Local photographer shares photo of ‘cesspit’ seafront lagoon

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Credit: Phil Whalley - phil@avpics.co.uk

A photographer has shared a photo of the seafront lagoon in Southend where it appears that the beach feature has attracted a large amount of mess and debris – he refers to it as a ‘cesspit.’

Phil Whalley posted the image earlier today, with a number of people expressing their surprise at the current condition of the lagoon that was originally installed to ensure that an area of the seafront would always have water.

It is generally unaffected by the tide.

Credit: Phil Whalley – phil@avpics.co.uk

According to the official Visit Southend page, it is: A fantastic new attraction that will allow visitors to paddle and swim all day long, without worrying about the tides.

This is definitely a step in the right direction, as one of the most common complaints that we hear from visitors to the town is that they have arrived at a time when the tide is out!

How have you found the lagoon when you have visited it in the past? Is this a regular problem or have you noticed that it is well-maintained?

The very nature of an entirely enclosed lagoon will mean that accumulated materials will always need to be manually removed, so to a certain extent those responsible for cleaning it will often by fighting a losing battle.

However, in this condition it doesn’t exactly send out the right message.

Let us know at info@southendbible.com – if you have a picture that you would like to share with the people of South Essex send it over!

We have approached Southend Borough Council for a comment.

The Southend Bible is a new news and features blog for South Essex. We have partnered with a number of local Facebook groups with a combined following of more than 100,000 people.

If you have something that you want to share please send it over to info@southendbible.com with plenty of pictures.

Photo Credit: Phil Whalley – phil@avpics.co.uk