Report to examine Hunstanton issues

Candidates for the Norfolk County Council Elections May 2013 ENGANL00120130424154215
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Officials will be asked to prepare a report on economic and social issues in the Hunstanton area after one of the resort’s councillors called for a new study.

Richard Bird proposed a motion calling for new research at the authority’s meeting on Thursday evening.

But the call was not debated after council leader Nick Daubney said he would ask for a report on the matter to be brought before the authority’s ruling cabinet.

Mr Bird said he wanted a study to take place with a view to developing an action plan focused on the area’s economic and social needs and potential.

He said recent borough and county council reports showed a much higher elderly population, levels of incapacity benefit claims and second home ownership in the Hunstanton area than across the borough as a whole, as well as lower numbers enrolled at local schools.

And he maintained he wanted to “keep up the momentum” following recent work in the town.

He added: “There are challenges and opportunities to be addressed.”

Mr Daubney said the motion had raised an “important point.”