COMMUNITY leaders are today looking at a number of options for the future of the area around Felixstowe’s seafront leisure centre.

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The area is set to be developed with new attractions and facilities as part of the multi-million pound project to build a new pier.

A variety of ideas have already been suggested, including an open-air events arena in front of the leisure centre in Undercliff Road West, and extra car parking, cycle route and gardens behind it in Sea Road.

Joseph James, programme manager for Felixstowe Futures, said: “A number of options for each parcel of land around the boating lake and pier are now being considered.

“The next stage will include setting up meetings with stakeholders to seek their input and views on what could happen in the area.

“In the short term, funding opportunities will be explored for temporary solutions to work along side the pier development. Felixstowe Futures will lead on both the short-term solutions and the longer over-arching strategy for the area.”

Initially some of the derelict boating lake area will be used as the construction compound for the pier.

It is hoped some work will begin on the pier this year – with demolition of the section stretching out over the sea.

Meanwhile, Felixstowe Futures is helping the pier owners to co-ordinate the approval needed for works required for coast protection, including alterations to the prom and alterations affecting the sea walls. Work is progressing satisfactorily.

The prom will need to be raised to the height of the sea wall at the pier to provide a level access for people with disabilities. There will also be a pathway leading over the top toprovide access all year round.

The new pier will be a two-storey seaside entertainment complex, featuring a function suite seating 325 people, cafes, restaurants, bowling facility, leisure attractions and a high-tech observation deck to watch the shipping.

3 comments

  • They should bulldoze it like spa pavillion

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    the opinion man

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Good luck to the pier owners, nice to see people investing in the town despite the ridiculously negative attitude of some people (see below!!). It's always so easy to be a cynic; so much harder to have a vision for the future and back that up with your own money....

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    paul

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Once again I see myself agreeing with ‘Paul’. Its fantastic that someone is digging deep in their own pockets to try to bring more tourists to the town and to serve the local community. The Pier has for a long time been sat waiting for something to happen, waiting for the right time to be made good and dragged in to the current times. Well done you, I say. As for ‘the opinion man’, you’re clearly not someone that lives in Felixstowe or has any compassion for the local landmarks some of us have grown up with. I’m sure your town is perfect and lovely, and that is why you should stay there, then you wont have to come to our town or criticise every possible positive that is reported about our town.

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    Homeofstowe

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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