MILTON SOCIETY is a local community group formed from Milton Conservation Society (MCS) and Hamlet Court Conservation Forum (HCCF). The Society works to both conserve the local, historic urban landscape and promote economic success, particularly in Hamlet Court Road. This much loved but challenged road has some remarkable architecture and history but is in need of comprehensive care. The local community can step forwards to help this to happen.
The historic Milton area, from Park Road to Valkyrie Road has many fine residential roads with beautiful and characteristic properties. The area deserves to be protected and supported.
Milton Conservation Area dates from 1987 when local residents came together to lobby against a large development proposal and protect the area thereafter. Since that time Milton Conservation Society has been the most active conservation group locally, helping to inform local conservation thinking and project areas.
MCS originated the formation of HCCF with local residents from 2015 and in September 2021, after 5 years hard work by HCCF, the top, commercial part of Hamlet Court Road (from London Road to St Helen's Road) was designated a CONSERVATION AREA by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. This was historic in our town as the equivalent Edwardian part of Leigh Broadway (the only other designated commercial road in Southend) became a conservation area no less than 40 years ago. Now there is a legal framework for protection but also for potential grant funding. Restoration will not come easy and may take many years but where there was no collective way forwards before, the community and the Council now has a chance to improve this important part of our town.