Lido – Councillor Barry.
The Lido opened on 27th May after three months of intensive work, refurbishment and renovation. The plant room has had a total overhaul and now boasts an auto dosing system and a UV water treatment facility which will significantly reduce the use of chlorine to kill bacteria and algae. A new more flexible pump has been installed, reducing energy costs. Overall the CRF grant of £46k has been well spent and should future proof the system for years to come.
The cafe has also been refurbished and extended at an estimated cost of £36k, (£16k from CIF grant) providing a quality venue and a much needed revenue stream. The weather has of course been very unkind so the financial contribution of the cafe has been invaluable.
The new manager Clive Edwards started in April and has proved to be a very successful appointment, He has brought a wealth of experience, initiative and energy to the role and there are already plans to host a sub-aqua club, a kayak club, paddleboard pilates and a trainee lifeguard scheme, in addition to the early morning and evening adult swims and the weekly splashercise class. An open water swimming teacher has booked a lane to give lessons. It is also hoped that a programme aimed at teaching survival and sea swimming skills will be offered to schools at the end of July for their activity weeks. The cafe is to be used as a ‘hub’ and meeting place for various clubs and is available for private hire along with the pool.
Improving accessibility is a key issue and handrails have been installed by the side of the pool. Work is continuing with our access consultant to source funding for a hoist and lift to enable full access to the water and surrounding areas.
The town council has budgeted £20k for 2019/20 as part of the agreed five year funding plan, and has provided a loan of £20k, (to be paid back over four years) – overall the investment is well over £100k which has been provided entirely through funding obtained by trustees and the town council. The additional hours provided by volunteer labour and professionals is estimated to be worth well over £50k in terms of added value to the project.
Talks are ongoing with Active Essex, Sport England and TDC regarding potential investment to further improve and expand the facility.
We have also been approached by Channel 4 to possibly host a swimming promotion themed programme involving celebrities who can’t swim being taught to swim. It may not work logistically but they have done an assessment and we should know sometime before the next council meeting whether it will go ahead. Here is the link:
Been a busy few months, here’s hoping for an improvement in the weather.
Western Promenade (Councillors Block and Howard)
On the 20.05.2019 Clr. Ian Block and I walked the Western Prom to discuss and assess areas which require attention. We also held a meeting with Head Groundsman Terry Hamilton on the 04.06.2019 to discuss the following:
ROSPA have inspected the Skate Park and the small ramps will require removal next year due to safety concerns. They are currently rated a medium risk.
We are currently seeking three quotes for a replacement nine modular skate park in accordance with council procedure. Once these have been received we will seek to secure grants to fund the new park.
CCTV WESTERN PROM
We are currently seeking three quotes for the installation of new CCTV with matching specification for Western Promenade in accordance with council procedure. Once received this will be passed back to the Finance Committee.
MODEL BOAT CLUB
On 04.06.2019 I met with Terry Hamilton and Gary Clarke the Chairman of the Model Boat Club. Mr Clarke expressed concern that there is a large amount of weed on the lake which is impairing their sailing. As we do not use chemicals on the lake as it is primarily a Wildlife Lake, Terry opens the sluice at high tide to provide a fresh flow of water. This has already partially taken place with a two hour flow last week at high tide, further action to be taken on around the 13.07.2019 at the next high tide.
PLAY EQUIPMENT WESTERN PROM
The large slide situated in the play area has rotted at the base where the ground plate is. Also further wear is observed to the base of the legs. The slide is currently cordoned off and we have contacted Playquip Leisure of Alresford to provide an estimate for its repair. We have also requested an estimate to repair the Youth Shelter as eight of the panels require attention although this apparatus is considered to be safe for public use.
HEIGHT BARRIER (CAR PARK WESTERN PROM)
The height restriction barrier at the entrance to the Western Promenade Car Park has been struck and damaged severed. It appears to have been a tall vehicle due to the position. Terry has altered the hinges to enable the car park to be secured but a quote for its repair is being sourced.
TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL
We are currently requesting a meeting with Ian Taylor at TDC we are unable to schedule a meeting at present as he is out of the office. The issues to discuss are as follows:
- Cycling signs along the promenade.
- Clear signage to indicate where dogs are permitted on the beach and Western Promenade.
- Refurbishment/replacement of the shelter situated by the Lido.
- Maintenance of the Paddling pool.
- A piece of iron was found washed up on the beach by a member of the public. Further investigations are required to ensure there is not further metal on the beach and that the area is safe.