Hunstanton bus station redevelopment work 'delayed until spring', council chiefs announce
Work on plans for a new library and flats on what is currently Hunstanton's bus station has been delayed until next spring, council chiefs have announced this afternoon.
But officials are blaming the delay on supply chain pressures and changes to fire safety legislation, though they insist the project will still proceed eventually.
They say they are also keen to avoid disruption to the town centre, and particularly to the Princess Theatre, during the run-up to Christmas.
Richard Blunt, the authority's development portfolio holder, said: "Many projects across the country are having difficulty sourcing materials and other supplies, we are not unique in this matter.
"This exciting project is still going ahead but we’ll have to wait a little longer for it to begin.
"We obviously have to be mindful not to cause issues for the town in the run up to Christmas and throughout the panto season, so we have made arrangements to push back the demolition works until spring next year. By this time the materials issues will hopefully be eased.
"Once complete, this scheme will offer brand new library facilities, along with additional retail space and much-needed housing. Such investment is great news for the town."
The project will also see new bus shelters installed on St Edmunds Terrace to replace the current interchange, while the town's library has already moved to its temporary home on Valentine Road.
Andrew Jamieson, the town's Norfolk County Council representative, said: "We are looking forward to seeing the new project get underway next year.
"It will be a modern library that not only helps people with reading and literacy but promotes community activities that reduce social isolation."