Port boost for neighbours

RESIDENTS living closest to Britain's biggest container terminal have been thrilled by a £20,000 gift to allow them to carry out a major project.

RESIDENTS living closest to Britain's biggest container terminal have been thrilled by a £20,000 gift to allow them to carry out a major project.

The money was given to the people living at Adastral Close in Felixstowe by port owners Hutchison Ports as a “goodwill gesture” to their neighbours.

It was presented as the 70-home estate held its Fun in the Sun community day - a packed event featuring many different attractions.

Anne Ryan, chairman of the Adastral Close Residents' Association, said the community was “absolutely delighted” with the support from the port.

“It's just brilliant and we thank the port for their help,” she said.

“The money will enable us to carry out a fencing project along the frontage of the estate which we have wanted to do for a long time but have not had the money to do it, plus some new fencing at the back as well.

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“Everyone is really pleased. We have been working on a number of projects over the past few years to improve the estate and provide new facilities, especially for the young people.”

Port corporate affairs manager Paul Davey said the money was a “goodwill gesture” from the port.

“Adastral Close is the closest community the port and we meet the residents on a regular basis to discuss various matters and we thought it would be nice to help if we could,” he said.

Under legal agreements for the redevelopment of Landguard Terminal and the Dock Basin, the port is also providing acoustic fencing and landscaping around the estate to protect it from noise and pollution.

Miss Ryan said the fun day had been a tremendous success and attracted a big crowd.

The money raised would be going towards Breast Cancer Care and a new project at the estate - which was previously RAF housing but is now owned and managed by Orwell Housing Association - to create a BMX area for the youngsters.

“Most people only know about Adastral Close because they pass it on the way to the tip - we are so far away from the rest of the town,” said Miss Ryan.

“Because that makes it difficult for our young people to use the facilities in Felixstowe, we have been trying to provide as much as we can here on the estate.”

Over the past few years, the group has created a community building plus a £26,000 playpark for children in the southern end of the town.

Should Suffolk Coastal council be providing more play facilities for Felixstowe? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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