Lottery cash could improve Hunstanton’s Green

Hunstanton'Crowds gather on the Green for the results of the float competition ENGANL00120130107125657
Hunstanton'Crowds gather on the Green for the results of the float competition ENGANL00120130107125657
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A bid for £28,000 to spruce up The Green and the Esplanade Gardens at Hunstanton has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

West Norfolk Council has made the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in an effort to engage people in the history, heritage and horticulture of the area.

The bid, which has been developed in conjunction with Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team, sets out a series of activities and capital works that will help celebrate the vision of Hunstanton’s founder Henry Le Strange.

If it is successful, the Stage 1 funding of £28,800 would be used along with £7,200 from the council to develop a full Stage 2 bid which would provide project funding.

The Stage 2 bid would need to be submitted in March 2016 for a decision in June. The anticipated costs of Stage 2 are £656,600 from the HLF and £164,145 from the borough.

Ward councillor Elizabeth Watson said: “The area features ‘butterfly’ shelters, a bandstand and other heritage assets including the Victorian Pavilion, town cross, town sign, fountains and St Edmund’s Chapel.

“The council spends a considerable sum on maintenance each year.

“A successful bid would enable these assets to be fully refurbished ... as well as bringing wider benefits including the installation of more sustainable options such as low energy street lighting.”