Survey could be first step to moving Hunstanton bus station

Hunstanton bus station, which could be redeveloped. Pictrure: Chris Bishop

Hunstanton bus station, which could be redeveloped. Pictrure: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A survey which could see Hunstanton's bus station and library move is under way.

Contractors are being sent in to identify and map contours on the site and features, such as manholes, utility poles, retaining walls and trees.

West Norfolk council said the survey would provide accurate information on the site, which will assist with developing future plans.

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Alistair Beales, the council's cabinet member for corporate projects and assets, said: 'This is the first really visible work people will see in connection with this project.

'Other surveys are planned for other parts of the town, but this is the first one to take place.'

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The work is being carried out as opart of a project called One Public Estate - a government-backed initiative to rationalise the corporate public estate, and make the most of public sector assets.

West Norfolk has secured £130,000 of grant funding from One Public Estate to pay for feasibility work in Hunstanton.

The library, on Westgate, is owned by Norfolk County Council. The remaining part of the site, off St Edmund's Terrace, is owned by West Norfolk.

West Norfolk says 'initial conversations' have taken place with the county council and Hunstanton Town Council regarding ways of improving access to library services.

Options could include the relocation of the library, or a new library on the existing site that would form part of a comprehensive redevelopment scheme.

Transport studies will also be undertaken in the near future to explore ways to improve the public transport facilities around the town.

Mr Beales added: 'It's important that people know that we are looking at a number of projects that will ensure that publicly-owned assets are rationalised to improve services, reduce costs and drive growth and development.

'It's also important that people understand we are not making decisions behind closed doors.

'At the moment, the focus is very much on gathering information and data so that we can develop a set of proposals that we will consult on in the future.'

In November, Mr Beales said if a suitable alternative site could be found for the bus station, it could 'open up' the site for redevelopment.

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