Suffolk

Felixstowe's seafront gardens will not be ready until 2015

Felixstowe seafront gardens
Image caption Suffolk Coastal District Council is responsible for Felixstowe's seafront gardens

The £2.8m renovation of Felixstowe's seafront gardens has been delayed until 2015 as the search for a replacement contractor continues.

Suffolk Coastal District Council terminated its contract with P Casey (Land Reclamation Ltd) in September following a legal dispute.

The council is advertising for another firm to carry out the work.

Councillor Geoff Holdcroft said: "It was due to be ready at Easter, but we think we've got an extra year's delay."

The cliffs were landscaped a hundred years ago when the town was developed as a seaside resort.

The renovation plans included improved access for wheelchairs, restored shelters and ponds and the recreation of historic planting designs.

'Good-value proposition'

Mr Holdcroft, who has responsibility for leisure, said: "It's very disappointing and frustrating, but you must take care to get the right contractor.

"There is still a substantial amount of work to be done and we are looking for a good-value proposition."

P Casey said it had no comment to make on the legal dispute.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided £2.2m while the council was spending an extra £570,000.

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