Felixstowe: Private cash could be used to salvage eyesore boating lake

FELIXSTOWE: The once-popular boating lake in Sea Road which has been in disrepair for a year could be marketed to leisure operators.

The move comes after it emerged the eyesore would be too costly for Suffolk Coastal District Council to repair at what is likely to be over �100,000.

A spokesman for the council said at a time of reducing budgets and maximising value for money it is something they can’t afford but that they would look at ways of renovating the site.

He said: “Because the council recognises the potential of this site, it is considering marketing it so that private leisure operators can take the opportunity to invest in providing new attractions for visitors to and residents of Felixstowe.”

The area has been a source of fun for tourists and residents for decades but when a leak was discovered last year the council could not afford to repair it.

Since then it has become an eyesore in the area.

Stan Harris owns several amusements close by at Ocean Boulevard and believes major improvements would be needed to the area if tourists were to be brought back.

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He said: “If it was put back to a boating lake it wouldn’t bring people back.

“It needs a major tourist attraction so that people will come from 50 or 60 miles away.”

Mr Harris has taken his own measures to attract punters with the introduction of a rollerskating ring, slides and carousels.

He believes if this was rolled across the seafront it would bring the daytrippers to the town.

“I’m sure it will be developed eventually. Maybe there could be a large car park there or something different like a sea life centre.”

The council added it is keen to make the area attractive to tourists especially with summer now closing in.

The spokesman said: “We are committed to helping some long-term improvements take place.”

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