December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Work on a £2.72million project to renovate the seafront gardens in Felixstowe has been delayed due to an ongoing contractual dispute, it can be revealed today.
Officials at Suffolk Coastal District Council have confirmed the delay after concerns were raised last week from people living in the town and visitors, who said they had not seen workmen on the site for several days.
Councillors say they will work as quickly as possible to resolve the issues that have arisen between the council and the contractor, P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd, so work can get back under way.
A spokesman for the district council said: “Our number one priority is the completion of this important restoration project both on time and on budget.
“All parties are working extremely hard to resolve the contractual issues which have recently delayed progress and we remain confident that a satisfactory outcome will enable work to continue, and be completed, as soon as possible.”
Work on the project started in May and it emerged last month that the district council had instructed its lawyers to act over a number of issues concerning the renovation.
The work was continuing over several areas of the gardens but has since stopped.
Details of the issues have not been made public by either party, but speaking last month, Geoff Holdcroft, cabinet member for leisure and economic development, said: “Contractual issues have arisen which are now subject to legal proceedings and in the hands of the council’s lawyers.”