Canvey Coastguard Calls For Rock-Pool To Be Saved

(Yellow Advertiser) – CANVEY COASTGUARD has called upon council bosses to scrap plans to demolish a Canvey rock pool – through fears youngsters could get trapped on surrounding mud flats.

Mick Allwood, station officer for Canvey Coastguard, has represented the organisation in a number of Castle Point Council meetings, calling for Concord Pool, in Eastern Esplanade, to stay.

The father-of-four fears young people will go out to sea when the tide is out and risk getting stuck in the mud before waters starting rising again.

He said: “The pool, for us, is containment. We do not encourage anyone to go onto the mudflats, especially children.

“The rock pool is safe, in my view. Take it away and there will be rescues and that itself is very expensive.

“All councillors need to do is look at the situation with Southend and all the calls they get to the Coastguard.”

Mr Allwood first voiced his concerns at Castle Point Council’s Overview and Scrutiny meeting last month, however, councillors agreed to push forward with the plans.

The Coastguard also attended a packed Canvey Town Council meeting on Tuesday night and repeated their call.

A council review found that the 1930s-built pool would require council spending of £96,000 on repairs and maintenance in order to make it safe for public use. They believe the facility had suffered severe tidal damage and that there was a risk to the public from old debris at the site.

If the council decides to continue with the work, Concord Pool will be replaced by a new beach area while a crabbing site will be built at the new rock pool site, built two years ago.

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