New park toilets and shower block agreed for Felixstowe seafront

Youngsters from Langer Primary School test driving the new play equipment at Martello Park, Felixsto

Youngsters from Langer Primary School test driving the new play equipment at Martello Park, Felixstowe. Left to right, Dennis Clifford and Callum Stevenson. - Credit: Archant

Much-needed new toilets are to be built to serve a popular stretch of seafront where a new park has been built.

The block of lavatories will be constructed in the new car park in Manor Terrace, Felixstowe, to replace temporary ones put in when the £2.3million Martello Park opened last summer.

The project, to be built by Suffolk Coastal District Council, will feature four cubicles, plus a disabled toilet, a changing cubicle for people wanting to change before going on the beach or in the sea, and an external shower area.

Planning case officer Liz Beighton said: “The proposed development will offer a valuable community offer which would sit comfortably with the wider tourism offer at Martello Park.

“The proposed facility has been sensitively located so that it is both accessible but also screened from wider views and introduces no concerns regarding amenity.”

Only one objection was received to the project from a resident who felt the block was too large, of poor design, and that it would be prone to vandalism.

Felixstowe Town Council recommended approval for the project.

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The new park features a range of play equipment for youngsters, a Trim Trail for young people, a cycle way, and picnic areas, and two refreshment kiosks next to the car park.

A number of beach huts still line the prom on the other side of the sea wall, and the owners have been upset at the long walk to toilets since the block which served the area for many years was demolished as part of the development of the Martello Park.