Turnstone, by John Maiden, April 4, 2017

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Recently my signature was just one of more than 100,000 calling for an end to the culling of badgers.

On March 27 the e-petition was debated in the House of Commons, but in spite of ‘fake science’ being exposed by several MPs, it looks as if the Government will extend the cull to more areas.

Paul Flynn MP summed up the debate recently and the worst mistake that politicians make is to say: “Something must be done. We can’t think of anything intelligent to do, we can’t think of anything practical to do that will work, but we must do something.”

I am afraid it is one of the great sins of this House and the way that we legislate that the worst mistakes we make are often in the pursuit of ‘something must be done’.

Badger culling is a very bad idea. It is cruel, and the country will rightly show its contempt for a Government who continue with it.

Closer to home it was feared that buses would not resume services along Hunstanton Road, Heacham, because of a tight turn at the north end and the reduced width of the new layout.

Fortunately, for those of us who have been waiting impatiently for a bus since September 5 last year, Stagecoach published a new Coasthopper timetable on April 2.

Lynx intend to resume services on May 20 including a 34 as well as the 35.

All buses will stop at Heacham Manor Hotel.

Hopefully, this will not prove to be a case of ‘fake news’, but concerns have been raised about the future of the route if there is an accident at the badly designed junction involving a bus.

Finally, I have to defend myself against an accusation of ‘fake history’.

Last summer, Hunstanton pier reappeared as several pairs of stumps, sixteen feet apart.

These were clearly remnants of a magnificent example of Victorian engineering. In 2009, when a similar incident happened, the council removed several stumps and took them to a landfill site.

However, Peter Mallam, Deputy Mayor of Hunstanton, rescued a stump that became the centrepiece of the ‘pier’ flowerbed.

A plaque reveals that work on the pier began in 1868; how it was designated a Grade II Listed Building in 1975; but in 1978 it was demolished following severe storm damage.

Last year, I said it would be wrong to remove parts of the pier, while the surrounding conservation area was about to be restored to its former glory. I was shocked to learn that the council had no record of the pier being a listed building.

Luckily, I have correspondence dating back to February 1978, when the Hunstanton Pier Company applied for Listed Building consent to demolish the pier head.

West Norfolk district council referred the application to the Department for the Environment, but after deliberating for several weeks, the decision was delegated to the district planning officer, Clifford Walters.

He granted consent on September 12, 1978, thereby confirming the fact that this column does not use ‘fake news’ when reporting on badgers, buses, piers, or anything else.