West Norfolk Council to spend a penny or two on Hunstanton toilets

Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens in full bloom, for Britain in Bloom Judging Today.''Picture includes Britain in Bloom Judges, Hunstanton in Bloom Chairman Cllr Elizabeth Watson (front centre),Committee members, Borough Council Staff, Town Councillors, garden display gardeners, volunteers and other guests. ANL-140408-133839009
Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens in full bloom, for Britain in Bloom Judging Today.''Picture includes Britain in Bloom Judges, Hunstanton in Bloom Chairman Cllr Elizabeth Watson (front centre),Committee members, Borough Council Staff, Town Councillors, garden display gardeners, volunteers and other guests. ANL-140408-133839009
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“Disgraceful” toilets in Hunstanton are due to be getting a £80,000 makeover later this year.

West Norfolk Council has allocated a total of £80,000 to improve the resort’s toilets in its budget.

Toilets on the Clifftop are hoped to be restored before the peak summer season with other toilets in Old Hunstanton also earmarked for refurbishment.

The investment has been welcomed by councillors and people in the town.

Speaking at Tuesday’s borough council cabinet meeting Alistair Beales, portfolio holder for regeneration and assets, said: “I am pleased to see the money for the Hunstanton toilets. A lot of people visit Hunstanton. Some of the toilets are pretty disgraceful and it doesn’t reflect very well on us. I am delighted to see that we are going to do something on that.”

Paul Beal, borough councillor for Hunstanton, has been calling for the toilets between the putting green and lifeboat station to be improved.

He said: “I am pleased as it is something that needs to be done. They have refurbished the toilets between the green up to the putting green.”

Hunstanton town clerk Lisa Powell is also pleased. She said: “The toilets are in dire need of refurbishment so we are very grateful to the borough council.

“I am sure that the tourists and residents alike will be pleased to see the toilets have a face lift.”

Further investment is also included in the borough council’s budgets for the town.

The council has also allocated £10,000 to go towards the costs of putting together a Lottery bid to refurbish The Green.

Hopes are high to get a Parks for the People Lottery frant to restore heritage features on The Green, Esplanade Gardens and cliff top.

The bid is at a very early stage but the borough council has allocated the money to pay for preparation work before the application can be submitted.

Chairman of Hunstanton Civic Society Andrew Murray has welcomed the investment for the Lottery bid.

He said: “The aim is to replace the present butterfly shelters between The Green and The Esplanade Gardens as they are disintegrating. The concrete is crumbling.

“Last year the town won a gold medal in the Britain in Bloom competition and I’m sure similar efforts will be made to repeat that success.”