Sort out dangerous beach paddling pool

Sort out dangerous beach paddling pool

Sort out dangerous beach paddling pool

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WORRIED councillors are campaigning to get a rundown pool on Canvey refurbished.

Members of the Canvey Island Independent Party claim the paddling pool, on Concord Beach, is becoming dangerous and desperately needs fixing.

The base of the pool, which is looked after by Castle Point Borough Council, is made out of concrete and is becoming filled with algae and seaweed.

Councillor Janice Payne is pushing for the bottom of the pool to be cleaned.

She said: “If you are going to make the base of a pool from concrete then you will get algae.”

Mrs Payne said work should have started on the pool before the summer holidays kick in next week.

She added: “Many families around the island cannot afford to go away during the summer so they look forward to spending a nice day on the beach.

“But it isn’t ideal for families when the paddling pool is in such poor shape. Something desperately needs to be done about the pool; it really needs to be fixed.”

The pool, which sits on the side of the Concord Beach Cafe, was refurbished by the borough council three years ago. Joan Liddiard, town councillor for Canvey South, said the algae is making the bottom of the pool slippery.

She added: “You can’t control children all the time and monitor their every move and they could easily slip in there.

“There could be a serious accident in there, and I know people have been hurt before and it needs looking at before something happens.”

The tidal pool, one of two on Concord Beach, off Eastern Esplanade, Canvey, underwent costly renovations in 2007.

Work involved replacing its original sandy base with concrete and cementing rocks around the perimeter wall.

However, visitors to the beach complained the changes made the pool more dangerous, after the base and walls became covered in slippery seaweed which caused several people to slip over and hurt themselves.

In 2012, the council planned to spend £28,000 removing the concrete base, but the work has not yet been carried out.

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8:19am Wed 16 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Who in their right mind concretes a tidal pool then gets surprised when it soon becomes unfit for purpose.
Who in their right mind concretes a tidal pool then gets surprised when it soon becomes unfit for purpose. sesibollox
  • Score: 10

1:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

alsopuzzled says...

How about keeping the dogs out first, I saw at least six owners and dogs in the pool this morning, all ignoring the "No Dogs" sign and plenty other parts of the beach to use
How about keeping the dogs out first, I saw at least six owners and dogs in the pool this morning, all ignoring the "No Dogs" sign and plenty other parts of the beach to use alsopuzzled
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Wed 16 Jul 14

upset says...

Seaweed in the sea!!!! whatever next?
How about a slippery when wet sign as well!!!
Seaweed in the sea!!!! whatever next? How about a slippery when wet sign as well!!! upset
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

sesibollox wrote:
Who in their right mind concretes a tidal pool then gets surprised when it soon becomes unfit for purpose.
Borough Council will when they get the bill. It's probably the only time I have ever heard of Borough Council not paying a consultant to get the job done correctly in the first place, may well have saved them a few grand in the long run, instead of trying to cut corners and get it done on the cheap. More money wasted needlessly by our illustrious leadership.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Who in their right mind concretes a tidal pool then gets surprised when it soon becomes unfit for purpose.[/p][/quote]Borough Council will when they get the bill. It's probably the only time I have ever heard of Borough Council not paying a consultant to get the job done correctly in the first place, may well have saved them a few grand in the long run, instead of trying to cut corners and get it done on the cheap. More money wasted needlessly by our illustrious leadership. iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Wed 16 Jul 14

I Hate The Cops says...

Who even cares.
Who even cares. I Hate The Cops
  • Score: -2

7:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

alsopuzzled wrote:
How about keeping the dogs out first, I saw at least six owners and dogs in the pool this morning, all ignoring the "No Dogs" sign and plenty other parts of the beach to use
Selfish dog owners not giving a monkeys about anyone else?

Surely some mistake.
[quote][p][bold]alsopuzzled[/bold] wrote: How about keeping the dogs out first, I saw at least six owners and dogs in the pool this morning, all ignoring the "No Dogs" sign and plenty other parts of the beach to use[/p][/quote]Selfish dog owners not giving a monkeys about anyone else? Surely some mistake. The King of Southend
  • Score: 2

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