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Improvements in store for popular Canvey beach
2:20pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
BEACH lovers are set to benefit as a volunteer group is splashing the cash to improve facilities along Canvey seafront.
The Friends of Concord Beach group has submitted proposals to Castle Point Council to install a £12,000 shower at Concord beach, off Eastern Esplanade, in a bid to make the area more family friendly for youngsters.
Ambitious plans are also in the pipeline to paint a series of colourful murals on the sea wall between the beach and the Labworth Cafe, to tell the story of island’s history, the tragedy of the 1953 flood and the construction of the new sea defences.
It is hoped that local schools and members of the community will be involved in creating the artwork.
Colin Letchford, chairman of the Friends of Concord Beach group, said: “We have had a lot of requests from people asking if we can install a shower for the kiddies to wash their feet and to extend our work further along the seafront. It is great that people really appreciate our work.
“Unfortunately these things do take a long to come together, but hopefully we will be able to get planning permission and get things underway. We would like to carry out the murals with local schoolchildren as a kind of educational project, but anyone who can handle a brush is welcome to help.”
Permission for the artwork and the new shower has already been granted in principle by the Environment Agency who is responsible for maintaining the sea walls.
The group is also planning to install 14 new handmade benches on the site as well as improving disabled access to the seafront for elderly and less able residents.
Mr Letchford added: “That is the next phase of our plans, and we are talking with a local business who might be able to help us complete the relevant designs for the project.”
The dedicated volunteers have already worked their magic to dramatically improve the beach in the last few years, painting murals, installing 34 handmade and specially engraved benches, as well as conducting frequent litter picks to ensure the area stays clean.
Donations to the project can be made to the Friends of Concord Beach group by contacting Mr Letchford on 01268 511076.