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New look Hunstanton Spinney celebrates history

Hunstanton Spinney official launch. From left, Elizabeth Watson, West Norfolk mayor, with Round Table members Kevin Waddison, Andrew Searle, Edward Napolitano, Gary Waddison, Paul Searle, Ray Stocker and Joanna Symonds MLNF14PB02009

Hunstanton Spinney official launch. From left, Elizabeth Watson, West Norfolk mayor, with Round Table members Kevin Waddison, Andrew Searle, Edward Napolitano, Gary Waddison, Paul Searle, Ray Stocker and Joanna Symonds MLNF14PB02009

An area of Hunstanton that has undergone a £347,000 overhaul has been unveiled - though it is not yet clear if it can be used as intended.

The Spinney, at Westgate, now incorporates an area intended to be used for live entertainment and events and curving feature wall with photograph tiles of bygone Hunstanton.

Police have objected to the plan to hold events in the area because it is too close to traffic, as previously reported in the Lynn News. A licensing meeting will discuss it on Monday.

Alistair Beales, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The scheme is a big improvement and now there is a clear pedestrian link into High Street.”

He believes the performance area will help to encourage more people into the town.

Work on The Spinney has been ongoing since September last year. A feature balustrade is fitted to the top of the curved wall. New street furniture, planters, trees and lighting have been installed and High Street has been resurfaced, with pedestrian crossing points.

The tiled wall has been developed using 25 photographs submitted by the public.

Elizabeth Watson, chairman of the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team, said: “These tiles tell the story of Hunstanton and in particular give an indication of what they town was like during its Victorian heyday.”

The wall also features carved dedications to the late Richard Searle, for his services to the Round Table and Henry Le Strange and his son Hamon.

John Maiden, Hunstanton town councillor and Lynn news correspondent, said the regeneration of the area has been broadly welcomed, but there were a couple of teething problems,

He said: “Kevan Fleming, a keen supporter of the project, is very concerned that his customers are being adversely affected by the close proximity of heavy vehicles, including refuse lorries, which are using the narrow gap between his Cafe Legge and the new performance area when making their exit from St Edmund’s Terrace.

“He suggests the addition of just one bollard would be enough to resolve the problem.”

Mr Maiden said there was also a feeling that one of the photographs that had been used had been too closely cropped, missing off The Green and railway station.

He said some people also wanted to see a photograph of Henry le Strange added.

 

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