About Canvey Island
Canvey Island is a civil parish and reclaimed island in the Thames estuary in Essex, England. It has an area of 7.12 square miles (18.44 km2) and a population of 38,170. It is separated from the mainland of south Essex by a network of creeks. Lying only just above sea level it is prone to flooding at exceptional tides, but has nevertheless been inhabited since the Roman invasion of Britain. Canvey became a popular resort which carried on into the new century. In the late 20th century Canvey was a popular spot for Eastenders from London to visit on weekends and during the summer and to some extent still is popular with some families even to the extent that some have moved here all year round. Canvey also became an important petrochemicals site with several companies still based there.