Turnstone, by John Maiden, September 27, 2016

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In an attempt to gain some small benefit from the closure of Hunstanton Road for the next six months, I have decided to ‘walk’ up and down Redgate Hill whenever possible, rather than ‘drive’ the long way round via the traffic lights.

Unfortunately, the view at the foot of the hill is becoming more depressing by the day, with so much vegetation being cleared from a vast area.

This makes a complete nonsense of the assertion by those responsible for approving this development that wildlife, including endangered species, would be protected while the new access roads and the roundabout were under construction.

Last Thursday I encountered an operative from ‘Southern Ecological Solutions’ leaving the site.

He informed me that his task now is to encourage a colony of water voles in the area to look for pastures new, simply because their habitat is being needlessly destroyed as a direct result of the borough council planning committee’s decision to approve vehicular access to a large building site across a haven for wildlife, instead of opting for an alternative route via Searles Leisure Resort.

Equally surprising to me is a double padlocked gate that is denying direct access from the A149 via an entrance, which was regularly used by agricultural vehicles when the site earmarked for housing was still productive arable farmland.

Residents on the nearby Manorfields Estate, across the field, might have taken some comfort from Hunstanton Town Council’s letter opposing the opening of Harry’s Way to construction traffic, but perhaps they should consider putting two or three more padlocks on the gate at the end of this cul de sac! I

t has to be one of the most bizarre decisions ever taken in Lynn, which sees Hunstanton Road, Heacham, transformed into the ‘Road To Nowhere’, while families from ‘One End Street’, currently situated on the edge of town are in danger of having their peaceful lives changed forever.

Perhaps Hunstanton’s urban sprawl into open countryside will be abated with the opening of Hamon Court next year. Sixty percent of these later living apartments have already been sold – many of them to local people.

On the subject of percentages, 20 percent of the eighty people who attended my presentation last Wednesday on ‘The Pier Uncovered’ were not members of Hunstanton & District Civic Society. It would seem, therefore, that it is not just Civic Society members who recognise that the only way to restore The Green to its former glory is by getting rid of the ‘non-pier’ where the ‘Pier’ should be – not by rebuilding the barmy ‘butterfly’ shelters!