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       Hunstanton residents have their say at drop-in session

       Sophie Hooker
            epresentatives from  West Norfolk
            Council, Norfolk County Council,
       RHemingway Design and The Design
       Partnership were on hand on 7th November at
       the Town Hall to answer burning questions
       and unveil proposed plans for the regenera-
       tion of Hunstanton seafront and the develop-
       ment of residential and commercial builds
       elsewhere in the town.
        It was a chance for residents to talk to
       officials regarding the proposed plans for the
       town and to submit their feedback.
       A number of concepts and designs were on
       display, including:
       • A larger, modern library extending into the
       current bus station
       • A national chain hotel built on Seagate
       •The possibility for a boutique hotel near
       • Retail and commercial units and
       apartments near the library
       • Residential units built on Southend car
                                         Council.”                            On the leisure centre, Matthew told us the
       • The replacement of the bus station- bus   Paul told us that he had been talking to   two options that they are evaluating: “The
       stops were proposed for outside of the   people constantly for the first three hours of   Oasis was built in the 1980s and is nearing the
       Princess Theatre and the Spinney   the event and such was the level of interest   end of its useful life – it is very expensive to
       • Feasibility plans for a marine lake on the   and numbers of visitors more questionnaires   run, with heating bills in particular. There are
       seafront                          had to be printed as they had run out by   two options: close the current leisure centre
       • An improved leisure centre to replace the   lunchtime.             for two years while a new one is built or keep
       Oasis either in its current location or   Matthew Henry, West Norfolk Council’s   it open while another leisure centre is built
       elsewhere                         assistant director of regeneration and property,   somewhere else.”
       • Plans for improving the appearance of the   said: “Obviously, these regeneration plans are   Finally, on the issue of car parking in the
       promenade – such as resurfacing works and   big for Hunstanton, but we’re hoping to   town, Matthew notes that the car parks are at
                                         ensure and elevate prosperity and vibrancy of   full capacity on only 9 days of the year, and it
       new lighting
                                         the town.                          is about “striking a balance”.
       • More cultural events such as small-scale   “Hunstanton’s local economy is seasonally   Feedback from online and from the drop-in
       festivals, pop-up events, outdoor cinema   dependent and is driven by visitors in the   session will be evaluated and planning
       screenings and a pop-up street food market   summer holidays. What we’re hoping to do is   applications will be submitted over the
        Talking to residents at the event, we   to extend the season with a provision of more   coming months.
       discovered that one of the biggest concerns is   year-round activities.”
       building on the existing car parks. To combat
       the issue, the idea of converting the coach car
       park on Seagate into a ‘pay on foot’ car park
       and letting coaches park elsewhere was
       proposed by officials.
        Sarah Hassan,  Assistant Head of the
       Norfolk Library Service said:
       “We are really pleased to be part of the
       regeneration project and to be able to develop
       the Library service in the town. There is far
       more space enabling us to do so much more.
       At a practical level we have surgery space
       perfect for one to one consultations, a learning
       area and an accessible toilet as well as more
       room in the library itself.”
        From the Design Partnership, Paul
       Dunthorne said: “These are our outline plans
       that will be tweaked over the coming weeks
       as we evaluate the response form this and
       other consultations. We’ve already heard that
       people are concerned about access issues
       around disabled parking near the library and
       the need for a drop off zone and we’ll be
       discussing this further with the Borough
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