CCTV installed in pool to keep swimmers safe
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Security cameras are being installed at an Essex swimming pool to help keep people safe in the water, it has emerged.
A CCTV system costing nearly £50,000 is set to be rolled out at Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles in early May.
It is being put in place after a blind spot was revealed in part of the pool during certain parts of the day – due to light reflecting off the water.
This led to Tendring District Council, which runs the pool, needing two lifeguards on duty at all times – even when the number of swimmers was very low.
Part of the pool was closed during quieter times as a temporary measure, but it is hoped the CCTV will become fully operational in the next few weeks.
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Mike Carran, head of sport and leisure at the council, said the system would help to keep people safe: “The safety of our leisure centre customers is paramount, and that is why we took immediate action when this was identified.
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Council chiefs say a budget of £49,500 has been made available for the system, which staff are currently being trained to operate.