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Opinion poll on Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 05:06 12 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

MOST residents who have so far sent in their views are in favour of the proposed multi-million pound redevelopment project for Felixstowe seafront.

Council chiefs say more than 250 people have so far filled in questionnaires and the majority favour the scheme going ahead for the 17-acre beachside site.

MOST residents who have so far sent in their views are in favour of the proposed multi-million pound redevelopment project for Felixstowe seafront.

Council chiefs say more than 250 people have so far filled in questionnaires and the majority favour the scheme going ahead for the 17-acre beachside site.

Residents who attended a public meeting over the issue were firmly against the proposals – and let councillors know their views in no uncertain terms.

Suffolk Coastal cabinet member David Smith said it was early days in the consultation procedure and it was important as many people as possible gave their views on the scheme proposed by the council and Bloor Homes.

"I thought the public meeting was very constructive, with some of those residents living immediately next to the site airing their concerns about the proposals," said Mr Smith.

"The whole point of the meeting and the consultation exercise is to hear what people want to say and we will do our best to reflect their opinions in the final plans.

"The exhibition with all the proposals has been on show for a few days now. Over 250 feedback forms had been completed before the meeting took place and so far there has been a majority in favour of the development.

"The meeting was always likely to be the opportunity for those with concerns to make them public but I hope that they have gone away better informed because I know I now have a clearer picture of what are the key issues for them.

"I would like to thank those attending the meeting for the way in which

they conducted themselves.

"These are exciting proposals but there are no doubts that while they offer a major boost for Felixstowe as a whole, it is likely to mean the loss of a sea view for some residents.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the exhibition at Felixstowe Leisure Centre to see for themselves what is being offered and hope they also take the chance to fill in the official consultation form."

He stressed that the plans were not the final plans, which are likely to be drawn up in a few months and which would then be subject to the normal and official consultation process that all planning applications have to go through.

Andrew Marns, of Bloor Homes, said: "We were pleased to have been given the opportunity to fully illustrate the concept proposals to the public and more importantly provide them with information based on facts and research rather than hear-say.

"Clearly Suffolk Coastal have much to consider and we look forward to progressing this partnership opportunity further."

The exhibition continues until May 17 and people have until May 22 to return their completed forms.

The scheme to regenerate the south seafront features 175 new homes plus an ampitheatre for outdoor concerts, a timber galleon, children's play areas, new gardens, interactive games, pub, and an art exhibition area on the land next to the prom between Orford Road and Manor Terrace.

Residents criticised the number of homes, were disappointed over the leisure attractions, and angry at the small amount of parking.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk


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