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Have your say on new beach village proposals

Concept image of The Beach Village – Image: Plaice

Local people are being invited to view and comment on proposals for a new ‘beach village’ on Felixstowe’s South Seafront.

East Suffolk Council is looking to improve the beach hut experience in Felixstowe and has launched a public consultation to enable local people to view and comment on proposals for a new ‘beach village’ on the South Seafront.

The proposals include 5 accessible, purpose-built pods, 25 tradition huts and a new public convenience block with Changing Places facilities. the existing trim trial will be moved to the current volleyball site, which will be re-landscaped and made into an activity park. As part of this, the existing equipment will be upgraded and additional facilities installed, including concrete table tennis tables, a petanque piste, accessible picnic benches, chess tables and outdoor space for workouts.

The aim of the project is to create accessible facilities that enables families and groups to enjoy everything the beach and town has to offer by hiring a beach hut for a day, or longer, as well as improving facilities for local people and visitors alike with the addition of new public conveniences and an activity park.

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said: “Like towns across the country, Felixstowe has struggled during the pandemic with more people staying at home and less visitors to the town. However, we’re confident that we have a bright future ahead and we’re committed to increasing the tourism opportunities and facilities in Felixstowe to attract both local people and visitors, supporting economic growth and providing new employment opportunities.

“The South Seafront has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and East Suffolk Council has invested a lot in revitalising the area. We believe it is vital that we continue to build on this investment and create developments that benefits local businesses and people as well as visitors to the area.”

Due to the continuing challenges of Covid-19, the consultation will be taking place online from now until 5pm on 12th March 2021, during which time people can view the proposed plans at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/visitors/beach-huts-and-chalets/felixstowe-beach-village-consultation/

We would like to hear people’s views on the proposals as well as ideas for a name for the new site, which currently has a working title of ‘The Beach Village’.

All comments and suggestions can be emailed to leisure@eastsuffolk.gov.uk