I noticed Cllr Richard Bird (Letters, February 23) put the present population of Hunstanton at 4,025, also saying it is possibly the lowest since the Second World War.
In the first census after this war, in 1951 the population was 3,419. In 1961 it had gone up to 4,860 because of the influx of Americans, then in 1971 when the Americans had moved out, it dropped to 3,911. By the next census in 1981 the population was 4,081 and it has never dropped below 4,000 since. In the 1991 census the population number was 4,700, in 2001 it was 5,011, but I think the 1991 census and the 2001 census included the numbers for Old Hunstanton. In 2001 the number of lived-in houses in Hunstanton was 2,760 and the number of people living in Hunstanton in 2011 was 4,229 and the number living in Old Hunstanton was 628, so if Cllr Bird’s number of 4,025 for 2016 is correct, where have the other 224 gone to?
Dick Melton, Hunstanton