Out with the new and in with the old

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It often takes newcomers to appreciate aspects of historical towns that locals take for granted. And for most of the 12 years we have lived in West Norfolk I’ve been sad to see charming, idiosyncratic areas knocked down and replaced with modern, characterless replacements in what I can only describe as the “bland precinct nowhere” style.

The redevelopment of Tuesday Market Place in Lynn and the Spinney in Hunstanton are the latest examples

Now I live in Hunstanton, so tell me to mind my own business if you like, but the best way to improve King’s Lynn would be to completely flatten the Vancouver Centre, consult old plans and photos and recreate the town as it was 150 years ago.

Ok, I know it would be a fake but anyone who has been to Europe and seen whole areas of replica buildings in places like Nuremburg and Cologne knows that they are infinitely better than brutal modernism.

I wonder why so much public money is spent on such ugly – not to mention unnecessary –developments? Elsewhere in the world one would assume simple corruption. But this is England, so one can only assume simple lack of taste and simple bad management.

The proposed changes to Saturday Market Place seem to fit this horrifying scenario precisely. Oppose them now or future generations will regret it

Edward Wheatley