Investment in seafront attractions at Felixstowe is welcomed as expansion granted

Stan Harris, owner of Ocean Boulevard amusements in Felixstowe.

Stan Harris, owner of Ocean Boulevard amusements in Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Seaside attraction owner Stan Harris has been granted permission to expand his Ocean Boulevard site on Felixstowe seafront.

Mr Harris, of Ocean Amusements, owns and runs the rides, children’s activities and Western-themed train in the area alongside the prom in Sea Road. He currently has two kiosks selling refreshments and Suffolk Coastal councillors have now given consent for a third, a new free-standing souvenir kiosk.

Construction work will involve the removal of 15 metres of bushes and a 6m section of dwarf stone wall from along the edge of the promenade to allow customer access. Flood boards will be put in place outside the permitted trading hours – 10am to 10pm daily – and at high tides and during flood warnings.

Case officer Liz Beighton said the kiosk would complement the existing ones and sell beach goods, such as buckets and spades, and enable the site to extend its range of products.

She did not believe the removal of the section of wall – which borders the gardens and is not the flood barrier, which is the wall separating the open areas from the pavement and street in Sea Road – would have a large impact on the area.

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She said: “Although the proposal would involve the removal of a short section of dwarf wall, this loss is not considered to be significant and its replacement with flood boards will protect the kiosk and the area behind in the event of flooding.”

Felixstowe Town Council had recommended approval for the project and welcomed the further investment in the seafront.

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