Felixstowe: Tesco to give community a little extra help with new sports hall

CAMPAIGNERS today vowed to keep up their fight against a Tesco superstore – despite the scheme promoters promising to build a new community and sports hall.

More details have been revealed of the proposals for the 30-acre site off Walton High Street, Felixstowe, with the project set to be submitted to planners next month.

The Walton Green Partnership says as well the community and sports hall, the project will include new allotments, a caf�, plus 15 business units and three “live-work” units and the 30,000sq ft Tesco supermarket.

Designers are just perfecting the layout of the traffic entrance into the site.

But the proposed community facilities have not persuaded campaigners to back the proposal.

Mary Wyatt, of the Walton Felixstowe Community First action group, said: “Our view is still firmly that Felixstowe does not need an out of town store and this development will threaten one of our existing supermarkets and have a huge impact on the town centre.

“It is too big – even the council’s own documents say that Felixstowe does not need that much supermarket space.

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“People are very concerned at how this would affect Hamilton Road and adding items like a community/sports facility does not alter our view.”

Tim Collins, a partner in Bidwells, agents for landowners Trinity College, said the caf�, business units, allotments, supermarket and community facilities would create “a vibrant district centre”.

The hall would be suitable for a wide range of community events plus dance and sports such as judo or similar.

The “live-work” units would provide space for people to live above their businesses.

“We have carried out a robust 18-month public consultation over these proposals and have reacted and made changes based on the responses we have had from residents,” he said.

“The development will bring people to Walton High Street and the design aims to ensure there are knock-on benefits for local shops with pedestrian access onto the main street. We have met with the local retailers and half of them are keen on the idea and we think the scheme will be good news for Walton.”

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