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Felixstowe: Worst place to live jibe is described as balderdash

11:00 18 July 2013

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Community leaders have hit back after their town had the dubious honour of being considered one of the worst places to live in Britain.


Felixstowe has been listed among 100 places competing for the Crap Town 2013 title.

Andrew Rowdon, chairman of Felixstowe Chamber of Trade, said the town was a lovely place to live and pointed to others who also believe in its future, and the £100million investment programme taking place.

He said: “I think the people who have said this are dreaming – it’s balderdash.

“How can you take seriously a list that includes the likes of Stratford upon Avon and Bury St Edmunds? We have got lots of positives here and the town is getting better all the time. I am proud to live in Felixstowe.

“Why are people investing so much in Felixstowe at the moment if it’s so bad?”

Three superstore applications had been submitted, the sea defences refurbished, renovation of the gardens is taking place, new health centre, plans in place for a new pier, and work taking place on a new seafront park.

Roy Gray, of the Felixstowe Beach Hut and Chalet Association, said: “It’s a lovely place to live. We do have investment taking place and hopefully this will make the town more attractive to visitors.”

Former councillor Nick White said: “I doubt that it will stop people coming, and those of us who live here will continue to love the place. I absolutely love it, and short of a change in circumstances, I can’t see me leaving.”

A spokesman for Crap Town 2013 l said: “We are now in the process of whittling it down to the 50 that will be included in Crap Towns Returns when it’s published in October.”

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  • £100illion investment? A plethora of Superstores does not a town make! Walk down Hamilton Road, just another typical High Street, or as we locals call it Assisted Suicide Way! Coffee shops, eateries, estate agents banks and building societies with many long standing businesses closed or closing down and empty premises in abundance, a disgrace! And as Paul writes Suffolk District Council and the Town Council have made many appalling decisions in the four years I've lived here and they need no lessons in how to squander money and their acceptance of so many carbuncles that are at present under construction along the South Beach area. It seems these days that if there is fifty feet of land somewhere it gets built on. SDC and the Town Council, how about protecting what we have instead of putting things where nobody wants them, for instance the Skatepark which has become from almost its grand opening a blot on the landscape with the vandalism and rubbish dumped there daily. The kids didn't want it there in the first place and the residents certainly didn't! I could go on but I feel my blood pressure rising, though I would say that there are worse places to live and I don't believe Felixstowe deserves a rating on this list.

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    Diesel Cummins

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  • No comment from anyone at Suffolk coastal DC then? Not surprising as their appalling custodionship is properly reflected by the town's inclusion in the list.

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