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Survey on seafront development

PUBLISHED: 11:33 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

CONSULTANTS have been appointed to carry out a ground level survey on a 17-acre seafront development site to assess its risk from flooding.

It is hoped to build a multi-million pound maritime tourist attraction on the land at Felixstowe and councillors are set to meet this month to decide on a partner for the project.

CONSULTANTS have been appointed to carry out a ground level survey on a 17-acre seafront development site to assess its risk from flooding.

It is hoped to build a multi-million pound maritime tourist attraction on the land at Felixstowe and councillors are set to meet this month to decide on a partner for the project.

There has been concern that the low-lying area could be subject to flooding in future with scientists warning of global warming increasing sea levels.

Residents in Manor Terrace, opposite the land, claim that spray from the sea often overtops the sea wall alongside the prom in winter and there has been some flooding in the past.

Suffolk Coastal council has made it clear that it is the chosen developer's duty to make sure the area has adequate sea defences and pays for the maintenance of them.

Both the companies bidding to take on the tourist attraction project have been told this and have been in contact with the Environment Agency.

The council is keen to have some information itself about the risk and has commissioned WS Atkins Consultants Ltd to undertake a ground contour survey of the south seafront between Orford Road and Manor End.

The sub committee dealing with the development said it would be "helpful to have further, current, detailed and definitive information relating to the land levels" for future reference.

Councillors are due to meet on November 28 to make a final decision on the preferred bidder, having delayed the decision to seek further information from the two companies in order to decide which scheme is the best value for money deal for the public.

David Smith, chairman of the Felixstowe south seafront land sub committee said both proposals have "strong merits" but the council did not want to rush into a decision.

"This is a multi-million pound development which could be a major addition to Felixstowe and the district, and we need to get it right," he said.

"I look forward to when we can proceed to the next stage, which will be to take these proposals out to the public for their views on what is being suggested. Any plans for the site will include consultation with local residents, and I am sure they will be very interested in what is being put forward."

The aim is for a leisure development with a maritime theme, ideally including a themed feature trail, play equipment, pedestrian and cycleways, toilets, landscaping, car parking, and an outdoor events arena.

This project is set to be self-financing, but to make it financially attractive for private developers it has been agreed that there can be some homes built on the site.

Residents are keen to work with the council but say they will oppose any proposals to demolish the Herman de Stern building, or to include a jet ski launchpad.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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