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Felixstowe: Hope for Spa Pavilion as two bids received

14:32 25 February 2013

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Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion.

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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.

5 comments

  • I doubt very much that 'the opinion man' lives in Felixstowe but merely does this to attract attention that he obviously greatly needs!

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    Homeofstowe

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Thinking the owners of big Thearters should buy it and improve it and bring big well known artists. Or turn it into a sealife center or some sort of big attraction that would attract people to our seaside town

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    Antony Perkins

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Bulldoze the cesspit of a place down,turn it into a Waitrose and add some much needed class to this decaying 1980's seaside dump.

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    the opinion man

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I see the opinion man is bringing out his small collection of words again to describe my home town, tedious as ever. Perhaps he should focus his efforts on improving the town rather than moaning about the efforts of others?. I also know a few words, moron and move being amongst my favourites at this time.

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    s d

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I see many pink ones with short snouts and curly tails flying across the sky. As in believe it when I see it happen.

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    A Smith

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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