Letter: Chris Smith, October 17, 2014

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What is happening over the Hopkins Homes saga in Hunstanton is that this town is being pulled apart over this proposed development.

Surely the future of town is more important. We are all very fortunate to live in such

a ‘bootiful’ place and must be grateful for it.

It’s a shame when disputes like this, which are very important to the future, cause such

animosity and bad feelings . Fact: The council were wrong in my opinion to meet with

the landowner and Hopkins to discuss the development; they were also wrong to call a public meeting and then refuse to take questions.

But hey-ho, we all live here, so for God’s sake lets communicate, stop the politics and move on.

We all agree, I think, that we need future development for the town. Where and when seems to be the problem. No one has the divine right to do what they want as a councillor, landowner or parishioner but we must collectively do what is best for Hunstanton in the

long term.

The council must do better in communications and the public must also listen to what they say. Surely this is not too much to ask? Talking is much better than all the arguments and ill feelings that arise from not doing so.

I don’t profess to be a scholar but it is obvious to me that all sides should get together and

discuss the merits of all the proposed sites and maybe compromise. Is that too much to ask?

Maybe the council leader should try and make this happen. It’s never too late .

I personally love my piece of Norfolk. I would not wish to deny anyone else the same

opportunity as myself to own a piece of Norfolk, providing it is done openly and honestly in the interests of all – young and old. By the way, I’m not a nimby.

Chris Smith,