Plans to redevelop a part of the seafront in Felixstowe, Suffolk, have passed the first stage of scrutiny by the Coastal Communities Fund – with councillors now being urged to apply for £950,000 in order bring their vision to fruition.
The project’s focus is on a neglected stretch of Sea Road and nearby Martello Park, which Suffolk Coastal District Council hopes to transform into a cool community space complete with its own cafe and attractions. It envisions an extensive facelift for local green space the Sea Road Gardens, turning it into a “series of rooms” or sections, each with its own style and theme. Whilst details are yet to be set in stone, a play area, a dune garden, a picnic area and a zone for pop-up street-food stalls are all being considered as potential zoning options.
Impressed by this vision, the CCF has actively invited town planners to submit paperwork requesting just shy of £1m towards the new project – but coordinators will have to move fast if they’re to make the January deadline.
Welcoming the news of the invitation to apply for the funding deputy leader of Suffolk Coastal council Geoff Holdcroft said that the proposal would serve as “an anchor for regeneration development [and] help to make Felixstowe a more attractive destination, significantly adding o the resort’s visitor economy.”