Schoolchildren launch campaign to bring back Maldon's swimming lake

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Plume School pupils Tom Amner, George Barton, James Harris and Kye Hedgecock at Maldon Prom Park lake Plume School pupils Tom Amner, George Barton, James Harris and Kye Hedgecock at Maldon Prom Park lake

Four Maldon school pupils have launched a campaign to bring the swimming lake back to the town’s Promenade Park.

Tom Amner, George Barton, James Harris and Kye Hedgecock, who attend lower Plume School, intend to petition to bring back the popular tourist attraction, which closed more than 10 years ago after dad-of-two Kevin Gay died there.

The Year 9 pupils came up with the ambitious project in their personal, social and health education (PSHE) lessons.

They are now drafting a letter to Maldon MP John Whittingdale and Maldon District Council officers and later hope to have petitions set up in the town’s shops.

Kye, 13, said: “I remember going there when I was one or two and it was a great place to be.”

James, 14, said: “We believe it offers a lot of financial opportunities to the town, for example it could help by having different restaurants and family orientated activities at the park.”

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1:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

paultheuver1 says...

A wonderful idea that should be supported by all in the district, it should never have been closed in the first place. Rather than admit they and their officers were in the wrong, they shut it down, depriving the locals and many thousands of tourists the joy of the lake. I attended the meeting at Maldon Town FC, which was packed solid, many people spilling out into the foyer and outside, yet the council went ahead and despite the overwhelming support for retaining it as a swimming lake.
I'm certain the 'Keep Maldon Unique' protesters will be giving these young lads their full support, and will be captured once more with their banners, for another pro Maldon M&B article.
Especially if they believe the rumour I'm starting, that Wetherspoons are going to concrete it over and build the mother of all public houses... ;-)
A wonderful idea that should be supported by all in the district, it should never have been closed in the first place. Rather than admit they and their officers were in the wrong, they shut it down, depriving the locals and many thousands of tourists the joy of the lake. I attended the meeting at Maldon Town FC, which was packed solid, many people spilling out into the foyer and outside, yet the council went ahead and despite the overwhelming support for retaining it as a swimming lake. I'm certain the 'Keep Maldon Unique' protesters will be giving these young lads their full support, and will be captured once more with their banners, for another pro Maldon M&B article. Especially if they believe the rumour I'm starting, that Wetherspoons are going to concrete it over and build the mother of all public houses... ;-) paultheuver1
  • Score: 5

3:00pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

What a silly idea - we now have a year round attraction rather than the grotty - and dangerous - swimming hole. Remember its last years surrounded by the ugly fence as well. Also, are you going to fund the alteration from the lovely year round attraction of today to the grotty swimming hole used - at best - for a few days a year? No it'll be the normal taxpayer.

Let's also consider last summer - remember the season of permament rain. So, lose a great attraction that we have now and gain - expensively , a pointless, grotty attraction which no-one will use.

Times have changed, move on and find something worth of attention. Do your school homework...
What a silly idea - we now have a year round attraction rather than the grotty - and dangerous - swimming hole. Remember its last years surrounded by the ugly fence as well. Also, are you going to fund the alteration from the lovely year round attraction of today to the grotty swimming hole used - at best - for a few days a year? No it'll be the normal taxpayer. Let's also consider last summer - remember the season of permament rain. So, lose a great attraction that we have now and gain - expensively , a pointless, grotty attraction which no-one will use. Times have changed, move on and find something worth of attention. Do your school homework... Jack222
  • Score: -5

3:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

paultheuver1 says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz You really are fresh out of nappies aren't you Jack222. The swimming lake was the biggest attraction to the promenade, before the very expensive clearance and installation of a water feature...Do your homework boy!
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz You really are fresh out of nappies aren't you Jack222. The swimming lake was the biggest attraction to the promenade, before the very expensive clearance and installation of a water feature...Do your homework boy! paultheuver1
  • Score: 4

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