New pool for swimmers

2018-02-06 06:00
The newly discovered natural tidal pool near Kalk Bay Harbour.PHOTO: Peter van Heusden

The newly discovered natural tidal pool near Kalk Bay Harbour.PHOTO: Peter van Heusden

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Kalk Bay residents will be making a splash this summer – in a newly-discovered natural tidal pool.

Residents identified the tidal pool after it was revealed during renovations taking place at the Kalk Bay Harbour parking area.

A group of residents made enquiries and were delighted to discover that it is a natural pool, with a wall built just on one side, and is open to the public.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, has confirmed the natural tidal pool. “This is not a new tidal pool but a natural tidal pool area that has some historic human additions that have always existed. At this stage, there are no plans to develop or expand the tidal pool any further,” he says.

“The City has no plans regarding this tidal pool, but as per the Integrated Coastal Management Act, public access is a right, so people can or may access the area if they so wish.”

The natural tidal pool also offers an assortment of delights for children in nearby rock pools.

There is natural seating along the side of the pool, which is currently obstructed by fencing.

According to residents, the City is reportedly planning to assist with cleansing and amenities, including a notice informing the public that the pool is open. At the moment, the pool can be reached from the edge of the new, expanded parking area.

Herron adds: “The City is reviewing the fence, not as part of any tidal pool development or expansion but rather in light of coastal public access, as it is reviewing all possible encroachments into public coastal land.”

The harbour parking area expansion project is near completion, Herron adds. “The carpark expansion project encountered a few snags that need completing and then a completion certificate can be issued.”

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