News in Maldon

Maldon District Council leader, Councillor Wendy Stamp

The leader of Maldon District Council has spoken of her understanding on why the district will move to Tier Two 'High' level restrictions – and of her hope that the area will soon be able to move into Tier One.

Councillor Wendy Stamp's statement comes days before the national lockdown ends at midnight on Wednesday, 2 December to move to the Tier Two restrictions locally.

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THERE are indications that the level of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maldon district is dropping.

The current level of confirmed positive cases in the seven days up to Thursday, 26 November, stands at 54.4 per 100,00, according to data on the Essex County Council website. However, it should be noted that this figure could still rise as not all test results up to that date may be back in and recorded as yet.

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Our new campaign: Make it a Maldon Christmas

This week's reflection on the news in Maldon is much more like a look towards the future...of our beautiful town centre and its multitude of shops and businesses.

I have lived here for just over four years now and I am sure that I am not alone in having initially found my attraction to the town through its very unique High Street and ALL the businesses there, providing a great mix of amazing independents and a few other town centre larger chain staples. The point is, it makes for a fantastic mix and the more you shop there, the more you get to appreciate and love the local feel of it, the friendliness - the community.

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GRANTS for businesses in the Maldon district area that were forced to close in lockdown are now available through the council website – and there is some discretionary help that some other businesses can apply for, too.

The support is for those businesses which were legally required to close and are listed for business rates, but there are also two discretionary grants:

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It is "almost certain" care homes will have to close due to Covid-19, a new report from Essex County Council has said.

It leaves the uncomfortable reality that some elderly residents will have to face the upset and trauma of being moved away from familiar surroundings if providers close in the face of unprecedented financial pressure.

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Maldon's town centre businesses are hoping for Christmas success

A leading Maldon businesswoman has spoken out about how Black Friday is giving some of the large chain stores yet another chance to sweep trade away from local independent shops.

The chair of Maldon Business Board, Allison Gray, said: "When it comes to Black Friday, the small independents cannot compete with big chain stores, many of whom have been allowed to remain open.

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