Tourism worth £1.8million and 50,000 visitors a year is predicted for the Dengie.

Group manager of Leisure, Countryside and Tourism for Maldon District Council, Ben Brown, addressed councillors about the Dengie Gateway Project at Burnham Town Council on Wednesday.

The project, with money from the Coastal Community Fund, is designed to mitigate the loss of jobs caused by the closure of Bradwell Power Station.

Mr Brown said the decommissioning process was speeding up, saying: “The impact will be greater and nearer than we anticipated."

Full report in this week's Maldon and Burnham Standard