Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Felixstowe: No deadline set over future of Spa Pavilion

14:36 09 January 2013

The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion.

The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion.

Archant

A SEAFRONT theatre could be closed for months to come with no deadline set for agents to sell the building or find a new operator.

Suffolk Coastal failed to bring in a new operator before the Spa Pavilion closed last weekend and now the current management company Openwide Coastal has vacated the venue.

Campaigners had been hoping that a way might have been found to keep the restaurant, which enjoys panoramic sea views, running, which might have allowed occasional use of the stage and auditorium for amateur shows and community events.

They are still hoping to form a community trust to take over the 892-seater theatre but will need to convince owners Suffolk Coastal, who have brought in expert marketing agents Jones Lang LaSalle to sell the property or find fresh operators with ideas for a new attraction, that their business plan could succeed.

A council spokesman said: “No deadline has been set for Jones Lang LaSalle but councillor Geoff Holdcroft (cabinet member for leisure and economic development) will continue to make regular reports back to cabinet and full council on progress, and as soon as there is something to be discussed a full report will be presented to cabinet.

“It is now 13 months since the council first made clear its intentions to find a new long-term future for the Spa as it could no longer afford the £250,000 annual cost of the facility or the potential £8million cost of modernising it.

“Sadly we still have not had one finalised bid that could be formally considered by councillors but we remain hopeful that from Felixstowe and from the national companies that JLL have made aware of the opportunities, we will receive proposals that do map out a viable future for the Spa.”

3 comments

  • 1) Suddenly the refurbishment cost increases from £3million to £8million 2) with this councils track record on speedy development action (see south sea front 25+ years before any work was started). it could be many years before anything is done.

    Report this comment

    A Smith

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • For "no deadline" read "no clue". What a hopeless debacle the whole process has been. The restaurant would be a prime site for an Ask, Prezzos etc but no, SCDc let it slip through their fingers and Prezzos are now going into Hamilton Road. Honestly, you couldn't make it up - what a shower!

    Report this comment

    paul

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Hope it does not end up like the sorry sight of the old North Sea Hotel and the boating lake in prime sites along the sea front!

    Report this comment

    celia alden

    Friday, January 11, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The St Elizabeth Hospice 'Bubble Rush' in Christchurch Park in Ipsiwch.

Hundreds of foamy fundraisers took on a sudsy obstacle course in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park yesterday.

The vintage tractor run arrives at the Vintage and Modern Tractor Fair held at Suffolk Food Hall.

Landy lovers and tractor nuts descended on one of Suffolk’s 
top farm shop venues for a celebration of agricultural vehicles this weekend.

Left to right: Kevin Woods, Just42 youth work manager; Woodbridge county councillor Caroline Page; Milly Wright, Just42 youth work apprentice; Ellie, youth club member; Sarah Smith, Just42 administrator; Ruth Blunt, Just42 childrens work manager; Caroline Rutherford, Just42 charity manager, outside the Woodbridge youth centre in June

A charity dedicated to supporting young people is hoping to set up temporary accommodation next to its soon-to-be demolished home.

Not-so-thin Lizzy who has been reunited with his owner

An overweight monitor lizard who escaped from his home in Kelsale has been reunited with his owner last week.

Drivers reportedly tried to round up a group of emus near Woolpit

Police received an unusual request this morning to help track down the owner of a group of emus causing difficulties for drivers on a road between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

Left to right: Sarah Liming, Pauline Tully, Katia Matless, Sara Ames collect their GCSE results at West Suffolk College

Parents are often bursting with pride on GCSE results day, but in Bury St Edmunds two mums were jumping for joy not just for their sons but also for gaining their very own A and A* grades as well.

Dr Dan Poulter, Suffolk MP

A Suffolk MP has called for the introduction of a new tax to fund the NHS and social care system.

England manager Alf Ramsey and captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy.

It may be 50 years since Sir Alf Ramsey’s England team won the World Cup - and even longer since he led Ipswich to win the First Division title in their debut season - but affection for the man and what he achieved remains undimmed in his adopted county of Suffolk.

Cancellations on rail line between Marks Tey and Sudbury

Trains were cancelled between Marks Tey and Sudbury this afternoon due to fallen tree on the line.

The George Inn, Wickham Market

Community leaders are pushing for the compulsory purchase of a fire damaged Suffolk pub to save it from being torn down.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24