Views still sought on Hunstanton gardens’ makeover

Hunstanton Heritage Gardens second consultation: Photos Wynne Williams Associates,

Hunstanton Heritage Gardens second consultation: Photos Wynne Williams Associates, - Credit: Archant

People's opinions and views are still being sought on how about £800,000 could be spent on a proposed revamp of Hunstanton's heritage gardens on the seafront.

Two consultation events have been held in the town to seek residents' views, ideas, and opinions about the makeover.

West Norfolk Council is preparing a detailed bid for the project, after the first stage of an application for Heritage Lottery funding was approved earlier this year.

The project will be centred on The Green and the adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.

Borough council spokesman Sharon Clifton said: 'More than 50 people attended the second consultation event.

'Landscape architects, Wynne-Williams Associates, had prepared 12 photoboards displaying information from surveys and initial ideas for how the area could be restored and improved, as well as a timeline of Hunstanton's history and a large table-top plan of the area.

'People took their time to examine the displays and once again, a great many comments were gathered on all aspects of the project. These ranged from simply opening up views across the Wash to repairing the shelters, improving the play facilities for children or enhancing the area for wildlife.'

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The architects will now take on board the views expressed and work up proposals for the area which will be available for the public to view on Sunday, November 29, during the Christmas Cracker event. There will be a trailer in the High Street where people will be able to find out more.

Proposals will be quite detailed by that stage, so this will be the last opportunity for the public to comment before the plans are finalised and submitted early in the new year, with a decision on funding expected next June.

If successful, works are expected to begin in autumn 2016.

Views are still being sought, follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hunstantonheritage

What other parts of Hunstanton would you like to see given a makeover? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk