No action on danger pool until October

Councillor Tom Skipp by the pool on Canvey

Councillor Tom Skipp by the pool on Canvey

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WORK to repair a rundown pool on Canvey will not begin until October.

Castle Point Council plans to pull up the concrete base of the island’s new tidal pool and replace it with sand because of complaints the new surface makes it dangerous for bathers.

The concrete has become covered in algae and seaweed, leaving it slippery.

Neville Watson, ward councillor for Canvey Winter Gardens, said the work was “long overdue”.

He said: “Canvey Independent Party calls upon the council to complete the long overdue works to make the new tidal pool safe.

“The previous concreting of the pool bed has already been identified as unsafe and the council’s cabinet has already agreed the funds needed to rectify it.

“Why has nothing been done 18 months on?”

The tidal pool, one of two on Concord Beach, off Eastern Esplanade, 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 seaweed which caused several people to slip over and hurt themselves.

Now, the council says it will begin the £28,000 work to put the pool back to its formers condition later this year.

Tom Skipp, councillor for the environment, agreed there had been an “unacceptable delay” in making repairs.

The work is expected to take about two weeks and will involve infilling the pool with what the council described as “graded natural material”.

Colin Letchford, chairman of Concord Beach, said: “I am pleased the council is taking some action on the concrete base of the pool. However, the real problem is the nature of the back wall.

“Most accidents are the result of slips on the wall. Only today I witnessed another child slip and fall. I hope the council will take further action to remedy this.”

Janice Payne, Canvey Island South councillor, said: “This should have been done years ago. But what is the next step to prevent accidents? Railings?

Where will this stop? It is such a lovely pool for families and children to enjoy. We need people to come down and use it.”

The pool will remain open for the summer before the work begins. Warning signs about the surface are already up.

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5:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Fab man says...

Did no-one at the council realise that seaweed and algae would grow on a concrete base making it slippery. Clearly never walked on a beach before! Yet another example of council taxpayer-funded wastage.
Did no-one at the council realise that seaweed and algae would grow on a concrete base making it slippery. Clearly never walked on a beach before! Yet another example of council taxpayer-funded wastage. Fab man
  • Score: 6

6:09pm Mon 28 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

And so the Ambulances will continue, to take away feet slashed visitors.
And so the Ambulances will continue, to take away feet slashed visitors. sesibollox
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

emcee says...

By the mere fact the council have agreed to "repair" the pool they (the council) are admitting that the previous work has made the pool dangerous and, therefore, the pool is unsafe. Yet, the council drags its heels over getting the work done and, in the meantime, allows the pool to remain accessible to the public. I can see the possibility of this situation escalating with injury based litigations starting to rear their ugly head.
By the mere fact the council have agreed to "repair" the pool they (the council) are admitting that the previous work has made the pool dangerous and, therefore, the pool is unsafe. Yet, the council drags its heels over getting the work done and, in the meantime, allows the pool to remain accessible to the public. I can see the possibility of this situation escalating with injury based litigations starting to rear their ugly head. emcee
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Ian P says...

Why can no one use an industrial jet washer on it every couple of weeks? Would solve the problem in the short-term until the planned changes can be implemented.
Why can no one use an industrial jet washer on it every couple of weeks? Would solve the problem in the short-term until the planned changes can be implemented. Ian P
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Gary_Williamson says...

dont tell me.... a government scientist said concrete would be the best option....
dont tell me.... a government scientist said concrete would be the best option.... Gary_Williamson
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