Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°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.

shares

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.”

shares

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 Orwell Bridge.

Police were called to the Orwell Bridge after concerns were raised over a man’s welfare on Friday afternoon.

A body has been found in a flat in The Street in Bramford.

A man found dead in his flat after failing to turn up for work has been named locally.

Medieval Mayhem at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Nigel Wallace-Iles

From medieval mayhem and country shows to classic vehicles and hip hop, there’s lots to enjoy this long weekend. F

There were 7,365 admissions to Suffolks two main hospitals in 2014/15 where obesity was the main reason for a person being admitted or was a secondary factor. Photo: PA.

Obesity levels are worse in Suffolk than every London borough, a new report revealing the growing challenges facing the county’s health chiefs has shown.

Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp visit Ipswich Town Football Club meet with the squad ahead of the pair's fundraising trek to Kathmandu in a few week's time, which will raise funds for charity in memory of Henry's sister Annie Hughes.

Two fundraisers from Suffolk have met with the Ipswich Town squad – after a chance encounter with a good friend of club boss Mick McCarthy.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at The George, Wickham Market, in 2013

Fresh calls for answers as to the future of a medieval Suffolk pub have been issued after more than 200 people turned out to a public meeting on the matter last week.

USAF fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath taken from a C130 Hercules

Almost £250,000 has been paid out in compensation for damage, injuries and loss of livestock caused by low flying military aircraft in East Anglia over the past five years, figures show.

Pupils and Students outside Bealings Primary School where they are planning to boycott classes next Tuesday as a protest against SATS.

A group of parents from Suffolk are planning to take their children out of school for the day in a show of protest against SATs exams.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Dr Krissie Wilson, a UCS on Ipswich Waterfront

Why do people believe in so many weird things?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24