Easing of Lockdown Opens more Felixstowe Businesses – But Brings Changes to High Street

When the shared space in Hamilton Rd was first muted there were understandable fears for pedestrian safety – and many argued that it should be shut to vehicles during certain hours of the day.

Well one of the consequences of covid-19 is that this is exactly what has now happened. From Saturday 4th July and for the next month at least, for most of the day the shared space will be pedestrian only  

Barriers are being put in place every day from 10am to 4pm between Boots and Bank Corner in Hamilton Road, the main shared space area. Deliveries to shops without rear access will have to be made before 10am or after 4pm. There will be access for emergency vehicles but NOT Blue badge holders.

Blue badge holders – the only motorists who had been allowed to park in the shared space – can park on Cobbold Road opposite Abbeygate Lighting, next to The Triangle and other locations around the town centre but NOT along Hamilton Rd .

The resort has many small outlets and queuing outside is difficult without impinging on adjoining shops. In the past few months people have queued across the street but this has been dangerous with traffic still using the road. Community leaders say the move will make it safer for shoppers queuing outside stores and give people more confidence that they can visit and maintain social distancing.

Mayor of Felixstowe, Mark Jepson said a number of changes were being planned over the coming months to help people stay safe following guidance on social distancing.

He said closure of the shared space between 10am and 4pm was one of the key measures. It is however a temporary measure which will be reviewed later in July with consumers and local businesses

If you have any concerns or comments on this issue the Council would  welcome your feedback at any time via email to felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or by telephone 01394 444577.

And In Other News…….

Arcades and amusements are now allowed to open – so Mannings and the Pier opened their doors on Saturday.

The arcades have undergone a number of alterations over the lockdown, with the government requiring all businesses that reopen to have installed the correct safety measures to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Charlie Manning, who runs Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe, said he has removed a number of arcade machines at his business to ensure visitors can remain a safe distance apart.

Hand sanitiser will be provided to all visitors upon entry and machines will be staggered apart – with staff cleaning them after every use.

All children’s play areas are now open as are many hairdresser and barbers.

The Palace Cinema is now open but you MUST book before arriving. ALL MOVIES ARE ONLY £5 for Adults or £4 Children/Seniors all the way up to July 30th!

You can book online at www.palacecinemafelixstowe.com or by telephone for bookings of 3+ people sitting together. 01394 671330

Please note Membership discounts will not apply during this period.

Felixstowe Library is opening but on reduced opening times and a very reduced service of order and collection only via their website here:  https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/visit/locations-and-times/felixstowe-library/

. You will NOT be able to use computers or do photocopying or browse books.

A number of pubs and restaurants opened up their doors too on Saturday including The Fludyers, Anatolias Turkish Restaurant , The Blue Nann, The Mariners, The Orwell Hotel and The Steak & Lobster.

Notable exceptions however include Tim Yeo’s businesses. He has decided to keep The Alex and Cafe Bencotto shut for the foreseeable future although the View Point kiosk is now open and it is hoped the View Point Cafe will be open for takeaways soon.

At Felixstowe Ferry Winkles and The FerryBoat Inn are also open. The Bawdsey Ferry is still running a reduced service just at the weekend. NOTE You need to wear facemasks on the Ferry as it is looked upon as public transport

The Harwich Foot ferry is running a daily service but it is best to book ahead

To book a ticket please click here Or call 01728 666329


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