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Town council votes against sending response to borough council on Hunstanton seafront plans

Councillors in Hunstanton voted against sending a written response to West Norfolk Council over the masterplan for regeneration in the town, at the full council meeting on Friday.

The regeneration plans for the southern seafront, which include proposals for a marine lake, public realm enhancements and an 80-bed hotel, have been the subject of a public consultation.

At the meeting, councillors voiced their opinions on sending a response on the proposals to the borough council.

The town sign on the green, Hunstanton.
The town sign on the green, Hunstanton.

Robert Corby said: “I think it’s fairly important that we respect the community’s viewpoint on this, I think that’s what the town council should be doing.”

“There are questions being raised about the developments and I do think we need to express those questions, because we are being asked to do that by the public,” Wendy Croucher said.

However, Michael Ruston said he believed if a response contradicted the work of Hunstanton Coastal Community Team, whose team includes three town councillors and whose work is underpinned by the masterplan, it would “damage the reputation of the town council”.

Deputy mayor Adrian Winnington said: “There are so many details, we would need to look at each one individually and it would take a very long time. I don’t know if we would reach an agreement.”

Mr Winnington said the individual points could be considered by the town council when they reach the planning stage.

Mayor Tony Bishopp said: “We have had three meetings on this, so we have had a chance to air our views, and also via the website.”

Councillors voted against sending a response by eight votes to four.

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