Clearance work starts on seafront

MORE site clearance work is taking place on a 17-acre site at Felixstowe to get it ready for a �25 million-plus development.

MORE site clearance work is taking place on a 17-acre site at Felixstowe to get it ready for a �25 million-plus development.

The south seafront regeneration project is temporarily on hold because of the recession.

No work is likely to start before 2010 and a meeting will take place between the development partners - Suffolk Coastal council and Bloor - later this year to consider the situation.

In the past few weeks, a detached house on the edge of the land in Orford Road has been bulldozed, and now two more properties on the fringe of the Martello Park site are being knocked down.


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The properties currently being demolished are a detached house and a bungalow in Langer Road, both of which were bought from the previous owners because they stood on the site bounded by Orford Road, Langer Road, Manor Terrace and the prom.

Once they are down, the land will at last be cleared and ready for redevelopment as soon as the economy allows.

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The Wireless Green area of the site is being used as temporary car parking in the meantime.

Bloor is set to build �1.8 million maritime park, including a variety of new play equipment for all ages, with water play jets, picnic areas and seats, cycle paths, gardens and a small stage and seating area for musical and theatrical events.

There will also be 59 beach huts, kiosks, landscaping, public car parks and a new toilet block.

Sale of 158 houses will also generate further funds which will be used to refurbish the Napoleonic Martello Tower and kick-start plans to use it for an arts, heritage or education project.

Is it the best use for the site? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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