East Suffolk Council gets the go ahead to bring new multi-million state-of-the-art leisure facility to Felixstowe.
At East Suffolk Council’s Full Cabinet meeting, held on 3 September, it was agreed that a new leisure centre for Felixstowe would get the go ahead to bring a single destination facility to the town, which will service the community and also attract people from further afield.
Cllr Letitia Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said:
“We are delighted that we can now go ahead with our plans to bring state-of-the-art leisure facilities to Felixstowe.
When our leisure centres were first built, they gave our communities a great sense of pride. However, they are now ageing and need updating to today’s and future standards, so that they have the best facilities available and become the destinations of choice for our residents.
Therefore, the Council will now focus on providing Felixstowe with a sustainable state of the art facility that local residents can be proud of and provides a destination focus for tourism opportunities in the town.”
In November 2017, East Suffolk Council (then Suffolk Coastal District Council) published its Felixstowe Leisure Vision document, which showcases the potential for a multi-million pound sports and leisure development, highlighting the opportunity we have to re-vitalise our leisure facilities.
Separately, the District Council has also embarked on a Leisure Redevelopment Programme to redevelop its leisure centres. Deben Leisure Centre and Leiston Leisure Centre has already been completed and work will start at Bungay Leisure Centre this month.
The existing Felixstowe Leisure Centre was built in 1985 and Brackenbury Leisure Centre, also in Felixstowe, operated by the Council from the 1990s. Both facilities would need a significant amount of money spent on them to maintain their current offer.
An initial consultation was undertaken with a number of key stakeholders. It investigated where the best place to site a new leisure centre would be, including the existing Felixstowe Leisure Centre site, the Brackenbury site and also new sites in the northern area of the town.