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Have you seen the rickshaw man?

PUBLISHED: 09:23 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 01 August 2018

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ian Lightfoot’s new service is making getting around Felixstowe so easy – and relaxing.

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw. Picture: GREGG BROWNIan Lightfoot on his rickshaw. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ian’s Suffolk Rickshaw Company has become the first business to apply for a rickshaw licence from Suffolk Coastal District Council.

It follows a consultation made by both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney councils into whether towns and villages in the area would be interested in having the vehicles pedalling around the town.

After the consultation, the councils approved the plans – and since then Ian Lightfoot, who runs The Suffolk Rickshaw Company, has been in talks with the councils’ licensing teams sorting out the details and requirements of the new licence.

Now fully licenced, Mr Lightfoot has been taking passengers in an around Felixstowe to enjoy the fine weather and attractions.

L-R: Members of the Salon by Jennifer Louise: Jennifer Pearson, Victoria Burrows and Lea Friend Picture: KATY SANDALLSL-R: Members of the Salon by Jennifer Louise: Jennifer Pearson, Victoria Burrows and Lea Friend Picture: KATY SANDALLS

The process has taken some time to sort out but Mr Lightfoot believes that it has been worth it.

“I am pleased,” said Mr Lightfoot. “It was a necessary requirement to ensure the safety of the public.

“Well done East Suffolk, they have covered everything.”

With summer in full swing, the rickshaw has been out and about at local events, including Felixstowe Carnival, and in the hot weather has been plying its trade along the resort’s promenade.

Ian Lightfoot with his rickshaw Picture: KATY SANDALLSIan Lightfoot with his rickshaw Picture: KATY SANDALLS

Mr Lightfoot’s rickshaw has been supported for a long time by The Salon by Jennifer Louise, which has advertising boards on the rickshaw.

Salon director Jennifer Pearson said: “It is a pleasure. We need to support our local people.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District council said: “We welcome initiatives like this. People with limited mobility can see the sights and the resort, which is booming at the moment.”

Those wishing to go out on the rickshaw during weekends should contact Mr Lightfoot in advance via the Suffolk Rickshaw Company’s Facebook page or by phone on 07857 930086.

Ian Lightfoot on his rickshaw Picture: CLARE PERKINSIan Lightfoot on his rickshaw Picture: CLARE PERKINS

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