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Business Item
Felixstowe Forward Transition
Is a Key Decision:
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Date of Decision
Tue 2 Feb 2021
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Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development
Matter for Decision (to consider...)
That the extension of the current funding agreement for Felixstowe Forward until the end of December 2021 at a cost of £134.8k be approved.
Service Area
Economic Development & Regeneration
Service Area 2
Not Applicable
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Is Decision District Wide
Decision Made
That the extension of the current funding agreement for Felixstowe Forward until the end of December 2021 at a cost of £134.8k be approved.
Reason for Decision
It was recommended that the Council’s funding of Felixstowe Forward be extended until the end of December 2021 to facilitate the transition of its current responsibilities in the areas of business engagement, events management, tourism promotion, community development and health and wellbeing.  This additional nine months will allow the partnership to have achieve all of its objectives and transition ongoing responsibilities to new and existing bodies. As set out in report ES/0661 Felixstowe Forward has been highly successful in achieving its enabling functions across wide areas of economic and community development.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Option 1


Extend the current funding arrangement for Felixstowe Forward until the end of December 2021

 Maintains a Felixstowe place-based initiative whilst ESC reviews its approach to such bodies

 Brings ESC’s funding commitment timescale for Felixstowe Forward in line with Leiston Together 

 Provides support for the BID during its establishment phase

 Provides adequate time to evolve Visit Felixstowe and transition to another host body

 Option 3


 Cease funding Felixstowe Forward at the end of March 2021 as per the current agreement

 Lack of support for establishment phase of the BID

 Lack of support for evolving Visit Felixstowe

 Doesn’t provide adequate time for ESC to undertake for a full district-wide review of its approach to PBIs and implement the new model consistently across the district

 Will remove a wider support structure during the critical period of transition of the Landguard Partnership into a Trust, expected summer 2021.


Discussions between the partner bodies concluded that bringing Felixstowe Forward to a close at the end of March 2021, as originally agreed, would not be beneficial in supporting and completing the key strands of its enabling work and would not allow sufficient time to implement a timely exit strategy.  Instead, it was proposed that there is a transition period between April and December 2021 which will allow Felixstowe Forward to fully complete its enabling objectives as originally set out. This will focus on the following of key areas and ensure that all current areas of activity are effectively transitioned to another organisation, partnership or structure.

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Eastern Felixstowe; Western Felixstowe


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Decision History

Date & Time CreatedUser Full NameStatus DescriptionDetails
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21/01/2021 10:32:52Matt MakinBusiness Item Created 
21/01/2021 10:32:52Matt MakinCommittee AddedCabinet
21/01/2021 10:32:52Matt MakinMeeting Added02/02/2021 6:30PM
21/01/2021 10:33:28Matt MakinWard AddedEastern Felixstowe
21/01/2021 10:33:28Matt MakinWard AddedWestern Felixstowe
21/01/2021 10:33:44 General Details EditedReference Number Generated (ES/0661)
21/01/2021 10:33:44Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Scheduled [1]
21/01/2021 10:35:55Matt MakinReport AddedDocument ID 8890: ES-0661 Felixstowe Forward Transition
28/01/2021 10:47:24Matt MakinStatus ChangedDecision Proposed [2]
03/02/2021 10:13:51Matt MakinGeneral Details Edited 


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