At The Finance and Governance meeting this week Felixstowe town councillors voted on how to spend £10,000 put aside for three possible projects.
On the table were proposals to spend up to £6000 on one night of drive in cinema, installing temporary toilets at Landguard or spending £2500 on a new Wicker Family.
Out of those three options the only one to get the green light was a commission to artist Tracey Barrett – Brown to create a new version of the popular Wicker Family that have resided in the Spa Gardens since being unveiled at Art on The Prom in 2016. They have been getting a little tatty – and the aim was to remove them by September anyway. But with the new commission the family will be left in the gardens for the winter – with a new set being installed next Spring.
The possibility of a drive in cinema was hotly debated with some councillors unhappy about the heavy cost for a temporary event. But this is still a viable proposition – although not at such a substantial cost to the taxpayer. Summer cinema has come to Felixstowe before and was held at the Events Area next to the leisure centre. But with social distancing restrictions still in place it was felt a drive in facility would be a safer option. However the council decided rather than spend up to £6000 to run their own they would look in to approaching an outside operator with a view to them running a drive in event either at the Grove, Martello Park or Landguard.
There was also a proposal for temporary toilets at Landguard – but these were also voted down due to the councillors deciding they weren’t necessarily needed as more public areas were beginning to open. However there is no date set for the Fort to reopen yet – and with the Viewpoint Cafe restricted to takeawy this seems very shortsighted. I think if any of the councillors had had small children or elderly parents they would have realised this provision may have been sensible and very necessary option!