Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Felixstowe: Hope for Spa Pavilion as two bids received

PUBLISHED: 14:32 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 25 February 2013

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion.

Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion.

Archant

EXPERTS are today assessing two formal bids by organisations wanting to take over Felixstowe’s boarded-up seafront theatre.

No details are known yet about the offers for the Spa Pavilion – but councillors have told prospective purchasers that they are willing to listen to proposals for a wide range of ideas, including a mixed use that could include a theatre.

They would also be prepared for developers to demolish the building and replace it with a new theatre or different attraction.

While two bids have been submitted, council officials say there could be two more offers to come, and possibly others, and the 892-seater venue will remain on the market for the time being.

A Suffolk Coastal council spokesman said: “Two proposals have been received and are being assessed by our expert agents and ourselves as to whether they meet our basic criteria of long-term viability that would mean they could be referred to cabinet.”

Councillors are due to discuss the future of the building again in April.

One of the items on the agenda will be the restaurant and the possibility of re-opening it for the summer season.

Previous operator Openwide Coastal had offered to run the restaurant on an ad hoc basis, and the council has not ruled out speaking to the company again regarding the catering facility.

The Spa closed at the end of the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company’s panto run in early January and has since been boarded up.

A caretaker has been employed part-time to keep an eye on the property and deal with maintenance issues until its future is decided.

Specialist marketing agents Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels are marketing the theatre. The company has already held an open day, which attracted reasonable interest in the building.

A well-known Elvis impersonator from Ipswich has died at the age of 57 following a short battle with cancer.

A Second World War hand grenade has been destroyed in a controlled explosion after being handed in at Felixstowe Police Station by a member of the public.

An mother-of-six can continue keeping pets despite being convicted of mistreating a dog.

An A&E department in Suffolk had to close to ambulances for a temporary period because patient safety was at risk, it has been revealed.

A number of roads and rail lines remain closed in the aftermath of Storm David - here is a rundown of where to avoid on your trip home.

HERE’S HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME WITH 2018’S TRENDIEST COLOUR - ULTRA VIOLET

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has asked for talks with transport ministers about building a new road across the north of the town – as it emerged that more than half a million pounds has been committed to planning a new route.

With various names having been ascribed to the gales that plagued Suffolk yesterday morning, there was some confusion as to what the storm was actually called.

The idea was simple: if every woman who had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed posted ‘me too’ online, we might get a sense of the true scale of the problem.

Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by taking part in our quiz - challenge your friends and family.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24