£100,000 approved for Quay regeneration

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Up to £100,000 is set to be spent on regenerating an “under-used jewel” of Lynn as part of a West Norfolk Council investment programme.

Proposals to spend the cash on the South Quay are contained within the authority’s capital programme for the next three years, which was approved by its cabinet on Wednesday.

Although few details have so far been released, cabinet papers say the money will 
be used to carry out 
“viability” work on proposals for the area.

Part of the total, £30,000 is to be drawn from funds for the existing waterfront project, while the remainder will be drawn from reserves and a bid to the county’s combined business rates pool.

Deputy leader Alistair Beales said: “It’s an underused jewel of the town.”

He also hopes that any future projects there would have a similar impact to the recent regeneration of the Tuesday and Saturday Market Places.

He said: “The successful delivery of those schemes shows the ambition of this council.”

“It’s those sort of capital improvements that make a big difference to the community.”

The investment is part of a programme for the 2015-16 financial year which officials estimate will cost just under £28 million to deliver. Around £3 million of that has been transferred from the plans for 2014-15.

The largest portion of the total, around £11 million, has been earmarked for the construction stage of the major housing project around Marsh Lane and Lynnsport, although only one planning application has so far been submitted.

A further £6.1 million is included for the continuation of building on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) land, with almost £2.5 million for the ongoing Stories of Lynn project at the town hall, although much of that money has been drawn from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Other projects contained in the programme include the proposed King’s Lynn Innovation Centre off Nar Ouse Way, on which building work began last month, and work to replace three cremators at the Mintlyn Crematorium, which is expected to be completed soon.

There is also a plan to spend £90,000, which would be taken from the authority’s reserves, on what the report describes as “urgent reinstatement works” on part of the roof of the historic Customs House in Lynn.

And more than £160,000 has been set aside for a project to “restore, refurbish and enhance key heritage assets in and around Hunstanton Green and the Esplanade Gardens.”

Officers say the scheme, which is also the subject of a bid for Heritage Lottery support, is designed “to engage people in the history, heritage and horticulture of the area.” The outcome of the application is expected later this month.

The meeting also received a separate report which showed the council spent around £80,000 less during the 2014-15 financial year than had originally been budgeted for.

Council leader Nick Daubney said: “I think we can view it as very satisfactory when you spend less than you intend to spend.”