Next stage for Lottery bid to restore Hunstanton gardens?

Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens, one of the displays in full bloom ANL-140408-133818009
Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens, one of the displays in full bloom ANL-140408-133818009
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Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens in full bloom last year.

to the next stage if councillors agree.

West Norfolk Council has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to complete a £826,745 overhaul of The Green.

The application has already past the first stage and cabinet members will be deciding next week whether to move on to the final stage.

If approved, the project aims to restore the seaside park to celebrate the vision of founder Henry Styleman Le Strange along with the creation of a community project to promote the area’s heritage and maintenance.

Richard Bird, ward member, said that refurbishing the Victorian gardens will be a big boost to the area.

He said: “The Victorian gardens have been there since Hunstanton was created and has been a major asset to the town.

“The sub structure is in bad need of restoration. This will be a benefit for the town.”

In June, the council received word that the HLF had granted £28,000 to go towards the £36,000 development costs with the council providing £7,200.

Under the second stage bid, if cabinet members agree to proceed during their meeting on Tuesday, the HLF will be applied for £656,600 with the council making up £164,145.

The project will include restoring and repairing current structures along with putting up shelters, street furniture, play area and interpretation boards.

Community activities include developing town guides, horticulture and heritage training. There are also plans for a digitial archive, mobile app and engaging local schools.

MP Henry Bellingham has welcomed news that Hunstanton has been successful in its bid to become a Coastal Community Team.

He said, “This will definitely help Hunstanton with its regeneration programme.

“Although the first award is only £10,000 to kick-start the programme, the team will now be able to bid for up to £50,000 to help support and restore local amenities and other infrastructure.”