Big backing for SnOasis

MORE than 80 per cent of those polled by the Evening Star are still supporting the beleaguered SnOasis project.Godfrey Spanner, the man behind the multi-million pound leisure and housing complex, said he was pleased to see that so many wanted the grand vision to become a reality.

MORE than 80 per cent of those polled by the Evening Star are still supporting the beleaguered SnOasis project.

Godfrey Spanner, the man behind the multi-million pound leisure and housing complex, said he was pleased to see that so many wanted the grand vision to become a reality.

Red tape has been delaying progress on the proposed site and Mr Spanner has said he may be forced to reluctantly scrap the winter sports project for good.

But a poll on the Evening Star website has seen more than 630 people take part, with the vast majority were firmly behind SnOasis, which would provide extra jobs and a boost to the Suffolk economy.

SnOasis spokesman Jim Carroll said the result was “great news” for the project and thanked the Evening Star for conducting the “significant” poll.

He said: “Rest assured, we will do everything within our power to deliver this iconic development to Suffolk.

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“Interestingly, the result mirrors our own findings, which clearly show that the overwhelming majority of people who know about SnOasis are in favour of its construction.”

The controversial project, which would be built at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, was given the green light last November subject to a number of conditions.

One of these was that work could not begin until full approval had been granted on all aspects of the development.

The SnOasis team fear this would cause a delay of another two years and cost an extra �18m and have been lobbying the Government to try and resolve the issue.

These efforts have so far been unsuccessful but a change in planning regulations, which could come into force in October, would enable the project to start taking shape as soon as possible.

Mr Spanner is hoping they get the green light - otherwise he could be forced to abandon the plans.

Mr Carroll added: “Let's hope someone in Government sits up and takes notice of the people of Suffolk and helps us to unblock the current situation, which will allow SnOasis to materialise sooner rather than later.”