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Start date announced for Hunstanton library move work

Work on the provision of a temporary library in Hunstanton is expected to start within days, a senior West Norfolk councillor says.

A site in Valentine Road has been identified as a short-term home for the facility, while construction of a new, permanent library takes place.

The new facility is part of a major planned redevelopment of what is currently the town's bus station, for which planning permission was granted in December.

Hunstanton Library and Bus Station.. (37125842)
Hunstanton Library and Bus Station.. (37125842)

And documents published ahead of a scheduled borough council meeting this Thursday revealed the scheme is now set to move forward.

In his report to the meeting, Peter Gidney, the authority's cabinet member for project delivery, said work on conversion of the Valentine Road building was due to begin by next Monday, March 1.

He said the project would take around eight weeks to complete and would ensure "a continuing library service during the new library construction."

The new library is part of plans for the bus station site which also include dozens of homes, a shop and a new public toilet block.

Mr Gidney added: "Works on the main project are expected to start at the beginning of May 2021."

The report said that designs for the bus shelters which will replace the current interchange had now been agreed, so that they would be in place before any work starts on site.

Earlier this month, members of Hunstanton Town Council backed the idea of them taking ownership of the new shelters, although further discussions were to be sought over the details of the arrangement.

Some members were unhappy at the amount of money being offered by the borough council for ongoing maintenance.

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