and plenty of other major shopping centres, with parking, half an hours drive away.
Jack222 says... Also, three good sized shopping areas that weren't there back in the day when the whole of the High St was thriving and plenty of other major shopping centres, with parking, half an hours drive away. There Abouts
  • Score: -2

11:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MrMackintosh says...

When I left Maldon 30 years local retailers were already starting to suffer. So how about making the lower high street a transport hub? A new bus station anyone? And what about a Multiplex? I hear cinema's very popular these days. Did someone mention the Embassy? I wish the town well with its Master-plan but the UK's littered with hundreds of 'Maldon High Streets' and too many councils are only now recognising the folly of past planning decisions. As someone who has worked in the UK and in Europe where arts and cultural regeneration has been a keen economic driver then I'm afraid Maldon needs something special to drive that leisure/tourism business and I just don't see it - at least for now.

You've come into town for the first time, paid to park your car in the outer reaches of the Prom and then walked along to the Hythe for a beer or lunch. It's going to take something very special for most people to walk all the way up to All Saints, parting with the rest of the cash as they go. Enough said?
When I left Maldon 30 years local retailers were already starting to suffer. So how about making the lower high street a transport hub? A new bus station anyone? And what about a Multiplex? I hear cinema's very popular these days. Did someone mention the Embassy? I wish the town well with its Master-plan but the UK's littered with hundreds of 'Maldon High Streets' and too many councils are only now recognising the folly of past planning decisions. As someone who has worked in the UK and in Europe where arts and cultural regeneration has been a keen economic driver then I'm afraid Maldon needs something special to drive that leisure/tourism business and I just don't see it - at least for now. You've come into town for the first time, paid to park your car in the outer reaches of the Prom and then walked along to the Hythe for a beer or lunch. It's going to take something very special for most people to walk all the way up to All Saints, parting with the rest of the cash as they go. Enough said? MrMackintosh
  • Score: 6

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