Lottery grant shows confidence in King’s Lynn regeneration plan, says council chief

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A multi-million pound Lottery grant will be enough to complete plans to transform an historic area of Lynn, council leaders have insisted.

Last month, it was confirmed that West Norfolk Council had won a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund award for its plans to regenerate the St Nicholas and St Margarets conservation area and Saturday Market Place and restore the Lynn town hall.

In total, with a further contribution of funds from the borough council, the projects will cost around £5 million to complete.

And, during Thursday’s full council meeting, Labour deputy group leader Andy Tyler sought an assurance that the money set aside for the works would be sufficient and would help to attract larger numbers of visitors to the area.

But Elizabeth Nockolds, the council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing, maintained the award showed the fund’s confidence.

She said: “They would not have offered us the money if they felt the budget did not fit the project.”

Mrs Nockolds also backed the establishment of additional festivals to help bring more visitors to Lynn, after Mr Tyler asked whether a single staging of an event was all that was needed.

She said: “King’s Lynn has so much to offer and we do need more and more people to visit King’s Lynn.”

And she echoed the congratulations offered by backbencher Harry Humphrey to Lynn Museum staff after they were named in the top 20 attractions in the country for the quality of their welcome to families.

She said the family of a young visitor had nominated the museum and added: “It was quite a surprise to the staff.”