A Lynn town centre housing
estate could be given a new name to help change its negative image, Freebridge Community Housing revealed this week.
But will the move, as part of a £25 million regeneration of Hillington Square, make any difference to people’s perceptions of the area?
We took to the streets to find out and got mixed views.
Leah Watson, 16, of Lynn, said: “I’ve lived in Lynn my whole life and it’s always had a bad reputation. I don’t think changing the name will change what people think, it will always be Hillington Square.
“It’s been Hillington Square since I was born and that’s how I’ll always know it.
“It’s like when they changed Baker’s Oven to Greggs; people still call it Baker’s Oven.”
Thea Joslin, 16, of Lynn, disagreed. She said: “I think it might make a difference, particularly to people who are new to the area and younger people.”
Colin Brock, of Gayton, said: “I remember when Hillington Square was built and that’s how it will always be remembered. It’s got a bad name, and changing it won’t make any difference, which is a shame as there’s lots of nice people who live there.”
His wife, Jill, added: “It’s the same as any built up area like that, you always get one or two people who give it a bad name for everyone else.”
Mark Sweeney, 21, of Lynn, said the redevelopment of Hillington Square and a new name is just what the estate needs.
He said: “I think what they (Freebridge) are doing will make a big difference, the name change especially. Everyone sees it as quite rough, so this will probably help quite a lot.”
Joshy Ring, 20, of Lynn, agreed, saying: “The redevelopment and new name will get it in the public eye, which could be a good thing for it.”
But Ryan Scott, 20, of Lynn, said: “I don’t think it will change it at all. It will be the same place, with the same people, just with a different name.
“It won’t make a difference to what people think or what it’s like.”