“CONSTRUCTIVE” talks have been held about the future of an iconic yacht club, Maldon Council has revealed.

Maldon Yacht Club’s future was thrown into doubt last year when the council sent the 70-year-old club an eviction notice, which is set to come into effect at the end of March.

However since the notice was issued, the two groups have been in dialogue trying to come up with a solution.

Richard Holmes, the council’s director of service delivery, said the council wanted to clear up “inaccuracies” circulating about plans for the area.

“The council held an extremely constructive and positive meeting with representatives of Maldon Yacht Club to discuss some potential plans which will see its club house retained as well as a proposal of investment into the area by the council,” he said.

“The proposed plans were broadly welcomed by the club, as this will allow the future Maldon Yacht Club to thrive and prosper in its current setting as well as allowing greater access to all residents and visitors to this area of Promenade Park and the riverway.”

Mr Holmes added the council had always been clear about its position.

“The club had been given legal notice under the terms of their lease, with an offer of an extension while plans for the area where considered,” he said.

“We are pleased however, the proposals have been received so positively and there is a willingness to work with us to refine the plans prior to consideration by members and a new lease being issued.”

A club spokesman said members left the meeting feeling “very confident” about the future.

He added: “All the meetings we have had, we have been told the council wants to work with us.

"The lease finishing on March 31 has been offered until October 1, with meetings until it’s all agreed.

"There are lots of things to sort out on both sides, but we are feeling confident our club will remain there.”