Bus stop gets new look

TRAVELLERS who use a Felixstowe bus stop have been captured in pictures as part of an art project to see how the community thinks and feels about the future of the resort.

TRAVELLERS who use a Felixstowe bus stop have been captured in pictures as part of an art project to see how the community thinks and feels about the future of the resort.

The bus stop outside the cinema in Crescent Road features a montage of portraits of the stop's users and images of the resort, along with ideas for future projects to improve the town.

The project was the brainchild of Felixstowe-based photographer James Fletcher, who worked with members of the Level 2 youth group, with support and funding from Suffolk Coastal ARTS.

Teenage brothers Alex and Harry Stewart took the photos with help and technical advice from Mr Fletcher.

“They were really enthusiastic and really chuffed with what they have achieved in producing a piece of public art,” said Mr Fletcher.

“It has been attracting a lot of interest with people enjoying the photos but also really making people think about the town and what they want to see here in the future.”

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People were asked about their hopes and dreams for the regeneration of Felixstowe - the projects they believed were the most important for the town.

The list - posted at the bus stop - included a new Southwold-style pier, a traffic-free town centre, skatepark, improved footpaths and cleaner toilets.

“This was not a political exercise but to see what the public's wish-list would be - some of the items such as the skatepark are already being planned while others, such as a ferry from Felixstowe to Calais, were less practical but interesting nonetheless,” said Mr Fletcher.

Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Doreen Savage was delighted with the art project.

“The Bus Stop Portraits project has been an excellent way to get young people out of their comfort zone and into the community,” she said.

“The standard of work has been very high. Alex and Harry, who are members of Suffolk Coastal Teen Voices as well as being part of the Level 2 youth group, particularly excelled.”

Do you like the bus stop art project? What do you think is needed to regenerate Felixstowe? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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