Cash has been set aside to carry out investigations into vital restoration work to the paddling pool in Brightlingsea.

The seawater pool at Western Promenade, which has become silted up with mud over time, is sited on the town’s prestigious Blue Flag Beach and its revival could be part of a number of measures taken to upgrade the surrounding area. The council is considering exactly what needs to be done; what consents are required and how much it will cost.

Nick Turner, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said that the pool’s liner is long past its best. “The liner needs restoring and the site needs a general refurbishment which is now overdue,” he said.

“We will also be looking at additional improvements such as to toilet facilities, the Beach Patrol office, realigning the car park, introducing beach showers and other improvements to the toilets. On top of that we will be investigating how we can upgrade the quality of some of the beach huts.”

A deputation from TDC’s Cabinet visited the paddling pool and Brightlingsea Sports Centre during a recent tour of the area. The team included Leader Mick Page, Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation Alan Goggin and Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Arts Mark Platt.

Cllr Page said: “I announced in the budget speech that £8,000 is being made available to kick-start the restoration of Brightlingsea paddling pool by find out what we need to do. It is an area of the seafront that contributes greatly to the town’s economy.”

Brightlingsea Sports Centre is a facility shared with Colne Community School and the group from the Council met up with Principal Nadeep Sharma and newly appointed manager James Prior.

“We were very impressed with the vision for the site following our discussion with Mr Sharma,” added Cllr Page. “Things certainly appear to be moving forward with the community and the centre.”

Pictured: Left to right: Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation Alan Goggin,  Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Arts Mark Platt and Leader Mick Page


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