With reference to Sue Kenny’s letter (April 5), £40,000 does seem a lot to spend on a statue.
There is a lot of money needed to be spent on Hunstanton promenade, which is the jewel in the crown and the main attraction of the town. In 1995 it was found that an area of the prom from Johnson’s slipway to the Oasis was sinking, so many tons of liquid concrete were pumped into it to make it more stable.
It was reported in April 2013 that West Norfolk Council would spend £300,000 over the next five years. Up to now they have spent £89,000 on patching it up and the new flood gates, so they still have £211,000 to spend in the next three years. It was also stated that in 15 to 20 years time the promenade will have reached its expected life span, so a new one will have to be built. Why not do it now? Why wait 20 years when it will cost a lot more money and be in a worse state? As for the sea defences, the borough council is responsible for the prom and the defences from the cliffs to the southern end of the fairground with the Envronment Agency responsible for the rest, right through to Snettisham jetty and beyond. Since 1990, more than £20 million has been spent on sea defences at Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham so we now have the best sea defences on the eastern side of the Wash. So let’s have a new promenade in Sunny Hunny, not in 20 years time but in three, when it is needed.
Dick Melton, Hunstanton