Masterplan will regenerate resort

A NEW masterplan is to be drawn up for the future of Felixstowe to identify the multi-million pound projects which could regenerate the resort, it was revealed today.

By Richard Cornwell

A NEW masterplan is to be drawn up for the future of Felixstowe to identify the multi-million pound projects which could regenerate the resort, it was revealed today.

The Felixstowe and Trimleys Peninsula Futures Group has commissioned the report - and is asking the public to play their part in putting forward ideas for schemes to turn the resort back into a bustling seaside and thriving town.

Two years ago £100,000 was spent on a masterplan for the town, which identified the issues it faces, including the need for more housing, businesses and attractions, and also the possibility that without action its population could drop, at least one school close and leisure facilities suffer with young people moving away.


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The same consultants David Lock Associates will produce the new blueprint to shape the future of the town.

It will focus on the seafront area from Cobbold's Point to Landguard Point, and significant parts of the town centre and surrounding areas, and suggest proposals to rejuvenate the town as a seaside resort, enhance the shopping centre and provide improved access between seafront and town centre.

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The futures group is hoping to secure millions of pounds in grant aid from national and European bodies for projects.

Funding for the masterplan has been provided by the Haven Gateway Partnership.

Stephen Bracewell, chairman of the futures group, said: “This masterplan could be the key to unlocking a much brighter future for Felixstowe but we want it to be based on what those who live and work in the town think.

“It is their town and their future, and we want them to come up with the ideas on the best way forward.

“Delivering a new-look Felixstowe will only occur if all the relevant partners work together to make the most of the opportunities now on offer, but the most important partner in this process has to be the local community who need to share and agree the way ahead.”

Work on the Masterplan is now underway and is expected to be completed in the autumn.

A public exhibition will be held during the early part of the summer. A website has also been established to provide up-to-date information on progress with the planning process and the outcomes from it.

WEBLINK: www.felixstowefuture.com

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