£850,000 lagoon set to open for next summer season

Southend BID chairman Dawn Jeakings at Three Shells Beach

Southend BID chairman Dawn Jeakings at Three Shells Beach

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A new Southend seafront lagoon is set to open in time for next year’s summer season.

Work on the £850,000 lagoon is set to start next March and should be open in time for the busy summer season.

It is hoped the lagoon, located off Three Shells Beach, will boost businesses as more daytrippers and tourists are attracted to the seafront.

The lagoon will be the size of a football pitch and be decked out with palm trees.

Dawn Jeakings, chairman of Southend Business Improvement District, added: “This is brilliant for Southend and will prolong the summer period because the water goes out for so long.

“It’s good news for the whole of the seafront, all our traders along there will benefit from the added amount of people coming down there.”

Southend Council and the Stockvale Group are working towards creating the lagoon, which will be built using a 120m-long steel, rock, and boulder wall.

Southend Council successfully bid for £1.2million in Government cash, to help pay for it.

Lib Dem Graham Longley, deputy leader of the council and councillor responsible for culture, said: “This will be a huge boost to the seafront and amassive opportunity for people to come and enjoy themselves even more on Southend seafront.

“The Stockvale group wants to start work as soon as possible.

“It will be a significant change in developing and improving the seafront.”

The Stockvale Group, which owns the Sands restaurant, and Three Shells Beach cafe, will be a hit if it opens next summer.

Paul Thompson, chairman of the seafront traders association, said: “If it gets up and running then it will be an excellent addition to the seafront.

“It’s good to see the seafront getting more investment and if it is up and running by next summer than that is a plus.”

Echo:

Artist impression of the lagoon

Lagoon will destroy views, claim critics

OPPONENTS to the scheme claim that the estuary’s views will be eaten up by the latest development.

Concerns have been raised that the lagoon is another proposal in an area which residents claim is already overdeveloped.

Among the 33 objectors are members of the Alexandra Yacht Club, who launch their boats next to the pool.

They claim the lagoon will shut down the club as their jetty will be blocked.

The yacht club’s commodore, Andy Solkmon, said: “Our issue is health and safety.

“There’s only a small gap between our jetty and the lagoon and someone will be hit paddling there.

“We will lose members over this as our launch is so close to the lagoon, but the council doesn’t seem to care.”

Former member and Holland Road resident Trevor Bell, 69, added: “The trouble with this application is it could set a precedent. The lagoon is quite a substandard building along the seafront and if this continues we will only see glimpses of the estuary.

“Our views will be taken up by buildings which are an eyesore when it’s part of the town’s history to have a nice, clear view of the estuary.

“I used to be a member of the yacht club and there are concerns the yachts might not be able to get out to the seafront if this is built.”

Echo:

Three Shells Beach as it looks at the moment

Licence not yet in the bag

SOUTHEND Council has yet to secure a licence to carry out the works at the lagoon.

The authority, on behalf of the Stockvale Group, has applied to the Marine Management Organisation – a Government department that hands out licence applications for water activities.

The organisation says the council has applied for a licence to carry out the construction of the pool and to install toilets onsite.

A spokesman said: “We are not in a position to consider it yet as we’ve asked the council to go back for some more information and clarify other parts of the application.

“An application could take up to 13 weeks, or longer depending on whether it needs to go to consultation, but we cannot specify a timeframe until we get the application back.

“The application was sent in to us on July 15.”

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6:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

I hope it will be equipped with the latest anti shark countermeasures.

One holidaymaker chewed up and we can kiss goodbye to ever being on Eastenders or TOWIE again
I hope it will be equipped with the latest anti shark countermeasures. One holidaymaker chewed up and we can kiss goodbye to ever being on Eastenders or TOWIE again The King of Southend
  • Score: -10

7:41am Thu 21 Aug 14

SARFENDMAN says...

I hope they have better success with their palm trees compared with those sad half dead specimens along the rest of the seafront. Will they be playing "Blue Lagoon" or a new version "Brown Lagoon" in an opening ceremony?
I hope they have better success with their palm trees compared with those sad half dead specimens along the rest of the seafront. Will they be playing "Blue Lagoon" or a new version "Brown Lagoon" in an opening ceremony? SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 35

7:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

southend council, a disgrace of monumental proportions....
southend council, a disgrace of monumental proportions.... pembury53
  • Score: 14

8:23am Thu 21 Aug 14

Audioman says...

What a waste of money who in there right mind would go
to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere
to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too.
What a waste of money who in there right mind would go to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too. Audioman
  • Score: -49

9:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

Vange Resident says...

Anything that will bring in ££££ is a good thing, I think it will make this side of the seafront more attractive to people, perhaps we need to put a few more further down the sea front to "spread" out the amount of people who will want to use this?
Anything that will bring in ££££ is a good thing, I think it will make this side of the seafront more attractive to people, perhaps we need to put a few more further down the sea front to "spread" out the amount of people who will want to use this? Vange Resident
  • Score: 24

9:22am Thu 21 Aug 14

DCLEIGH says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Anything that will bring in ££££ is a good thing, I think it will make this side of the seafront more attractive to people, perhaps we need to put a few more further down the sea front to "spread" out the amount of people who will want to use this?
As the Pier has cost us £1.2million because of ridiculously inflated visitor figures then we can expect this venture to cost us a fair bit more if it is handled as badly.
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Anything that will bring in ££££ is a good thing, I think it will make this side of the seafront more attractive to people, perhaps we need to put a few more further down the sea front to "spread" out the amount of people who will want to use this?[/p][/quote]As the Pier has cost us £1.2million because of ridiculously inflated visitor figures then we can expect this venture to cost us a fair bit more if it is handled as badly. DCLEIGH
  • Score: 14

10:22am Thu 21 Aug 14

nataliedawn68 says...

Audioman wrote:
What a waste of money who in there right mind would go
to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere
to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too.
At least most of us in Southend are literate.
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money who in there right mind would go to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too.[/p][/quote]At least most of us in Southend are literate. nataliedawn68
  • Score: 63

11:04am Thu 21 Aug 14

jayman says...

1) Ahhh! the silt is washing away from the mudflats..
2) lets build a leisure lagoon on the mud and massively alter the hydrodynamics and tidal forces of the foreshore.

Anyone else get it or is it just me?
1) Ahhh! the silt is washing away from the mudflats.. 2) lets build a leisure lagoon on the mud and massively alter the hydrodynamics and tidal forces of the foreshore. Anyone else get it or is it just me? jayman
  • Score: 19

12:05pm Thu 21 Aug 14

pierfan_43 says...

First, that lady is smiling through gritted teeth because she's so cold - and unless SBC can arrange for more sunshine then the traders will never get the business from day trippers that they want.
Second, SBC should now sort out the parking on Westcliff and Clifftown Parades as we are already swamped with day trippers and people visiting the theatre or parking here because they work in town.
First, that lady is smiling through gritted teeth because she's so cold - and unless SBC can arrange for more sunshine then the traders will never get the business from day trippers that they want. Second, SBC should now sort out the parking on Westcliff and Clifftown Parades as we are already swamped with day trippers and people visiting the theatre or parking here because they work in town. pierfan_43
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Wait until a few people slip over and fall whilst trying too walk along the boulder wall.
Health and safety nightmare
Wait until a few people slip over and fall whilst trying too walk along the boulder wall. Health and safety nightmare Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 17

1:14pm Thu 21 Aug 14

emcee says...

This is all going to end in tears, mark my words.
This is all going to end in tears, mark my words. emcee
  • Score: 16

2:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Russ13 says...

I would really like to know how a lagoon like this is going to spoil the view?

When the tide's in you're not really going to see it, when the tide's out there's going to be a small expanse of water retained, surely that looks a lot better than mud?

As per an earlier post, I think there should be a few more of these along the beach to help increase visitor numbers to the area.
I would really like to know how a lagoon like this is going to spoil the view? When the tide's in you're not really going to see it, when the tide's out there's going to be a small expanse of water retained, surely that looks a lot better than mud? As per an earlier post, I think there should be a few more of these along the beach to help increase visitor numbers to the area. Russ13
  • Score: 13

2:25pm Thu 21 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Hope the tuers and nappies that get caught in there get fished out
Hope the tuers and nappies that get caught in there get fished out sesibollox
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Thu 21 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Hope the tuers and nappies that get caught in there get fished out
and dogs will love it in there....
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hope the tuers and nappies that get caught in there get fished out[/p][/quote]and dogs will love it in there.... pembury53
  • Score: 4

5:10pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jolllyboy says...

This is a protested area so I am surprised that they think they can do it.
More work in keeping it free from dogs poo and kids throwing stuff - that is why they got rid of the paddling pool that used to be on the sea front. I certainly wont let my family go near it.
This is a protested area so I am surprised that they think they can do it. More work in keeping it free from dogs poo and kids throwing stuff - that is why they got rid of the paddling pool that used to be on the sea front. I certainly wont let my family go near it. jolllyboy
  • Score: 5

5:59pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Maddogg says...

Be a great place, with a net, to see who can catch the biggest Richard.
Be a great place, with a net, to see who can catch the biggest Richard. Maddogg
  • Score: 6

6:24pm Thu 21 Aug 14

southendfanman says...

Great news , see southend is being improved all the time.
Great news , see southend is being improved all the time. southendfanman
  • Score: 4

6:33pm Thu 21 Aug 14

charwen says...

will be great seeing it more improvement
will be great seeing it more improvement charwen
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Kursaal76 says...

Audioman wrote:
What a waste of money who in there right mind would go
to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere
to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too.
If you don't like it don't come here simple as that!
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money who in there right mind would go to South End a right dump indeed.prices too high nowhere to get a good meal just fish and chips ugh it smells too.[/p][/quote]If you don't like it don't come here simple as that! Kursaal76
  • Score: 8

9:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Clacton don't have an expensive lagooon, and thats always very busy, is it because they have sand, a pier with so much on it, Free parking (YES FREE), clean tidy area, superb flower gardens lifeguards and a road train.?
Clacton don't have an expensive lagooon, and thats always very busy, is it because they have sand, a pier with so much on it, Free parking (YES FREE), clean tidy area, superb flower gardens lifeguards and a road train.? Robin Reliant
  • Score: 14

10:48pm Thu 21 Aug 14

LoopyLou88 says...

southend council southend is not california or florida so please stop trying to make it look like it is... next you'll putting dolphins into the freakin sea.
southend council southend is not california or florida so please stop trying to make it look like it is... next you'll putting dolphins into the freakin sea. LoopyLou88
  • Score: 8

5:28am Fri 22 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Shame the pier hasn't had a look in with all that's been spent elsewhere..
Shame the pier hasn't had a look in with all that's been spent elsewhere.. sesibollox
  • Score: 9

4:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Palm trees? Oh no... You'd have thought they'd have learnt from the manky specimens struggling already that this isn't a good spot for palms. Try planting other attractive trees that do thrive in this environment. Not hard to solve, is it?
Palm trees? Oh no... You'd have thought they'd have learnt from the manky specimens struggling already that this isn't a good spot for palms. Try planting other attractive trees that do thrive in this environment. Not hard to solve, is it? Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 10

4:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Chymes81 says...

jayman wrote:
1) Ahhh! the silt is washing away from the mudflats..
2) lets build a leisure lagoon on the mud and massively alter the hydrodynamics and tidal forces of the foreshore.

Anyone else get it or is it just me?
Just You
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 1) Ahhh! the silt is washing away from the mudflats.. 2) lets build a leisure lagoon on the mud and massively alter the hydrodynamics and tidal forces of the foreshore. Anyone else get it or is it just me?[/p][/quote]Just You Chymes81
  • Score: -4

7:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

grippie says...

Hope it's not another of the deputy leader of the council, Graham Longley, mistakes, who can forget his High Street's Millennium clock that's now gathering dust some where in storage.
Hope it's not another of the deputy leader of the council, Graham Longley, mistakes, who can forget his High Street's Millennium clock that's now gathering dust some where in storage. grippie
  • Score: 5

10:39pm Fri 22 Aug 14

essex bad boy says...

I hope that readers remember that topless men are not allowed on Stockvale property, does this mean that Mark will have patrols on the beach telling them to cover up?
I hope that readers remember that topless men are not allowed on Stockvale property, does this mean that Mark will have patrols on the beach telling them to cover up? essex bad boy
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Sat 23 Aug 14

MilesBond says...

Giant crab pool
Giant crab pool MilesBond
  • Score: 2

9:22am Sun 24 Aug 14

depotman says...

can this really happen start work in march open for summer that's 4 months surely the way thing happen when SBC are involved it will take 4 years
can this really happen start work in march open for summer that's 4 months surely the way thing happen when SBC are involved it will take 4 years depotman
  • Score: 5

5:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

luvinlife says...

Give it a rest, moan, moan, moan. I bet all the people that objected to the airport are against the lagoon too. what do you want, to keep everything the same? - Modern day Luddites possibly...
Give it a rest, moan, moan, moan. I bet all the people that objected to the airport are against the lagoon too. what do you want, to keep everything the same? - Modern day Luddites possibly... luvinlife
  • Score: 2

9:11am Mon 25 Aug 14

Popsiepop says...

Well its all full steam ahead now seeing as the councils dealt with the demolition of the yacht club early with some juvenile contractors!!!!!!
Well its all full steam ahead now seeing as the councils dealt with the demolition of the yacht club early with some juvenile contractors!!!!!! Popsiepop
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Mon 25 Aug 14

bribren says...

Southend sea front is very long, so why is any improvements only done in an area of no more than quarter mile and which is already saturated. Improvements should be more spread out right along the seafront pass the Kursal and for the another end also.
Southend sea front is very long, so why is any improvements only done in an area of no more than quarter mile and which is already saturated. Improvements should be more spread out right along the seafront pass the Kursal and for the another end also. bribren
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Mon 25 Aug 14

My Britain says...

Should have. A big floating marina built instead, have some lovely boats for the public to go out on, and loads of moored boats and yachts, it would look lovely all lite up at night!
Better than the silly boat jettys along the front.
Should have. A big floating marina built instead, have some lovely boats for the public to go out on, and loads of moored boats and yachts, it would look lovely all lite up at night! Better than the silly boat jettys along the front. My Britain
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Mon 25 Aug 14

My Britain says...

It will cost more then £850.000
It will cost more then £850.000 My Britain
  • Score: 0

6:28pm Mon 25 Aug 14

My Britain says...

depotman wrote:
can this really happen start work in march open for summer that's 4 months surely the way thing happen when SBC are involved it will take 4 years
It will be built by the immigrants living in southend, they own the place now!
[quote][p][bold]depotman[/bold] wrote: can this really happen start work in march open for summer that's 4 months surely the way thing happen when SBC are involved it will take 4 years[/p][/quote]It will be built by the immigrants living in southend, they own the place now! My Britain
  • Score: 1

7:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

TowerBlockDreams says...

Jellyfish trap anyone? Outdoor Lido may have been a better idea :)
Jellyfish trap anyone? Outdoor Lido may have been a better idea :) TowerBlockDreams
  • Score: 2

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