A masterplan for Maldon: Cinema, shops and a park-and-ride in new leisure quarter

Maldon and Burnham Standard: A map of options discussed in the early stages of a masterplan to regenerate the centre of Maldon and Heybridge A map of options discussed in the early stages of a masterplan to regenerate the centre of Maldon and Heybridge

A leisure quarter including cinema, tourist attractions and a park-and-ride could be on the cards for Maldon.

Maldon District Council is in the early stages of coming up with a masterplan to regenerate the centre of Maldon and Heybridge.

It is especially focusing on improving business and retail space in The Causeway and creating a leisure quarter incorporating Madison Heights, Maldon Leisure Centre, the Battle of Maldon site and Promenade Park.

Options include:

- An “iconic visitor centre” with restaurant and conference rooms

- Maldon Salt visitor attraction based on the history of salt making since Roman times

- cinema

- shops

- park-and-ride shuttle bus to link the leisure quarter and town centre.

A report to councillors said: “Opportunities have been identified to improve the visitor experience and offer the area as a weekend destination rather than causal day tripping in summer months.”

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10:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

paultheuver1 says...

A report to councillors said: “Opportunities have been identified to improve the visitor experience and offer the area as a weekend destination rather than causal day tripping in summer months.”

Could this report be from the same visionary that thought closing the marine lake to swimmers, and spending hundreds of thousands on a splash park and water features was a good use of public money...

Casual day tripping used to see the Promenade bursting with visitors...Now opportunities have been identified to improve the visitor experience...What will the council tax payers of the Maldon district get out of this, perhaps another facility given over to private management, along with subsidies from the council to run it.
A report to councillors said: “Opportunities have been identified to improve the visitor experience and offer the area as a weekend destination rather than causal day tripping in summer months.” Could this report be from the same visionary that thought closing the marine lake to swimmers, and spending hundreds of thousands on a splash park and water features was a good use of public money... Casual day tripping used to see the Promenade bursting with visitors...Now opportunities have been identified to improve the visitor experience...What will the council tax payers of the Maldon district get out of this, perhaps another facility given over to private management, along with subsidies from the council to run it. paultheuver1

10:16am Fri 6 Dec 13

Caroline S says...

If they want to regenerate Maldon why don't they dredge the river regularly so people can sail there? Sailing up the Blackwater on a summers evening is a delight, but unless you have no draft at all you run out of water before you arrive. The historic waterfront is absolutely beautiful but it's a disgrace that it is all but inaccessible from the water.
If they want to regenerate Maldon why don't they dredge the river regularly so people can sail there? Sailing up the Blackwater on a summers evening is a delight, but unless you have no draft at all you run out of water before you arrive. The historic waterfront is absolutely beautiful but it's a disgrace that it is all but inaccessible from the water. Caroline S

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