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Details unveiled of new attraction

PUBLISHED: 12:53 23 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 March 2010

LONG-awaited details of a new seafront tourist attraction for Felixstowe have been unveiled today.

Cavendish Leisure Ltd, operator of the resort's biggest attraction, its weekly Sunday market, has submitted to councillors its proposals for developing part of the market site.

LONG-awaited details of a new seafront tourist attraction for Felixstowe have been unveiled today.

Cavendish Leisure Ltd, operator of the resort's biggest attraction, its weekly Sunday market, has submitted to councillors its proposals for developing part of the market site.

It plans to build 16 kiosks, including ones for food and drink, on the frontage of the market site in Sea Road.

The substantial two-storey red-brick building would also feature a restaurant and café, play area and amusements on its first floor overlooking the sea.

The Sunday market stalls will continue on the remainder of the land between Beach Station Road and Micklegate Road, behind the new development.

The plan has been expected for three years and was part and parcel of the permission granted on appeal for the market to continue on its site.

It will complete development of the seafront between the pier and the Herman de Stern – smartening up the area.

Much work has been done at the funfair to tidy the site frontage, especially with the addition of the Bar Blue, while David Manning's kiosks, pool and arcade centre The Forum has been a great improvement to the area.

Now everyone is awaiting full details of Bloor Homes' scheme for the 17 acres from the end of Sea Road.

Suffolk Coastal's south area development control sub committee will discuss the Cavendish Leisure scheme on May 29 and is recommended to approve it.

Felixstowe town councillors have welcomed the project and say it is in line with the aims of resort regeneration and will enhance the seafront.

Their only concern is how quickly the scheme will be built – and have suggested Suffolk Coastal takes enforcement action to stop market stalls operating on the 12.5-metre wide strip of land where the new building will go.

The High Court has said that stalls should not be on the land, but the district council does not agree that removing them will speed up development.

The West End of Felixstowe Residents' Association has expressed concern that "food and drink kiosks opening late at night will adversely affect the quality of life of families living in the immediate area".

They have asked the council to impose hours which restricts late night-early hours opening to avoid the situation suffered by residents living near the Bodrum Grill at the Ordnance Roundabout, where revellers gather after the clubs close.

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