Lottery boost for Hunstanton gardens programme

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More than £685,000 has been awarded to an ambitious project to revamp the Heritage Gardens in Hunstanton.

West Norfolk Council announced yesterday that its bid for Lottery funding had been successful.

The money will be spent on a range of things to improve the area, including new shelters, a play area and crazy golf.

The news marks an ‘in-principle’ agreement to grant the funding, as long as second round proposals are developed in accordance with the original proposal and that progress is satisfactory. An initial £28,800 of the overall grant will now be released to enable the second round proposal to be developed.

Councillor Alistair Beales, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and industrial assets, said the Lottery fund boost is great news.

He said: “The council worked closely with people in Hunstanton to put together this bid and it’s very gratifying to see that the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund have recognised the vital importance of The Green, the Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade within Hunstanton.

“The main aims of the project will be to celebrate and respect the vision of the seaside park’s original founder, Henry Styleman Le Strange, and to ensure the people have the training and skills to maintain the parks into the future, allowing them to evolve and yet leave a lasting legacy.”

The council, which is contributing a further £7,200 towards the project’s development phase, has to submit its second bid by March 2016, for a decision the following June.