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New events arena for Felixstowe is unveiled

11:59 12 March 2016

A CGI showing how Felixstowe's boating lake area will look after the work this spring

A CGI showing how Felixstowe's boating lake area will look after the work this spring

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Computer-generated images have been produced to show how an eyesore seafront site will be transformed into a new events arena.

A CGI showing how Felixstowe's boating lake area will look after the work this spring.A CGI showing how Felixstowe's boating lake area will look after the work this spring.

The old boating lake in Sea Road, Felixstowe, has stood unused for some years and been the subject of much criticism from residents and community leaders.

Now Suffolk Coastal council has agreed plans to redevelop the site and awarded the contract to Kier Construction Ltd, who will start on the project next month with work due to be completed during the summer.

The scheme will see the boating lake and old go-kart track alongside, which itself was once part of the lake when it was twice the size, to be filled in to create additional car parking for 36 cars.

It will be a mix of grassed open space and hard standing and the area will serve as a multi-use events space that will function as a car park and picnic area when not required for events.

The much-criticised boating lake at FelixstoweThe much-criticised boating lake at Felixstowe

It is anticipated that the events area could attract fairs, markets and exhibitions to support Felixstowe’s economy.

TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, said: “This is a prime location on Felixstowe’s seafront and it’s a shame that the area has been left vacant for this length of time.

“I’m pleased that the works will soon bring this site in line with a number of newly completed projects in Felixstowe and will further help to boost tourism in the town.

“We hope the space will be an attractive and flexible area, suitable for a range of different events and encourage more events to take place on the seafront.”

The boating lake was created in the early part of the 20th Century and enjoyed for many years by families sailing model boats, and later other water-based activities.

6 comments

  • This should look good against the backdrop of the boarded up Hotel & Public house, and derelict care home. Very appealing to visitors!

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    simon1

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • What is TJ Haworth-Cult doing in charge of another project after messing up the garden project with all the Lottery funds being wasted? When will those responsible for that disaster be held to account? This newspaper should demand answers to the mess that went on with the gardens!

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    grumpy voter

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • grumpy voter

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • Is it just me or isn't this simply a carpark with a bit of space around it? Hardly some highbrow development.

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • So we're getting a new car park

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    Seasidemac

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Has anybody considered the environmental impact of this project? The pictures show the sky is going to turn yellow in colour. Surely more acceptable in the county slightly north of us?

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    m s

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

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