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Felixstowe: New town sign project set to be dumped because of apathy

10:00 24 November 2012

Former mayor Doreen Savage fears Felixstowe

Former mayor Doreen Savage fears Felixstowe's proposed sign will never be built.

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LACK of enthusiasm and shortage of funds looks set to put paid to proposals for a new town sign for Felixstowe.

"I just don’t think it will ever happen now and it just keeps going round in circles."

Town councillor Doreen Savage

It had been hoped the sign could become a feature of The Triangle in Hamilton Road, which has been redesigned to create a focal point for the resort with a canopy for events and open-air entertainment.

The design was put together from a range of drawings after schoolchildren were asked to draw a new sign for the town.

Around 70 youngsters from three schools came up with ideas for a sign to incorporate the old clock which used to top the toilet block on The Triangle, before the lavatories were demolished.

Sea, sunshine, sand, ships, seagulls and seaside “shallies” – all the resort’s key elements – were included in the design.

However, some councillors were concerned that in a time of recession spending funds on the project would not find favour with the public.

Now former mayor Doreen Savage, who sits on the town council youth forum which drew up the ideas, fears the sign will not be put up.

“It got a bit ridiculous because no one seemed to want to make a decision and it was just getting pushed backwards and forwards between the council and Felixstowe Futures,” she said.

“I think it is very disappointing after all the wonderful work the young people put into it to come up with such a lovely amalgamation of ideas about our town.

“I just don’t think it will ever happen now and it just keeps going round in circles.”

Some councillors felt the sign would have to be very tall to avoid the attention of vandals, and were unsure whether it could be found a suitable site on The Triangle, or whether the clock could be fitted into the design.

No funds were available – although full costings had not been done.

2 comments

  • Felixstowe has a history of wasting money - There was the hundreds of thousands spent getting confirmation that there was no way of building a marina at Landguard.- There was all the money spent on moving the loos and making them impossible to use for anyone who has a pram or pushchair or walking children or mobility scooters or shopping trolleys..... There was all the money spent wrecking the town centre, making it impossible for anyone to park sensibly....... and put the shops and the lbrary cafe out of business...... Meanwhile the promenade and the sea front are truly dire. It is not a sign the town needs, but a council with no personal wealth and lots of sense. And it would be nice if the council and Felixstowe Futures actually LISTENED to those of us who have lived here for donkeys years!

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    happypam

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • I absolutely agree with the sentiments expressed by happypam. However, I am surprised that those sentiments were not 'monitored out' by the powers that be. Normally, any comment directed against the council's idiocies are screened by the so-called free press. For interest's sake some of the lovely new paving stones were recently dug up outside Lloyds Bank on Hamilton Road and replaced with black tarmac - it is to be assumed that the council did not have a stock of replacement paving stones to enable sympathetic repairs to be made. Yet another example of the council's inability to run a whelk stall.

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    cwayconslt

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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