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The main purpose of which will be to yield “prosperity” – not for the residents – but for the borough council and businesses who are backing the scheme.

This is clearly indicated by the make-up of the group behind it who are predominantly people representing organisations aimed at increasing their businesses’s “prosperity”.

the town sign on the green, Hunstanton.. (2754449)
the town sign on the green, Hunstanton.. (2754449)

Not that I’m against making a profit having run my own one-man business for 30 years. However this was not to the detriment of my neighbours.

As a member of the very first town council working party on so-called “regeneration”, I soon learned that this was just a highfalutin word for increasing trade whilst hiding the detrimental consequences.

The current target is apparently to increase attractions and create a vibrant seafront. We all know what that means. More traffic, more visitors, more noise – less concern for residents.

I don’t know about you, but if I had wanted to live in a Yarmouth or a Scarborough I would have moved there. And for all the number of times “local people” are mentioned in the literature it is clear that the wishes of the majority – those of us who wish to live in a quiet retirement town – cannot be reconciled with the minority – those who run holiday businesses, any more now than they could over the past 20 years.

Typically, the names of those in charge are not given, so we don’t know if they even live in Hunstanton and will themselves be incommoded by their own decisions or not. Similarly the survey supporting the aims of the scheme only included visitors. The opinions of us residents were, as they always have been, of no concern to our elected representatives.

In spite of all the new retirement homes being built, it seems to me that, because they want to have their cake and eat it, our local councillors and business people still cannot accept that the nature of Hunstanton is changing from a traditional seaside resort to a retirement community.

The question we residents have to ask ourselves is this – do we want more visitors with the concomitant increase in traffic, noise, pressure on local services, or do we want to retain the benefits of a quiet Victorian seaside town in which to spend our last days?

Edward Wheatley


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