About Us

Milton and Shorefields conservation areas were created to protect examples of architecture of Southend as it started to boom from the Mid Victorian through to Edwardian eras.

Milton Conservation Society was formed in 1987 by residents, who had opposed plans to demolish 5 Victorian houses to build 79 flats the previous year. They  saw the need to protect the local heritage and with help from the Civic Trust lobbied the Council to create Milton Conservation Area.

Today, we have a long record of work to support the conservation area commenting on planning matters and encouraging good design. In 2014 the area had its latest Conservation Area Appraisal which gives a valuable snapshot of the area’s status and can be downloaded here.

We have good links with our councillors who actively support our aims.

Milton Conservation Society aims to

  • conserve our past and improve the future of our area. We are consulted on all planning applications in Milton and Shorefields as well as larger initiatives in the Town.
  • promote standards of planning and design by recognising improvements with conservation awards.
  • raise awareness of the areas history and heritage
  • keep you informed about issues affecting Milton and Shorefields via our website and newsletter which we distribute several times a year to all residents.

Conservation Area status helps protect our heritage (and property values are often higher than those outside because of the additional care, thought and resources given to the area) but the council can only do so much, conservation needs the support of residents.

You can help by becoming a member.