Views on proposed Tesco needed

FELIXSTOWE: Residents in Walton are being asked for their views on proposals for a multi-million pound Tesco superstore on one of the community's remaining fields.

FELIXSTOWE: Residents in Walton are being asked for their views on proposals for a multi-million pound Tesco superstore on one of the community's remaining fields.

The controversial project for the 30-acre site in Walton High Street has already split the community - with some people feeling it will be a big benefit for the seaside town, but with others firmly against.

Members of Felixstowe Labour Party are carrying out a survey to gauge the public's view and say responses are pouring in.

Labour town and district councillor Mike Deacon said: “I am horrified. It is another attack on our greenfield sites.

“This will have an enormous impact on Walton High Street and Trimley High Road.

“Shops will close if this goes ahead.

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“The High Street and High Road are already very, very busy and this proposed store could be 24/7. Local roads will not be able to cope with this development.”

Landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, are preparing to submit plans for a 60,000 sq ft store, plus 250 houses, including sheltered homes for the elderly, a 60-bed hotel, pub, private medical facility, three small shops and three small business units.

There would also be a new road through the site linking High Road and Candlet Road, the Walton by-pass off the A14.

Tesco has said the store will create new jobs for the area, especially the long-term unemployed.

Does Felixstowe need a Tesco superstore? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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