Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C


Felixstowe: Work on maritime park on south seafront site could start in spring

18:00 07 January 2013

Work taking place on the south seafront site at Felixstowe.

Work taking place on the south seafront site at Felixstowe.


BIDS will be invited this month from specialist contractors interested in building a new £2million maritime park on Felixstowe seafront.


The project is a key element of the £20m Martello Park housing estate being constructed on the 17.5-acre south seafront site.

Good progress is being made with the first phase of the 127 homes which are being built on the land as part of a deal between Suffolk Coastal council and Bloor Homes.

Councillors were previously told the arrangement would include around £2m-worth of public facilities, including the new park, play equipment, kiosks, car parks and lighting, as part of the agreement for the site, which was originally to have been used totally for leisure and tourism but no project was forthcoming.

This month Suffolk Coastal and Bloor will invite tenders for the public works from a list drawn up after an invitation was issued to companies in the autumn.

A council spokesman said: “It is anticipated that tenders will be invited in January and a contract awarded to enable works to commence in early April.”

Also as part of the agreement, Bloor will contribute towards the repair and refurbishment of the Martello Tower, with landscaping around it.

The maritime park will run from Sea Road to Manor Terrace and include play areas, picnic areas, wildlife areas and pedestrian routes. An area has also been designated for a potential beachside café.

Robert Whiting, cabinet member for resources, said: “Our role in this partnership was to ensure the best possible deal from the sale of the land and as part of our wider plans to regenerate Felixstowe, to gain some much-needed leisure attractions for this key part of the resort.

“We have achieved an exciting range of play facilities for children of all ages, whether they are visitors or those living in the proposed homes or other local residents.”



Cannabis found at a house in Powling Road in Ipswich.

An illegal immigrant is facing a jail term after police found nearly 400 plants and seedlings at a cannabis factory set up in an east Ipswich house.

Orwell Bridge

A man has died after falling from the Orwell Bridge.

Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

Ben Gummer and Mark Pendlington at Ipswich rail station.

Campaigners seeking to improve rail services between East Anglia and London have insisted that the new report into infrastructure is good for the region – because it makes little reference to the route.

John Hobson, 65, of Mill Road in Colchester, who died following the crash

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in west Suffolk, has paid tribute to her “one true love”.

Alison Wheeler and Tony Brown.

Suffolk’s libraries are facing budget cuts of more than 20% over the next two years – but their chairman has pledged that no branches will be closed.

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

It was a rather uneventful night for former Ipswich Town player Kieron Dyer in the I’m A Celebrity... jungle last night

The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m pleasure palace

Excitement is building as Ipswich prepares to welcome a string of big-name restaurants as part of the Buttermarket makeover.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service dealing with crane fire on M25. Photo: David Stubbs

Motorists travelling further afield are being urged to avoid the M25 this morning after a lorry fire.

It's been a busy day in Ipswich

All the news from a busy day in Ipswich in video form, including the closure of Marks and Spencer, station revamp and sport.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24