Felixstowe Beach Hut Village project postponed to September
10:03 am January 6, 2022
A new £ 1million beach hut village to be built on Felixstowe seafront will not open until the summer following the delay in construction.
East Suffolk Council’s plans for 27 traditional huts and play and exercise facilities, to be built adjacent to the promenade on the southern seafront, were given the green light last October.
The local authority had hoped to start construction within the next few weeks so that the huts could be ready and opened in time for the peak summer season.
But, with other permissions required before it can continue, the project has been postponed – meaning construction is now expected to begin in September.
The decision came after discussions with businesses, residents and other stakeholders about the likely disruption construction will cause and the impact on this year’s summer season.
Craig Rivett, Deputy Head of East Suffolk Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: ‘Tourism is extremely important to East Suffolk and when completed this new seaside village will attract visitors from all over the world. country, increasing downtown traffic, strengthening the local economy and improving the lives of local residents.
“However, we have to get the timing right and there would be no advantage in starting a program that is ready off season.
“The southern seafront has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and East Suffolk Council has made significant investments in revitalizing the area.
“We believe it is vital to continue to build on this investment and create developments that benefit local businesses and individuals as well as visitors to the region.