M&S Felixstowe Store To Close – Councillor Decries ‘Ignoring Heartfelt Protests of Local People’!

So M& S is closing – in spite of many valiant protests from the community and local businesses. Not really surprising in this climate with retail being squeezed by business rates and a change of shopping habits re the internet. What was surprising was the reaction by Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member with responsibility for Economic Development. Given … Continue reading M&S Felixstowe Store To Close – Councillor Decries ‘Ignoring Heartfelt Protests of Local People’!

What’s On Stage – The Felixstowe Peninsula – February 2019

It might be cold, dark and wet out there but here is a selection of entertainment this month that might tempt you from your fireside. Sunday 3rd Jazz East at The Alex from 8pm features Laura Jurd (trumpet), with Chris Allard (guitar), Rob Palmer (double bass) and Mark Cecil (drums). On Wednesday 6th at 11.30am Music in Felixstowe present  Flute and Harpsichord at The Orwell Hotel … Continue reading What’s On Stage – The Felixstowe Peninsula – February 2019

Last Chance To Have Your Say On Controversial Local Plan

In spite of many protests and much negative feedback SCDC passed the Draft Local Plan unanimously last week, and now it has been published for submission of representations.  In other words this is your last chance to have your say before the Council submits the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for Examination. The Suffolk … Continue reading Last Chance To Have Your Say On Controversial Local Plan

Nominations For Town Civic Awards Now Open

Do you know someone who works hard for the local community and deserves recognition? Or an organisation within the town that makes a real difference to the lives of those it works with? If you would like to honour a local person or organisation that has made a positive difference and special contribution to our community, Felixstowe Town Council would like to hear from you. … Continue reading Nominations For Town Civic Awards Now Open

Latest Ofsted Report On Felixstowe Academy – ‘More Work Needed’

Felixstowe Academy was placed in special measures in November 2017 in the wake of serious problems with bullying, low GCSE results and severe criticism of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) that was running the school, with MP Dr Therese Coffey calling for a change of management. The school was visited by inspectors in December 2018 and the latest Ofsted report suggests that there is still … Continue reading Latest Ofsted Report On Felixstowe Academy – ‘More Work Needed’

Local Plan Approved by SCDC In Spite of Community Opposition

On Thursday night SCDC’s controversial Local Plan for the Felixstowe peninsula was voted through despite a strong show of opposition from local residents and community action groups. The Local Plan has been two years in the making and identifies land to build 10,476 new houses by 2036, including a 2000 home ‘Garden Village’ in North Felixstowe and a huge container park on Innocence Farm, Kirton. … Continue reading Local Plan Approved by SCDC In Spite of Community Opposition

SCDC Consultation on New Dog Controls – Have Your Say

The thorny question of whether dogs should be kept on leads in certain areas of the town has raised its head again – with the council now asking for the publics views on a range of measures which could be implemented In recent months, the Council has introduced a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These have been largely to replace existing byelaws across … Continue reading SCDC Consultation on New Dog Controls – Have Your Say

What’s on Stage in Felixstowe – December 2018

So – its Panto time – and the reliable Dennis Lowe Company will be at the Spa with their version of Sleeping Beauty – but if panto is not your thing – or even if it is – there’s plenty more entertainment to wet your Xmas whistle throughout December. On Tuesday 11th at 7.30pm Orwell Connection Choir present a  Christmas Concert at Trinity Methodist Church Refreshments … Continue reading What’s on Stage in Felixstowe – December 2018

Changes to Felixstowe Community Hospital Services Revealed

Last night I went to the so called ‘drop in information evening’ at The Orwell Hotel concerning proposed changes to the facilities at Felixstowe Community Hospital. ‘Pathetic’ is probably a kind way of describing the one board at the back with minimal information and the rather self satisfied and totally uninterested collection of people on duty to fend off any questions from the general public. … Continue reading Changes to Felixstowe Community Hospital Services Revealed

Big Changes Proposed for Felixstowe Community Hospital

When Felixstowe lost the Bartlet the local people were promised that the Felixstowe General would be safe. Now there are moves afoot to change the way the hospital is accessed – especially the walk in Minor Injuries Unit. Although there is no talk at the moment of closing the hospital – is this just the thin end of the wedge? And is it right to … Continue reading Big Changes Proposed for Felixstowe Community Hospital