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Old Felixstowe seafront having major revamp ready for the summer

PUBLISHED: 14:08 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:08 12 March 2019

Steve Green (Felixstowe Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse), Laura Hack (Delivery Manager at Suffolk Coastal District Council) and Carol Poulter (Cabinet Member for Green Environment) at The Dip's refurbished toilets Picture: SUFFOLK COASTAL DISTRICT COUNCIL

Steve Green (Felixstowe Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse), Laura Hack (Delivery Manager at Suffolk Coastal District Council) and Carol Poulter (Cabinet Member for Green Environment) at The Dip's refurbished toilets Picture: SUFFOLK COASTAL DISTRICT COUNCIL

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The first stage of a major project to improve the Old Felixstowe seafront for beach hut users and visitors to the shore has been completed.

The Dip area of Old Felixstowe is having improvements works Picture: PETER WILESThe Dip area of Old Felixstowe is having improvements works Picture: PETER WILES

Suffolk Coastal council is investing around £300,000 this year in a series or projects around The Dip – including refurbishing the toilets, increasing the number of huts, repairing dilapidated sets of steps and providing parking for sailors and jet-skiers.

Work to refurbish The Dip public conveniences in Cliff Road, costing £50,000, was undertaken in a two-phase delivery project.

Phase one was completed ready for the 2018 summer season and included installation of new toilets, urinals, internal partitioning and new sanitary ware. Drainage and electrical supply was also reconfigured to accommodate the noticeable increase in usage of the area.

Phase two started at the end of the summer season and focused on the external areas of the toilet block.

Cement board cladding and external doors were installed as well as a defibrillator that was kindly donated by the Felixstowe Beach Hut and Chalet Association and fitted for free by Suffolk Coastal Norse.

Carol Poulter, cabinet member for the green environment, said: “I am delighted to see for myself the excellent work that our partners, Suffolk Coastal Norse, have done to completely refurbish these public toilets in The Dip at Felixstowe, ahead of the 2019 summer season.

“Over £50,000 has been spent to improve these facilities, as part of the wider investment in Felixstowe and specifically in this area, which is also going to see the development of new beach hut sites and better car parking for watersport enthusiasts.”

Suffolk Coastal, which is the landowner and runs the beach hut and chalet service, successfully received planning permission for new 17 beach hut sites at the The Dip in the boatyard area and a car parking area adjacent to the boatyard. One of the new beach huts would be for the exclusive use of the windsurfing club.

The application included permission to build a new car parking area on the land adjacent to the boatyard, which would have space for about half a dozen vehicles, to allow water sport enthusiasts to unload their equipment and provide easy access to the beach.

Work is currently on-going on both these parts of the project, with the aim of the entire project being completed before the summer season in 2019.

Work costing around £200,000 was also agreed to repair and refurbish 11 flights of steps from the clifftops to the beach in Old Felixstowe.

The project will include some of the steepest and most daunting steps in the area between Brackenbury and Clifflands car park and will cost in the region of £200,000.

Some of them are crumbling, others overgrown or missing handrails.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has set aside the money for the work to the steps from Golf Road to Cliff Road and which are used by residents, visitors and the owners of the 1,000 beach huts in The Dip and Brackenbury area.

Councillor Stuart Lawson, cabinet member for resources, said: “There is concern that some of the older flights have deteriorated and could be hazardous to use.

“The works include replacing handrails, levelling uneven steps and repairing any significant structural damage.”

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