Maldon: Buzzing market and park and ride proposal for town

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Mark Heard is campaigning for a market and a park and ride for Maldon. Mark Heard is campaigning for a market and a park and ride for Maldon.

A buzzing European Sunday market and a park and ride are two proposals put forward for Maldon.


Town councillor Mark Heard is pushing for Maldon District Council to help bring both his ideas to fruition.
 

Mr Heard believes there is a big enough population in the town to support a Sunday market in the White Horse Lane car park, to the rear of King Edwards Walk.
 

He is also keen for improved transport links between the town and rail network, and sees a park and ride linking Maldon with North Fambridge and Witham as a way of achieving this.

 

See the MBS for more.

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9:16am Wed 13 Feb 13

Regbluebottle says...

Both good suggestions Councillor Heard, hope that they reach fruition.
Both good suggestions Councillor Heard, hope that they reach fruition. Regbluebottle

4:46am Thu 14 Feb 13

paultheuver1 says...

A couple of good ideas and I can't see any valid reason for the Market not becoming a reality, given that we already have a vast tarmaced area (White Horse car park) that is underutilized every Sunday. I'm sure we're all behind the councillor on this one, especially if it helps keep our Council Tax bills down.

I do however see a fly in the ointment of Councillor Heard's other proposal, and not solely with the considerable cost of financing of such an undertaking in these very austere times.
As I'm unaware of any suitable brownfield site within Maldon, I'm guessing a sizeable chunk of the surrounding greenbelt would have to be purchased, prepared and tarmaced, to facilitate the 'Park' element of the 'Park and Ride'.
As for the buses, thankfully we already have an established regular bus service (Stephensons #90) between Maldon and Witham Rail Station. That just means that an appropriate service between Maldon and North Fambridge Rail Station would have to be set up.

Now I don't profess to be anything other than a layperson, but I do believe that even I may have a couple of reasonable solutions for those wanting to travel by train, that definitely will not cost the cash strapped Council Tax Payers of Maldon, potentially many hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of Pounds...

Option One:
Commuters leave their car at home, walk to a bus stop and board a bus to their chosen Rail Station, be that either Witham, North Fambridge(bus permitting) or Chelmsford.

Option Two:
Commuters who feel compelled or need to use the car, drive the short distance to the already established 'Park and Ride' service beside the A12 at Sandon.
A couple of good ideas and I can't see any valid reason for the Market not becoming a reality, given that we already have a vast tarmaced area (White Horse car park) that is underutilized every Sunday. I'm sure we're all behind the councillor on this one, especially if it helps keep our Council Tax bills down. I do however see a fly in the ointment of Councillor Heard's other proposal, and not solely with the considerable cost of financing of such an undertaking in these very austere times. As I'm unaware of any suitable brownfield site within Maldon, I'm guessing a sizeable chunk of the surrounding greenbelt would have to be purchased, prepared and tarmaced, to facilitate the 'Park' element of the 'Park and Ride'. As for the buses, thankfully we already have an established regular bus service (Stephensons #90) between Maldon and Witham Rail Station. That just means that an appropriate service between Maldon and North Fambridge Rail Station would have to be set up. Now I don't profess to be anything other than a layperson, but I do believe that even I may have a couple of reasonable solutions for those wanting to travel by train, that definitely will not cost the cash strapped Council Tax Payers of Maldon, potentially many hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of Pounds... Option One: Commuters leave their car at home, walk to a bus stop and board a bus to their chosen Rail Station, be that either Witham, North Fambridge(bus permitting) or Chelmsford. Option Two: Commuters who feel compelled or need to use the car, drive the short distance to the already established 'Park and Ride' service beside the A12 at Sandon. paultheuver1

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