Letters: Karen Kjolsen, September 9, 2016

Visitors Guide - Hunstanton

Hunstanton Beach 

Town Centre

Esplande Gardens

The Pier

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Visitors Guide - Hunstanton Hunstanton Beach Town Centre Esplande Gardens The Pier Old Hunstanton Cliff ENGANL00120130602095532

I had to check the date on my Lynn News today, I thought I had been in a time warp when I read £32,000 is to be spent on a statue of Henry Le Strange to face out to sea in Hunstanton Gardens.

Really? I applaud those concerned with the regeneration but question this spend. At a time when there are queries over closing public conveniences to save £50,000, surely this is madness?

The money would be better spent towards the refitting of the existing toilet facilities. They fall short of the standards of those in Lynn. Some are quite disgusting and I am ashamed that 850,000 people visit here and need to use them. The cleaning staff do a brilliant job, but that does not alter the fact they need vast improvement.

As for charging people, personally I would not object to that, but living in Hunstanton, with a garden backing onto the coach park, we know people already use the bushes as urinals before departing, as we have had “discussions” with them. Surely charging will make this even more widespread?

The first impression many coach daytrippers face is an extremely dilapidated property on Seagate, then the jungle that is the old Kit Kat site.

We may win awards for Anglia in Bloom, but this end of the town is the most used and the least attractive.

The town traders and the borough council coffers need the tourist money, but have to invest to keep attracting them. Why isn’t there a decent adventure playground for children? This would attract families out of season, even in winter, as we have seen in many other UK resorts.

I am certain Henry Le Strange would have loved to see the town used all year round, regardless of traffic jams, and that would be a fitting tribute to him.

Karen Kjolsen, Seagate, Hunstanton