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Felixstowe: Signs will point the way from the town to the sea

08:44 24 February 2013

Felixstowe seafront.

Felixstowe seafront.

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CHANGES are to be made to street signs around Felixstowe to try to encourage people to visit both the seafront and the town centre.

It is hoped the new signs will help people to make the most of their day out at the seaside – but also help business, too.

County councillor Graham Newman said 11 sites had been put forward following detailed discussions involving town councillors, highways officials and members of the chamber of trade and other business representatives from the community.

He said: “We had a meeting last year and it was clearly felt there is inadequate signage between the seafront and its activities and the town centre shopping area.

“I then had some montages made up by the roads unit at Saxmundham showing where signs could be changed.

“There are 11 sites where changes can be made – its really changing existing signs and adding some new ones.”

The aim is to help both motorists, bringing in improvements where signs were not clear or easy to miss while drivers were focussing on on other issues, and also in key places to help pedestrians, especially those arriving by bus and train.

One aim is to encourage people to walk through the shared space shopping area to the seafront.

Traders have long been campaigning for action to improve links between the seafront and town amid concerns that the steep hills between deter people from exploring both.

6 comments

  • No need for signs - just go down hill - a bit like this sad little town.

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    Tractorboy

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Instead of spending the money on useless signs,it should be used to make the seafront more attractive for residents of Felixstowe and any visitors who might come down.I totally agree with Biggles ,then there is nothing down the front for us let alone visitors.As for the new sea defenses( which were a must i might add) although they serve their purpose,also serves to make the actual beach one of the ugliest in Suffolk.My family have been in Felixstowe since 1959 and i have seen many changes over the years and its very upsetting to see that this once lovely town has gone downhill so much.So come on all of you out there lets put Felixstowe back on the map again and make it into the type of place everyone wants to visit.

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    Matron

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • For generations the visitor to Felixstowe was able to work out where to walk - The above idea is a very good 'sign' why people no longer bother to vote in local elections . Signs pointing people away from the closed former attractions on the sea front to the numerous charity shops and coffee shops. What a shocking waste of time and effort and our money. Felixstowe needs some love not attempted window dressing.

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    Gina Frost

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Why bother, there is nothing there when people get there.Everything is closed and boarded up.

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    biggles the pilot

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • When the holiday makers do get to the seafront I guarantee they wont be bothered to come back. This is another waste of money for goodness sake get rid of these councillors and get a new team in. Surely its time they took a look at the destruction that is being caused by there incompetence.

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    Elise Moreton

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Absolutely ridiculous waste of money and resources. More roadside furniture to confuse and distract the visitors. What these buffoons don't seem to understand is that people don't come to Felixstowe on the off-chance. No-one says "Let's go to Felixstowe and THEN wonder about what to do." They come for the seaside, and MIGHT go into town to do some shopping (if they can avoid the cars hurtling down the precinct). What they will not be doing is driving in to look at the High Street and then wondering where the beach is ...

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    Marc Turner

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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