Hunstanton pier row goes to tribunal

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A long running campaign to see a pier reinstated at Hunstanton led to a tribunal at Lynn County Court this week.

John Maiden, a Hunstanton town councillor, instigated the tribunal to challenge a ruling made by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The office had upheld West Norfolk Council’s decision to not disclose some information relating to a 2009 agreement with Hunstanton Pier Company.

Mr Maiden spent two hours addressing the tribunal panel, comprising three members including David Farrer QC, on Wednesday.

Afterwards, Mr Maiden told the Lynn News: “I argued that the deal struck with the pier company was not in the public interest because in addition to releasing the pier company from a repairing covenant, an attempt was made to remove a clause in the pier lease which states that land on The Green currently occupied by an entertainment centre may only be used for a pier.”

Hunstanton pier was destroyed in a storm in 1978. After the associated entertainment centre was destroyed by fire in 2002, planning permission was granted for the existing replacement.

Mr Maiden has challenged and questioned that decision extensively. In 2008, West Norfolk Council drew up an agreement intended to draw a line under the challenges and prevent further officer time being spent on it.