Huge step in preparing for town's future

PROPOSALS are to be drawn up for the future of one of Felixstowe's largest communities.Over the past 25 years the west of the town has changed dramatically with 1,000 new homes being built - creating the Cavendish Park, Grange Farm and Orwell Green estates to add to the older, 1950s Coronation estate.

PROPOSALS are to be drawn up for the future of one of Felixstowe's largest communities.

Over the past 25 years the west of the town has changed dramatically with 1,000 new homes being built - creating the Cavendish Park, Grange Farm and Orwell Green estates to add to the older, 1950s Coronation estate.

But there has been concern in recent years over a number of problems which need tackling, including pollution and noise from the A14, lack of a community centre, and some anti-social behaviour from bored youngsters.

On Tuesday Suffolk Acre is hosting a meeting at the Salvation Army Hall, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, at 7.30pm to look at the possibility of drawing up a parish plan for the area, and people from the west ward, and the rest of the town, are invited to go along to give their views.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Acre said funding had been received for a pilot project to adapt the parish plan scheme which is usually used in villages to an urban area and Felixstowe West had been chosen.

She said: “The idea is to talk to the community, its residents and representatives, to try and find out its issues, needs and concerns so we can start the process.

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“These plans are usually for small communities and we felt it might be difficult to do a plan for a place as large as Felixstowe.

“It has been decided to focus on the west of the town and the town council is in support of this.

“If it is a success, we may roll out the project to other areas of Felixstowe and in time there could be a whole plan for the resort by amalgamating the area plans.”

Villages which have put together parish plans have looked at a range of issues - from crime to housing, leisure to education - and also the need to preserve an area's character and features. The plans have helped bring communities together.

Campaigner Trevor Lockwood, who has been outspoken on the progress of current plans to regenerate Felixstowe with the masterplan drawn up by consultants David Lock Associates, said he felt parish plans were an excellent idea.

“Felixstowe residents have never been given a proper opportunity to say what they need - even though the government has set procedures in place that allow all local residents to have their say,” he said.

“The masterplan for Felixstowe is important. This is our town. We should be allowed to present our own proposals, and to carefully examine and comment upon the projects.”

Do you live in Felixstowe's west ward? Give us your views - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk