Peace has returned to the town centre now that pile driving has been completed for thirty-one McCarthy & Stone ‘later living’ apartments in St Edmund’s Terrace.
Site manager Walter MacDonald assures me that nearby Victorian buildings did not suffer any structural damage as a result of the pile driving. This is very reassuring and it was even more pleasing to learn from Walter that the materials used above ground will blend in with existing properties in the vicinity.
Local carrstone will be a prominent feature in the new development and where walls are rendered it has been suggested using a finish similar to the type made popular in several older houses designed by Herbert Ibberson. This would certainly fit in with the name chosen for the apartment block, which is to be Hamon Court, in recognition of the achievement of Hamom le Strange in ensuring that Hunstanton’s architecture reflected the vision of his father, Henry le Strange.
The McCarthy & Stone development has not been welcomed by several local inhabitants, including myself, for a various different reasons, but now that is going ahead we must all do our utmost to ensure that everything is done in the best possible taste, as the late Kenny Everett used to say.
Just down the road in Heacham it will be interesting to see if plans for a flagship Lidl store get approved. Such stores rarely look as if they have been designed in the best possible taste, but they are increasingly constructed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
The main issue with this particular application is likely to be its impact on traffic flow along the A149 and no doubt Norfolk County Council Highways department.
On the subject of Highways and design, readers with good memories might remember a report in this column last autumn after I had fallen as a result of a dropped kerb in Hunstanton High Street next to Barclays Bank.
Following the accident I wrote to the County Council in the hope that they would make the dropped kerb safe and offer me some kind of compensation for the injury sustained.
I was not expecting the kind of payment made to Cory Wheelaborator as a result of the incinerator debacle, but a little something might have been appropriate.
With this idea in mind and the safety of other pedestrians uppermost in my thoughts, I am taking legal action against the Council on a ‘no win – no fee’ basis.
If any reader has encountered similar problems when crossing the High Street at the designated crossing points, then please let me know…