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£150,000 project to refurbish two seafront shelters is completed

PUBLISHED: 16:29 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 24 October 2018

Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for economic development and TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, enjoying fish 'n’ chips in one of the refurbished shelters Picture: SCDC

Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for economic development and TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, enjoying fish 'n’ chips in one of the refurbished shelters Picture: SCDC

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The Manwick and Arwela shelters have been restored to their former glory after suffering significant timber decay, vandalism and weather damage over the years, exacerbated by flooding during tidal surges.

One of the refurbished shelters Picture: RACHEL EDGEOne of the refurbished shelters Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said: “These well-loved shelters are situated within a prominent location on Felixstowe’s south seafront and play an important role in supporting the tourism economy within the town.

“They were in a very poor condition, so it was a key priority for us to carry out the work needed to bring them back to their best. They now look fantastic and I hope that they will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

“This refurbishment ties in with our masterplan to continue to develop Felixstowe.

“We believe it is vital that we continue to build on this investment to benefit local people and visitors to the area.”

The project cost £150,000 Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe project cost £150,000 Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The repair work was carried out by the council’s partners, Suffolk Coastal Norse, who brought the project in on budget at £150,000.

It was carefully planned to ensure the historic nature of the shelters were retained and sympathetic to their original character.

The shelters in Sea Road have had rotten wood, glazed screens and panelling replaced as well as new Victorian style benches and new floor tiles throughout.

Repairs have been made to the structural posts and a new protective painting system used. Arwela has also had a new slate roof.

People love the stunning views from shelters Picture: RACHEL EDGEPeople love the stunning views from shelters Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The shelters are loved by people eating picnics, fish and chips, sitting and reading, or sheltering from the sun or rain but still able to enjoy the sea views.

Council chiefs say the shelters add to the resort's economy Picture: RACHEL EDGECouncil chiefs say the shelters add to the resort's economy Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The project was brought in on budget Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe project was brought in on budget Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The shelters date back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe shelters date back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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