Councillor’s ‘pukefest’ fear over King’s Lynn pub scheme

The Wenns pub in Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn ANL-151208-144414001
The Wenns pub in Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn ANL-151208-144414001

Developers behind the planned regeneration of a prominent Lynn nightspot have been urged not to allow it to become, in one councillor’s words, a “pukefest.”

Proposals to retain the pub at the Wenns Hotel in Saturday Market Place, while turning the upper floors into eight flats, were approved by West Norfolk Council last year.

But, during Thursday’s full council meeting, independent Mike Tilbury called for development of the site to benefit the town as a whole.

He asked about the plans for the site and said he did not want to see the pub become what he termed a “Friday night pukefest.”

However, the council’s deputy leader, Alistair Beales, said he was hopeful of a brighter future for the site.

He said: “It’s very positive the Wenns has changed hands and permissions are being brought forward by people who respect the building.

“I’m optimistic and I hope we can enjoy a pint in there in the not too distant future in pleasant circumstances.”

The building stands within the area covered by the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative, a £2 million scheme to encourage the re-generation of buildings in the Tower Street, St James’ Street and Saturday Market Place areas.

Mr Beales’ report to the meeting revealed that the owners of more than 50 properties in that area had expressed an interest in applying for grants from the scheme.

The initiative is being funded by the borough council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.