In August 2010 Castle Point Borough Council offered to transfer the responsibility of the day to day management and operation of the old tidal pool along with a section of the beach area to Canvey Island Town Council as part of an agreement between the two councils to promote and enhance the Concord beach area.
This area of beach and tidal pool has now been agreed by both councils and works to bring the area up to health and safety standards have been completed.
The tidal pool was officially transferred to the Town Council on the 22nd July 2011.
This has been an area where children have paddled and fished for crabs since the 1930s which is why Canvey Island residents campaigned for it to be saved. A Friends of Concord Beach Charity has been set up following various meetings with hundreds of residents over the survival of the pool. Canvey Island Town Council will work in partnership with Friends of Concord Beach to ensure the area is clean and safe once again.
Town Council Chairman Joan Liddiard said:
“We got there in the end…It is really good we have taken over the running of part of Concord Beach and the paddling pool…the Town Council has welcomed the opportunity to take over the management of this historic and well used facility following a campaign by residents to keep the pool open.”
The Water Safety Code
BEWARE OF ALL DANGERS!
To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.
Tidal water can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers.
The dangers of water include:
it is very cold
there may be hidden currents
it can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
it can be deep
there may be hidden rubbish, e.g. rocks, broken glass
you are swimming at an unsupervised beach
it is difficult to estimate depth
the tide can turn very quickly
Top tips to stay safe
Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
Never swim alone.
If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Check the tide times before going to the beach to reduce the likelihood of getting caught out.
Parents/ Carers, talk to your children about the dangers of the seaside, especially teenagers who may go to the beach without you.
Constant supervision of children whilst near water on the beach is essential. Evidence suggests that children under the age of 11 years are most at risk and toddlers are the most vulnerable.
Make yourself familiar with the environment, recognise particular hazards, like changes in depth, slippery rocks and check out where the points of help are. Be particularly vigilant on the beach where tides and weather can affect the water conditions.
Seawater pools on Canvey Island
Following the rules and behaving sensibly should mean the safe enjoyment of the seawater pools for everyone. The seawater pools are an unsupervised facility and there are no lifeguards present so children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
Don’t use the pools in adverse weather conditions – heavy rain, heavy wind
Don’t use the pools at high tide
Don’t walk around the railings at high tide
Don’t let your dogs use the pool
Don’t climb on rocks surrounding the pool
Don’t take glass bottles or containers to the pool
Watch out for deep water around the pool
Do have fun
Please read and follow the clear signage that is located in the car parks and at both seawater pools highlighting, hazards, warnings, advice and customer information.