Felixstowe: Resort facing another season of neglected seafront
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A TOWN’S mayor has today again hit out at the “disgraceful state” of an abandoned prominent site – and fears the resort is facing another summer giving a bad impression to visitors.
Mike Deacon – who will hand over his chain of office at the town council annual meeting tonight – is also upset at the incidents of petty vandalism which are peppering the seafront and have not been repaired.
Vandals have smashed the plastic clear panels in at least three of the notice boards on the prom, some have been daubed with paint, and a number of the enamel art discs which mark the resort’s coastal path have been prised off walls and stolen.
Mr Deacon said: “It makes me very sad and I will be bringing the vandalism up with Suffolk Coastal and finding out what is happening.
“It was a beautiful weekend and the prom and seafront was absolutely packed with people and this sort of damage just gives people a bad impression of our town.”
He is particularly distressed at the state of the closed and crumbling boating lake and the lack of action over the past 12 months.
He said: “I complained about this area a year ago and nothing has happened to improve it and now we are looking at another summer season to look at that eyesore. I think it’s disgraceful.
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“I don’t know if anything is going to happen there – I will believe it when I see it. It is very frustrating.”
A Suffolk Coastal spokesman said: “We have been made aware of the vandalism and are assessing the damage.”
He said the cabinet member for leisure and economic development Geoff Holdcroft was meeting with officers to discuss the boating lake.
The area in Sea Road is set to be redeveloped once the new Felixstowe pier is built and several options are being considered.