TOWN councillors have given the green light for a new face-to-face information service for visitors in the area.

Maldon Town Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss plans for a new project called the Maldon Visitor Information Centre

The new face-to-face reception, staffed exclusively by volunteers, will be set up in the foyer of the Town Hall by September.

A council spokesman said: “Town councillors believe that ensuring visitors and residents are able to find out about the fantastic places there are to visit in Maldon is key to supporting the economy of the town centre.

“Since learning that Maldon District Council will be closing the Tourist Information Centre in Wenlock Way in September, Maldon town councillors have been working on other ways the town council can provide this service and support the town effectively.”

Initially on weekdays between 10.30am to 3.30pm, residents and visitors will be able to find out about events and venues, as well as picking up rolls of recycling sacks and food waste bags.

In addition, a new ticket purchasing facility for events and performances will be provided in the town council offices on the first floor during office hours.

Town mayor Flo Shaughnessy said: “I am very pleased the town council has been able to find a way to support local residents and businesses, as well as encouraging visitors to enjoy our lovely town.

"I am sure that it will prove to be a valuable and friendly resource for Maldon.”

To volunteer for this new opportunity, residents are asked to contact their ward councillor or call town clerk Jane Coleman on 01621 857373.