CANVEY residents are invited to come and view “exciting” plans for the seafront in a public exhibition.

Award-winning architects Bell Phillips were appointed in the summer to undertake a master planning exercise to ensure the future vitality of Canvey seafront.

The initiative was launched by Canvey Island Coastal Community Team, led by councillor Ray Howard, in the hope that the plans will build on the regeneration of the seafront as a family-friendly destination.

Mr Howard, who is also ward councillor for West Ward, said: “This is the exciting next step in the Canvey seafront regeneration.

“I am very impressed with the plans the architects have come up with.

“All the proposals they will be presenting will not all come to fruition but I’m hopeful that a lot of it will like the public toilets, improved parking and better pedestrian access.”

Residents now have a first opportunity to come and see the vision that the architects have prepared for the future of the seafront.

Bell Philips carried out interviews with local businesses representatives, community groups and landowners to get ideas for what people would like to see.

At the completion of the consultation the architects will put forward a development plan that can help inform the future of the seafront area to create a quality destination for both visitors and residents.

Melissa Dowler, director of Bell Phillips, said. “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project to bring forward a blueprint to help achieve a great future for Canvey seafront.

“We welcome the opportunity to meet the community and hear views on this vision.”

The plans will be on display at the Knightswick Centre on Canvey today or at the Canvey Library tomorrow. There is the chance to see artists impressions of the seafront, give views and speak to architects.

Mr Howard added: “We really are indebted to the Friends of Concord Beach and Baywatch because they’ve done tremendous amounts work.

“Now thousands of people come to Canvey seafront instead of Southend.

“We hope to build on what they have achieved.”