Saltmarsh Coast in a bid for tourism fund

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The Saltmarsh Coast, an area of land along the estuary outside of Chemsfold in Essex, could be the subject of a £420,000 tourism scheme, if Maldon District Council’s bid is successful.

The local authority unveiled its plan last week to secure money from the Coastal Communities Fund, which it would use to promote tourism along the 75 miles of coastline.

If the bid progresses to the second stage, the project would create nine jobs for ambassadors over the next three years as well as a project manager.

“Maldon District Council is proud to be proposing such exciting initiatives and is hopeful the DCLG will consider funding Project Samphire,” said Richard Holmes, director of customers and community.

Interactive signs would be installed at South Woodham, North Fambridge, Althorne, Creeksea, Bradwell Waterside, St Lawrence, Maylandsea, Goldhanger and Salcott. The scheme would also enable the council to track the number of visitors in the area and work alongside local businesses in developing plans to enhance footfall and help the area to thrive.

“The CCF is a two stage application process and the Council expects the stage one application decision in the next few weeks, said Holmes.

“We will also complete a network of ten information hubs at key locations along the 75 miles of the treasured Saltmarsh Coastline.”

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