Felixstowe: Desperate bid to find cash needed to tidy up eyesore

Joseph James of the Felixstowe Futures Team at the old boating lake on the seafront.

Joseph James of the Felixstowe Futures Team at the old boating lake on the seafront. - Credit: Archant

Urgent meetings are taking place to try to find a project to spruce up Felixstowe’s worst seafront eyesore.

Community leaders and the public are dismayed at the state of the derelict boating lake in Sea Road.

The site was abandoned by Suffolk Coastal after it found it would cost £100,000 to repair and bring it back into use as an attraction.

Councillors have since agreed the site can be used as a compound for the contractors when the new Felixstowe pier is built, but in the meantime are struggling to find cash and a suitable project to tidy it up.

Joseph James, programme manager for Felixstowe Futures, said it was important money spent was not wasted on a project which may be scrapped when the pier development starts.

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He said: “The steering group discussed options for filling, demolishing, part demolishing, draining and even adding flower tubs.

“It was agreed that a separate sub group would meet urgently to review the options in detail and investigate funding availability.”

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Felixstowe Futures steering group member, town councillor Andy Smith said: “We came very close to getting a real scheme together but it has got to be viable and unfortunately it fell through.

“We are now thinking long and hard about some basic tidying up but we have to be careful how we spend public money.”

The biggest possibility appears to be planting the lake with tubs to add a splash of colour to the seafront.

Councillor Mike Deacon said the site was “an absolute mess and a disgrace”.

He said: “If this site was in Aldeburgh or Woodbridge it would be fixed by now.”

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