Hotel set for new role

PROPOSALS to demolish part of a clifftop hotel and convert the rest into apartments are set to go ahead, despite protests at the loss of bedspaces for visitors.

PROPOSALS to demolish part of a clifftop hotel and convert the rest into apartments are set to go ahead, despite protests at the loss of bedspaces for visitors.

Muralee Govindasamy, owner of the 19-bedroom Waverley Hotel at Felixstowe, wants to use the Edwardian hotel for 11 flats and knock down a 1960s extension and build a stand-alone block of 12 flats.

The ground floor of the Waverley in Wolsey Gardens would be used for a caf�, providing jobs for seven hotel staff, and a shop.

“The proposal for the retail part of the Waverley Hotel scheme is to provide a caf� serving a range of sandwiches, baguettes, paninis, salads, pastries and drinks such as coffee, tea and so forth,” he said.

“The proposed opening time for the caf� would be 7am to 7pm every day thereby catching the early morning breakfast trade through lunch and afternoon teas.”

He is also planning to build seven affordable homes elsewhere in the town as part of the project, and to refurbish the Edwardian exterior of the hotel.

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Felixstowe Town Council though is urging Suffolk Coastal councillors - recommended to approve the project on May 29 - to reject the scheme.

“We believe the Waverley Hotel, as we have stated before, is vital to the continuing regeneration of Felixstowe as a resort in that it provides much needed hotel accommodation,” said the council.

A proposed Travelodge development had now fallen through, making it more important than ever to keep the Waverley.

However, Mr Govindasamy said despite investing heavily to bring the Waverley up to a high standard over the past seven years, occupancy has continued to fall to the point where it is now financially unviable as a hotel.

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