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Could date of Hunstanton Soap Box Derby change next year?

The date of a popular event in a seaside town, a skate park and a community fridge were topics which were all up for debate at a town council meeting.

Hunstanton’s annual Soap Box Derby was discussed by councillors at a full council meeting on Wednesday, due to the date potentially being changed next year.

Usually held in the Easter holidays, the topic was brought up as they asked whether the autumn was a good time to host it instead.

The Soap Box Derby is a popular event in Hunstanton
The Soap Box Derby is a popular event in Hunstanton

The event attracts thousands to the area in April and councillors said it was beneficial to businesses and tourism within the town, and discussed whether a September date would work as well.

Conservative Cllr Angie Dickinson, who represents Hunstanton ward on the borough council, said: “We would prefer the date in April at the start of the season to bring people in and help the local economy.

“It is a work in progress with West Norfolk Council.”

Councillor Michael Ruston is mayor of Hunstanton
Councillor Michael Ruston is mayor of Hunstanton

Meanwhile, a positive report from the mayor of Hunstanton, Cllr Michael Ruston, highlighted that July and August would be “busy and fun”.

He said: “The carnival weekend was a tremendous success and credit to everyone involved with their effort behind the scenes.

“The borough council provided the stage, without all that it would never have happened.

“It was a joyous occasion and the expression on adults’ and kids’ faces alike said it all.”

Elsewhere, Cllr Tony Bishopp, who gave a report on accounts, said: “What an excellent way to spend money on the carnival.”

The potential for a skate park in the town was also up for discussion.

Cllr Paul Beal, of the Independent Partnership, who also represents Hunstanton Ward on the borough council, said: “A census for the youth in the area and what they want regarding a skate park and if there is a need for it is a good idea. Hopefully that can be sorted out fairly quickly.”

Other topics mentioned at the meeting included that commemorative Coronation coins are set to be given to all pupils at Glebe House School and Nursery and Hunstanton Primary School at a future date.

The Hub community fridge, which is situated in the basement of the town hall, was also discussed regarding access to food and food supply chains with local outlets.

Broken benches, electric vehicle charging points and a review of car parking were additional issues discussed at the meeting.

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