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Felixstowe: Setback for bid to save iconic red phone box

PUBLISHED: 11:03 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 10 October 2013

Councillor Michael Sharman is trying to save the red telephone box at Bent Hill, Felixstowe.

Councillor Michael Sharman is trying to save the red telephone box at Bent Hill, Felixstowe.

Archant

Hopes of saving an iconic red phone box, which has been threatened with being thrown away, have been dealt a blow.

The box – one of only three left at Felixstowe – is to be removed from the top of the Pram Walk, on Bent Hill, to make way for a new entrance into the resort’s refurbished seafront gardens when the £2.76million project is eventually completed.

After a protest from town and district councillor Michael Sharman, the Seafront Gardens Project Board – which is masterminding the renovation of the nationally-important gardens – agreed the kiosk should be kept and found a new home, a more suitable location, in the gardens.

The board has now submitted a planning application for a new site – but town councillors are objecting and recommending refusal.

The town plans committee said placing the box on the clifftop in Hamilton Gardens, at the edge of a flower bed and close to the railings, was “anachronistic and non-contiguous”.

The committee also had concerns about the future maintenance of the phone box.

Mr Sharman said: “These red telephone boxes are iconic for many of us and we only have three – this one and those at Felixstowe Ferry and Adastral Close – remaining in Felixstowe.

“In years to come young and old in our town may well wonder what the red telephone kiosks looked like and we will have to tell them we could have saved one but didn’t.

“I am impressed by the plans committee’s long words but I am disappointed at its decision, and can only hope Suffolk Coastal will support the relocation of this part of our heritage.”

Mr Sharman would like the town council, or perhaps a group such as The Felixstowe Society, to adopt the box after BT has removed the phone equipment.

It could then be suitable for a range of uses – some have been taken over by communities and preserved or even used as library or book exchanges or art galleries – with minimal upkeep requirements.

13 comments

  • Or three or four, dear Crabstick, as with your post !!

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • If Sharman had put as much effort into his teaching as he does into his petty minded nit picking I might of been able to of written this what I am writing betterer. Get a hobby Mr S. your as boring and irrelevant as ever.

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    joeegg

    Friday, October 11, 2013

  • the Seafront Gardens Project Board – which is masterminding the renovation of the nationally-important gardens. Sure they will find a place for it, maybe they can have there meetings inside it, it would allow them to ring up for assistance if they cant find the door to get out, maybe they can ring a friend to help them find a contractor to finish the mess they got the Gardens in.

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    a west

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Utterly disappointing news, when me and my parents visited Felixstowe from London some 20 years a go! We would always stop here to make a phone call or two.

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Whenever I post a comment which in any way criticises the "powers that be" the comment is moderated out by Archant - reason given "other". Therefore, in order to save the blushes of the "free press", I can do no other than hang my boots up and glory in the demise of any sort of critical forum. Let the politicians, both national and local, do what suits them best. Shackle the press and ignore the opinions of the voters and tax payers. Archant is so frightened of legal action that it has forgotten what journalism is all about. If this gets published I will eat my hat.

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    cwayconslt

    Friday, October 11, 2013

  • I'm in the process of retrieving my boots and eating my hat. I will be some time.

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    cwayconslt

    Friday, October 11, 2013

  • What a farcical waste of money. So Suffolk Coastal proposes something within the botched spa gardens scheme where the contractor has walked off site and then felixstowe council objects to that proposal. Er HELLO, we pay for all these bodies with our taxes....and all they do is argue with each other and completely mess it up even when gifted £2.1m to spend on regenerating the resort. For goodness sake get rid of the lot of them and have a single, streamlined body for all of Suffolk.

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    paul

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • It's all happening in Felixstowe this week. The last time I went inby that box it stunk of urine... I suspect those pesky drunken troublemakers mentioned in your article last week are to blame using it as a loo between 3am and 5am. The youth of today! Keep the box but move the box, simple. The box they should get rid of completely is the Bandbox!

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    Liam Dodd

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Utterly disappointing news, when me and my parents visited Felixstowe from London some 20 years a go! We would always stop here to make a phone call or two.

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • It's all down to how much the council want to strip Felixstowe of any visual character.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Utterly disappointing news, when me and my parents visited Felixstowe from London some 20 years a go! We would always stop here to make a phone call or two.

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • In years to come young and old in our town may well wonder what the red telephone kiosks looked like I would say they looked red.. With a phone inside!

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Utterly disappointing news, when me and my parents visited Felixstowe from London some 20 years a go! We would always stop here to make a phone call or two.

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

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