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Felixstowe: Parking scheme set to boost visitor numbers

14:00 11 February 2013

Councillors hope a new rover ticket will encourage people to stay beside the seaside longer.

Councillors hope a new rover ticket will encourage people to stay beside the seaside longer.

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VISITORS to Felixstowe may be able to take advantage of a car park rover ticket this summer – to encourage them to spend longer enjoying the resort’s attractions.

Town councillors believe paying at each car park deters some from staying while a ticket that enables drivers to use any of the town’s car parks for just one daily fee will persuade people to have a whole day at the seaside.

The council is to ask Suffolk Coastal to bring in a six-month trial between April 1 and September 30 for a rover ticket at £4 per day to use in any of the pay-and-display car parks.

Councillor Kimberley Williams said the aim was to encourage visitors and residents to make more use of Felixstowe’s extensive attractions.

“You could go to the leisure centre for a couple of hours, then drive up to the town centre and browse the shops or have fish and chips, and then take the children for a walk on the seafront or the cliffs, and only pay for one parking ticket,” she said.

“People might be deterred from doing more than one of these activities at present if they have to pay for separate parking every time they stop.”

She hoped it might also encourage beach hut owners to come into the town to shop as well as enjoy the seafront.

Councillors agreed it was an excellent idea. Ms Williams said a six-month trial would enable them to then evaluate its success.

■ Will it work? Give us your views below . . .

5 comments

  • This shows desperate measures for "cesspit" Felixstowe. They will be paying people to come there soon

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    the opinion man

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I totally agree with ‘Paul’, make it really attractive to stay here for the day, make the ticket £2 or £3 and print a voucher on the back (the peel off bit) for something such as free swimming for children, free ice-cream, cup of tea or bag of chips somewhere. As for ‘the opinion man’, we don’t need your negative comments – you have the right to free speak but also the right to choose not to come to Felixstowe in favour of somewhere more in tune with your high standards!!! Its good to see the local council are thinking of ways to improve the day trippers experience, its just sometimes they just don’t hit the mark.

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    Homeofstowe

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Really good idea. If opinion man dosent like Felixstowe I suggest he doesnt visit. I can think of many places much worse than this, some people dont value what they have.

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    October girl

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • What a pathetic comment by The Opinion Man.If you are going to write comments lets have something constructive.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Nice idea but the fee is pitched at least double what it needs to be....

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    paul

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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