Felixstowe: Community leaders happy to look at leisure use for Spa Pavilion

Running the Spa Pavilion as a theatre is only one of many options for the seaside venue’s future.

Community leaders say they will be happy to look at any potential leisure use for the council-owned building on Felixstowe seafront – and it may get a completely unexpected new lease of life.

Supporters are trying to put together a rescue package to keep the theatre as a live entertainment venue following the launch of the Ipswich Star’s Save Our Spa campaign after Suffolk Coastal announced that it was withdrawing its financial subsidy.

The council has since agreed to keep the theatre open until January – and is talking with the current operators Openwide Coastal to secure a deal.

But Geoff Holdcroft, council cabinet member for leisure and economic development, said the council would not just be working with charitable trusts and similar bodies interested in taking over the Spa Pavilion.

These would have to bid for the building alongside other commercial operators.

It was possible that leisure ideas other than a theatre might be put forward for the future of the building which could attract all-day and all-year-round visitors to Felixstowe.

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“We have got to examine all the possibilities and options for the use of the building,” said Mr Holdcroft.

“At the moment, most of the week it’s not in use and the venue’s space must be maximised.

“We want to keep the Spa Pavilion and we are all going to work hard to make sure that happens. We want the community and others to get behind it and put forward ideas.”

? What other leisure uses would suit the Spa? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk