Felixstowe: Seafront park takeover debate to be held in private

Leader of Suffolk Coastal council Ray Herring and regional managing director of Bloor Homes East And

Leader of Suffolk Coastal council Ray Herring and regional managing director of Bloor Homes East Andrew Marns look at the plans for the maritime park on the south seafront at Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Community leaders will tonight discuss three confidential reports as they try to decide whether taking over the running of a new seafront park is in a town’s best interests.

The maritime-themed park is being built on Felixstowe’s south seafront as part of a £25million development.

Suffolk Coastal council is due to take over the amenity as part of its deal with its development partners Bloor Homes, but has now offered Felixstowe Town Council the opportunity to run the park.

It is understood the proposal involves cash to maintain the site and for a possible cafe, as well as the management of the park, including deciding any future changes or provision in recreation facilities.

Suffolk Coastal is receiving £200,000 from Bloor to create a fund for future maintenance of the public areas of the development.

It is understood this is the sum which could be given to the town council, which is trying to weigh up whether the money would be enough or whether it may have to raise its council tax in future years.

Andy Smith, chairman of the town council’s south seafront land working party, said: “We have had a preliminary look at some of the issues and will be presenting to council a written report with some limited information on the proposals and how we can work forwards on this matter.”

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Press and public will be excluded tonight as the full council receives a report of the working party’s meeting and two reports presented by technical officer Rosemary Jones.

The council has been critical of the proposals for the maritime park, claiming revisions to the design have left it without a “wow factor”.

The development includes 127 homes, car parking, plus the park aimed at families and including play areas, water features, and picnic areas.