In November’s Hunstanton Town and Around magazine Alan Smith wrote in support of John Maiden’s 13-year campaign to achieve justice on the pier issue.
In the letters to the editor of November 10, Chris Smith also mentions the pier in a similar vein and refers to the Hopkins Homes development on Redgate Hill, raising important issues regarding the folly of the proposal, similar to those offered by John Maiden and Cllr Andrew Murray in the borough council planning committee meeting during which Cllrs Earnshaw, Bower and Watson gave their support for the development to go ahead. If they would take the time out to listen to residents they would realise that there are many opposed to the development. All three councillors may well live to regret their decision and should seriously consider reversing their stand now on the issue. Cllr Watson wants to see a better mix in the population of Hunstanton, but fails to explain what will attract younger families to a place with, as Chris Smith pointed out, no job prospects.
Another concern is that extra strain will be applied to the infrastructure of the area, such as effect of one extra roundabout (maybe two with the Lidl proposal at Heacham) on the A149, increasing traffic congestion, which is already a serious problem. Has consideration been given to the effect on water supply and sewage and the capability of medical facilities and services to cope.
The disruption during the anticipated four years it will take to complete the development in such a sensitive area, is also cause for concern. Additional housing should be provided where it is needed, which is certainly not the case in Hunstanton, where it will only mean more of the same, such as retirement people and holiday homes, which is satisfied by the current homes for sale in the town.
It should be pointed out that the majority of development in the last 50 years have been bungalows so why change to building the allocated number of houses.