Hunstanton Pier needs help from the Government, similar to that given to Eastbourne after its pier fire. When the borough council became the pier landlord in 1974 it failed to enforce the repairing covenant in the lease and in 2009 attempted to remove it altogether from the 999-year lease.
Legal advice to the borough council and the Hunstanton Civic Society made it clear it is not possible to remove the pier from the lease and that a repairing covenant can be enforced at any time during its term, regardless of the borough council’s failure to enforce the repairing covenant in 1978 and 2002. The last remnant of the pier was removed following a fire that totally destroyed an amusement arcade at the entrance to the “pier”, which had not been in existence since 1978. In 1984 the whole of The Green was included in the Conservation Area and a Covenant prohibiting the erection of any building on The Green not associated with a pier should have ruled out any possibility of erecting an entertainment centre looking like a hangar on land designated for the entrance to Hunstanton Pier.
Looking forward, the choice is easy, because as recently as 2007 the borough council promised to reinstate Hunstanton Pier as part of a comprehensive Regeneration Programme for A Victorian Seaside Town and, although the recession has been blamed for the delay, the entertainment hangar is being offered for sale and this should provide the incentive for the borough council to approach central Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the funds needed to acquire the building.