Go to Hunstanton switch-on and be illuminated on plans

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Residents are being invited to view the proposals for the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project when they attend Sunday’s light switch-on.

The Christmas Cracker festive lights event is expected to attract thousands to the town.

Members from the project team will based in a stand on the High Street amongst other stalls taking part in the event.

Alistair Beales, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration andindustrial assets, said: “A lot of people have been involved in helping to develop these proposals so we’d like to share with them the designs we’ve come up with. We’re hoping that while they are enjoying the Christmas Cracker event that they pop along to have a mince pie with us and take a look at our display.”

The emerging proposals will be on display in the stand on the High Street from 1pm until 6pm on Sunday, 29 November.

After successfully gaining initial funding, West Norfolk Council is now preparing a detailed Stage 2 bid under the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme for funding a project based on the seafront gardens.

The project is centred on The Green and adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.

Local residents have been helping to develop the proposals which will form part of this detailed funding bid.

The main aims of the project are to celebrate and respect the vision of the seaside park’s original founder – Henry Styleman Le Strange and to ensure that people have the training and skills to maintain the parks into the future, allowing them to evolve and yet leave a lasting legacy.

The Stage 2 bid needs to be submitted by the end of February 2016 for a decision in June 2016. The anticipated project costs would be covered by a grant of £656,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund plus £164,145 from the borough council.

The main elements of the bid include:

n repair or replacement of the shelters

n enlarging and improving the play area

n improvements to the crazy golf

n improvements to the hard landscape (including footpaths)

n replacement of street furniture

n development of a Friends Group and town guide service

n introduction of horticultural apprenticeships

n event management training

n better interpretation materials, a digital archive and a smart phone app to help people learn about Hunstanton and how it has developed

The trees in the Spinney are set to be awash with colour this Christmas as the borough council will be lighting them up with LED flood lights as a feature to this year’s Christmas lights in Hunstanton. It is hoped that the work will be completed in time for the town’s switch-on event this weekend.