Southend, Uncle Tom's.... PLEASE DO NOT USE THE BEACH.

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Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:13 pm

after some problems at the beach the councel has informed the Essex kitesurfing club that the beach is to no longer be used for kitesurfing.

Letter from the councel:


I expect that you have heard about the very dangerous incident which occurred when a Kite surfer was launching from Shoebury Common beach about a month ago, and a young boy narrowly escaped the cables as the kite collapsed on him. This last weekend there have been many kite surfers using the beach at Shoebury Common and, although the weather was not fantastic for beach users, there were still a number of families on the beach and they felt threatened and frightened by the kite surfers. I understand that the K.S's were using all areas of the beach and remained within the moorings once they were afloat (15 at any one time and up to 19 at the busiest period).

Like many of the beach users, I am extremely worried about this activity taking place on such a busy beach. It has always been our intention to work together with yourself and the Club with a view to making the sport "safe and socially acceptable" in Southend by your controlling it at Shoebury East Beach. Clearly this message is being ignored by many enthusiasts and, if these problems continue, I shall have no alternative but to ban the sport completely from all of our beaches.

I am arranging for some "No Kite Surfing" signs to be produced which will be erected at all areas of Shoebury Common. I understand that your website indicates that K.S's could use Shoebury Common beach (referring specifically to Uncle Tom's Cabin). This is most definitely not the case and I should be grateful if you would delete this beach name from your website.

I look forward to hearing from you by email, please, as I shall be away from the office during much of the next few days.

Marjory Hall CMICS, MILAM (Dip), MTMI
Head of Pier and Foreshore
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue

so please do NOT use the beach there. no matter how empty it is.

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Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:37 am

Buggar that the beach I learnt at that beach years ago. I hope the club can get soemthing sorted.


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Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:19 pm

sorry to hear of the problems Tone.

maybe try a voluntary summer and bank holiday restrictions angle on them rather than going straight for the full ban.

made it sticky for a while.
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:20 pm

Just to clarify... which beach is this we're talking about? Is East Beach still OK?
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:22 pm

Yes - east beach is a designated kite beach....uncle toms gets busy, close toroad, beach folk and beach huts
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:26 pm

and just to clarify.. is it the one with the huge aerial mast and coastguard there and the concrete slip into the water?
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:26 pm

Just remember guys all the beaches in Southend you must have insurance. If anyone is comming down on a regular basis it's best to join the club so you know what going on and help support the beaches in Southend
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:14 pm

yes Adam - we are to stay away from Toms - the one with the big aerial.
Briefly after this incident, we were ok if we just stayed in the section by the aerial, now it's totally out of limits for now.
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:28 pm

Feck! That's one of my favourite beaches. :(

Someone idoit had a go at me last time I sailed there, for "intending to kite between the boats"! :? The fact that I was only actually standing in the car park and had no intention of going out between the boats seemed to confuse him. (Don't worry - I didn't make things any worse by arguing with him. I just had to explain that the reason I was standing in the car park was 'cos that was where my car was. :roll: )
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:31 pm

yeh, it's bad news

very bad news

we need to do all we can to weedle our way back into favor with the blue rinse brigade and council I guess...
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Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:20 pm

And you think Uncle Tom's is bad news for YOU!? I went up to the cabin once, I thought that Massa Haley would catch me fo sure. :shock:

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Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:55 pm

Shame about that, although i do hear it's still ok to kite there at low tide, just make sure you launch and land well away from the shingle shore line.
Was at East beach on Saturday, i'd forgotten how many local w*nkers southend has! The guys that teach out of Southend are some of the most unapproachable kiters i've ever met. Unless you are in on their local click, they will barely give you the time of day. What cracks me up is that they all think they are fricking pros or something, practising their air handle passes while stood watching everyone else out on the water, jokers!
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Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:31 pm

bit disappointing to hear that you had a bad experience of Southend - Southend has always struck me as the most welcoming of the SE kite spots.
There are a rake of instructors in Southend - hopefully it was an isolated one or two who came across like that?
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Tue Jun 14, 2005 3:13 pm

Not a bad experience as such, just a feeling i get when ever i go there. Go to a place like Camber Sands and most people there are very cool and always willing to help each other out. On Saturday i had to help my mate launch his kite while at the same time keeping mine in the air! All the while there is an instructor 15ft away who point blank refused to help him launch, reason, because he was in middle of a lesson...even though his pupils kite was laying on the ground, so instead he prefers to look on while we peform a potentially dangerous launch...what a t*sser! I dig Southend as a kite spot, but some locals, and certainly the kite school who operate there need some lessons in common hopspitality!
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