Felixstowe: New car parks ease on-street congestion on seafront

Robert Whiting, Ray Herring, Tim Buff  Neil Perkins and Louise Trail amongst some of the new facilities that have been put in place on Felixstowe Sea front South as part of the Martello Park development. Robert Whiting, Ray Herring, Tim Buff Neil Perkins and Louise Trail amongst some of the new facilities that have been put in place on Felixstowe Sea front South as part of the Martello Park development.

Monday, March 3, 2014
1:48 PM

Seafront parking problems at one of Suffolk’s busiest resorts have been eased thanks to the opening of two new car parks.

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The pay-and-display facilities are part of the community benefits from the £25million Martello Park housing development on Felixstowe’s 17-acre south seafront site.

Developers Bloor Homes paid for the construction of the areas, which will provide 261 off-street parking places.

The area suffers severe congestion at weekends when visitors flock to the resort – though critics say the land could take more cars when it was an informal car park.

Bloor is also creating a new park area with picnic and wildlife areas, and play facilities for families.

The car parks will be owned and run by Suffolk Coastal, with all funds going towards keeping local taxes down.

Council leader Ray Herring said: “It is good to see that the Martello Park development is now reaching the stage where the public will start to see the benefits of this project.

“People can now also see the public spaces, including play equipment, being prepared, while work will be carried out to refurbish the Martello Tower to make it more attractive to visitors.

“Importantly for the area, the project will also be delivering much-needed affordable homes for Felixstowe.”

As part of the agreement with the council, Bloor Homes is paying for the repair and refurbishment of the Martello Tower.

There will also be more than 250 car parking spaces provided for the new homes, and the developers will be providing pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre and pier.

In all, 127 new homes will be created – 97 three-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom flats – which will include 13 designated as affordable housing.

Mr Herring said: “I’m proud of what we have achieved here. Bloor Homes have been a good partner, who have stuck with this project through the recession and have delivered a quality housing development.

“I am confident that the project will deliver the benefits we anticipated. It has creating much-needed new housing in Felixstowe, bringing in funding to protect the Martello Tower, providing extra car parking and there will be new leisure facilities, which will attract more people down to that area.

“Before this, this area had been looking rather sad and run down for a number of years. This should revitalise that end of the sea front. It is part of a package of positive projects we are working on to lift Felixstowe.”

15 comments

  • the reason is that the illegal parking in the Felixtowe area is so bad is that the council do not employ any enforcement officers.I used to do this job in Harrogate and the parking there was controlled.and enforced.It also brought the council revenue.

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    les

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Parking within these pay and display car parks will be enforced, as it is in the other car parks around our town. Yet when the parking restriction is imposed for supposed safety or access reasons there is little or no enforcement. The Local SNT has had parking within Hamilton road as a priority for months and yet can not put enough resources in the make a difference and will NOT use the CCTV which covers the whole road. Why is safety and access less important then revenue from pay and display.

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    A Smith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • @Ies The revenue gained from parking would not justify the expenditure of enforcement in Felixstowe.If you were to begin a serious campaign of parking enforcement here that the local residents and disabled would be the hardest hit complaints and appeals would be placed it would then become political enforcement would be toned down & you would be back where you started.Better for the local council to chip in for a PCSO to maintain the flow of the traffic.As for car parks there are safe places to park without using them which are not in contravention of any laws ie single yellow lines outside of enforcement times as long as you park sensibly & not obstruct. If you want danger to the public then you only need to look at that ridiculous shared parking scheme in the town centre.Stop all traffic down that make the zebra crossings proper zebra crossings then people have to use the car parks.Good old Tories let the people have a choice if they want to run someone over or be ran over so they can blame the victims not the fools who scrimmed on the traffic orders in the first place.

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    JC

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • the reason is that the illegal parking in the Felixtowe area is so bad is that the council do not employ any enforcement officers.I used to do this job in Harrogate and the parking there was controlled.and enforced.It also brought the council revenue.

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    les

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • As someone who lives in the area affected, I still find it hard to understand how the removal of some 500-odd free parking spaces and replacing them with 150 pay-and-display spaces can be in any way described as an improvement. I suppose we'll have accept that we can never drive anywhere on a summer weekend and hope to get within half a mile of our house upon return.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Not aware there has ever been a parking issue at Felixstowe's apart from a reluctance to use pay and display facilities.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • These new car parks will not ease on-street congestion on seafront, they are pay and display and so will remain empty expect on the busiest of summer days. People will continue to park in the FREE on street parking along the front and in the side streets first thus the congestion will continue. People will also continue to park illegally on corners and yellow lines until something is done to enforce parking regulations. So noting will change and these NEW facilities will remain little used and provide no benefit for the town.

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    A Smith

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Keeping the prices to park top secret???

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • @ASmith clearly you need to research your subject.To the best of my knowledge CCTV in Felixstowe is not monitored all day. Plus there is a certain magnification that has to be achieved for a successful prosecution. Also the information is sent to DVLA not the Police. Not as "simples" as it seems,

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    JC

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • @ASmith.I fear the CCTV is not compatable .You need Automatic Number Plate Recognition to do this properly and the government have a campaign to reduce these.

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    JC

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • The "parking problems" are as said previously, the unwillingness of people to pay in pay and displays, much preferring to clog up side roads, ignore yellow lines and park on corners. Absolutely no policing means people do what they like with the resultant danger to pedestrians and other road users, not to mention residents. But its the same selfish and ignorant mentality that also dumps finished chip wrappers and soiled nappies in the road and gardens!

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    Weary Traveller

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • @Ies The revenue gained from parking would not justify the expenditure of enforcement in Felixstowe.If you were to begin a serious campaign of parking enforcement here that the local residents and disabled would be the hardest hit complaints and appeals would be placed it would then become political enforcement would be toned down & you would be back where you started.Better for the local council to chip in for a PCSO to maintain the flow of the traffic.As for car parks there are safe places to park without using them which are not in contravention of any laws ie single yellow lines outside of enforcement times as long as you park sensibly & not obstruct. If you want danger to the public then you only need to look at that ridiculous shared parking scheme in the town centre.Stop all traffic down that make the zebra crossings proper zebra crossings then people have to use the car parks.Good old Tories let the people have a choice if they want to run someone over or be ran over so they can blame the victims not the fools who scrimmed on the traffic orders in the first place.

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    JC

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Free to park from 6pm. Shouldnt take long before it becomes a meeting spot for young lads in cars.

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    Ashley Barrett

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • First that is central government and SCDC and Suffolk police can do what they like. I know its unpopular as people use terms like a ‘tax on the motorist’ but just like speeding it is easy to stop paying the tax obey the law. Secondly low tech but the CCTV is monitored by people all day and so they just capture the pictures and send it to the police to find the owner and enforce simples. Finally enforcement would generate revenue as people would actually use the pay and display car parks.

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    A Smith

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • “Before this, this area had been looking rather sad and run down for a number of years" says Council leader....this wouldn't be because of the 20+ years ineptitude of the very same Council in kicking all the beach huts and anything else of this land (and losing all that annual revenue) whilst they squandered taxpayers money trying to get a Developer on board? And whilst we're about it, I see the new car parks have height barriers to deter "undesirables". This hopefully means they will also be re-instated on existing car parks for the same reason? They were removed years ago on the pretext of allowing cleaning vehicles in, but as said cleaning vehicle these days consists (occasionally) of a man with a barrow, that shouldn't now be an issue.

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    Disbeliever

    Monday, March 3, 2014

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