Hunstanton library and housing development delayed until next year

  • 24 September 2021
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Hunstanton library and housing development delayed until next year
Library and Bus Station site (pre-security fence)

The development is still going ahead but work won't start until the spring.

A decision has been made to push back the start of the redevelopment because of changes to the Fire Safety Act and pressures in the supply chain, that have caused delays say the County and Borough Councils. Once built, the site that was formerly Westgate Gardens, and in more recent times where the bus station and library were, will accommodate 47 new homes, a new library, and retail units.

WEB Westgate Gardens

The former Westgate Gardens

Cllr Richard Blunt, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said: "Many projects across the country are having difficulty sourcing materials and other supplies, we are not unique in this matter.

"This exciting project is still going ahead but we’ll have to wait a little longer for it to begin. We obviously have to be mindful not to cause issues for the town in the run up to Christmas and throughout the panto season (at The Princess Theatre), so we have made arrangements to push back the demolition works until spring next year. By this time the materials issues will hopefully be eased.

Cllr Andrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council Cabinet member for Finance and County Councillor for Hunstanton, said: "We are looking forward to seeing the new project get underway next year. It will be a modern library that not only helps people with reading and literacy but promotes community activities that reduce social isolation."

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