Canvey £ 900,000 Renovation of Labworth car park to stop flooding
THE first step in a major £ 900,000 refurbishment of a seaside car park to help prevent flooding has been completed.
The Labworth parking lot on the West Esplanade of Canvey reopened to the public in time for half of the quarter after part of the resurfacing work was completed.
Parts of the parking lot had been in “bad shape” for some time prior to the renovation, with many potholes and tripping hazards.
Due to the poor condition, it allowed surface water to accumulate and worsen flooding on the island, but it is hoped that the new surface will reduce flooding in the area, with a large reservoir to store the water below.
Castle Point Council Chief Andrew Sheldon attended the reopening this week with Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris and Ward Councilor Jay Blissett.
He said: “The Canvey waterfront is a great asset to people and, along with Hadleigh Country Park, the backbone of much of the tourism in our borough.
“Prior to this investment, the Labworth parking lot was small and prone to flooding, but once the work is completed it will be a larger modern parking lot with electric charging stations and its own drainage system that will flow directly into the parking lot. estuary.
“This is a fantastic investment for our waterfront, I am happy that the first phase of it has been opened for the scorching midterm that we are experiencing.”
The project received the green light last summer from the UK government’s Getting Building Fund to boost post-Covid economic recovery.
Rebecca Harris said: “Not only will there be more spaces for visitors, but the work also includes a new system to use a large tank under the parking lot to store water during heavy rains and the installation of a new pumping system to drain it directly into the estuary to relieve pressure on road drains.
“These improvements mean that many more people will be able to enjoy the waterfront and boost business.
“The £ 900,000 overhaul is being funded by a government grant for small infrastructure projects and Castle Point Council funds.”