Residents to get the chance to rename Queen’s Hills community hall

The official opening of West Costessey Hall, Poethlyn Drive, Queen's Hills. Rob Butler of Radio Norf

The official opening of West Costessey Hall, Poethlyn Drive, Queen's Hills. Rob Butler of Radio Norfolk cutting the ribbon.Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Plans to rename a community hall at Queen's Hills has met with a 'mixed reaction' after being floated at a council meeting on Tuesday.

The official opening of West Costessey Hall, Poethlyn Drive, Queen's Hills. Visitors using the main

The official opening of West Costessey Hall, Poethlyn Drive, Queen's Hills. Visitors using the main hall. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Costessey Town Council intend to change the name of West Costessey Hall to something more appropriate to the new estate, as problems rumble on with the infrastructure years after construction began.

By last month, residents at the estate were still waiting for roads to be finished.

A new Queen's Hill electoral ward will be created in 2019, with five new councillors, and Costessey Town Council intend to change the name of the West Costessey Hall, which opened in 2014, at the same time.

A competition could be held locally to come up with the new name, as long as it includes 'Queen's Hills'.


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County councillor for Costessey Tim East said the change is 'eminently sensible'

'Renaming it Queen's Hills Hall does actually give it some location identity, whereas West Costessey Hall does not readily identify a location within Costessey,' he said.

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'The original purpose for naming the Hall, West Costessey Hall, was for social integration and cohesion reasons, but I'm now quite willing to accept a name change, particularly as it gives the hall a specific location if 'Queen's Hills' is part of the changed name.'

Projects at Queen's Hills have faced severe delays since 2009 when the developer behind the estate, Cofton, went into administration.

Three developers – Bovis, Taylor Wimpey and Kier – are now finishing the estate.

Town councillor for Costessey John Amis said the plan was met with 'a mixed reaction.' 'Some people don't care if we change it, and some people are dead against change,' he said.

'There are a few issues that still need resolving with the building. It is nothing really serious but they are things we have to put right before it goes any further.

'At the moment the only things we are responsible for at Queen's Hill are the hall and the dog bins. The rest is still with the developers and the contractors. Nothing has been handed over, and roads and sewers have to be checked. There is a lot of work still to be done there.

'We decided it would be best to wait until 2019 or as soon as possible after that.'

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