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Latest News

If you have any questions or would like more information please send an email to our Chair, Amanda Bosworth on chair@hunstantoncivicsociety.org.uk. She will be pleased to answer your query.

Here is a summary of the latest news (most recent at the top):

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

The Neighbourhood Plan is currently in the process of completion in advance of a Referendum that will seek approval from the local area for its adoption. The latest DRAFT version of the policies document - version 8.7.0 is available as a PDF document which can be viewed by clicking here and the file will open on the next page.
The plan is still in preparation but the working party anticipate that the final version should be produced in the near future. The working party would welcome any input or other comments about the content of the plan and its clarity.
Such comments can be submitted in writing to the Town Council, by e-mail to cllr.murray@hunstantontowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone to 01485 532402.
Once the plan is finalised, it will be subject to a 6 week public consultation period, some adjustments may then be made before the plan goes to the Borough for further consultation then to an independent examiner . Further modifications may then be made prior to the plan going forward to a referendum. At least 50% of those voting in the referendum must approve it before it can be 'made' and become a part of Local Plan.

PRIDE IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD - 52 - January 2021

Committee Member, Andrew Murray, has written an article which will appear in Town & Around in January 2021 regarding the Neighbourhood Plan and also the recent Planning meeting that covered the major planned developments at Southend Road (Car Park) and also the Library/Bus Station development. This can be read by clicking here.

CLOSURE OF THE HUNSTANTON TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
A decision taken by a few members of Hunstanton Town Council and the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in June 2020 has resulted in the closure of the Town's TIC originally located in the main front area of the Town Hall and the creation of Tourist Information Point (TIP) in what was the Coal Shed Gallery between Boldero Trading and the Seagate Road Car park.
The Civic Society has been vociferously petitioning against this decision at various levels most recently launching a petition on Saturday, 5th September on the Green in front of the Town Hall. This has resulted in a large number of signatures demanding reinstatement of some form of staffed Information Centre for Hunstanton.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - HERITAGE CENTRE REOPENS
Saturday, 15th August 2020 we reopened the Centre but sadly had to close it again due to being placed in Tier 2 of the Government's Covid Regulations.
We had been able to open previously made possible by grants provided by the Norfolk Strategic Fund to assist businesses in the Tourism Sector to recover from the impact of Covid-19 to reopen as safely as possible; administered through Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Tourism Support Package project.

HERITAGE CENTRE OPENS - 14th February 2020
We were very happy to have an opening ceremony on Friday, 14th February 2020 at which Dr Paul Richards and Alison Gifford performed the cutting of the ribbon. We were pleased also to have invited about 120 guests and because of the numbers, had to split the ceremony into two stages which although a little strange, actually worked very well. See a number of photos taken at the event on the HERITAGE CENTRE Page and clicking 'here' where indicated.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - September 2019

Hunstanton Hall - Grounds and Courtyard
Thursdays, 12th and 19th to meet by St Mary's Church at 10.00am or 12.00pm
The Church will be open for coffee and cakes

Hunstanton Lighthouse - Tour of the tower and the dungeon
Friday, 13th September at half hour intervals from 11.00am to 2.00pm.
These must be booked in advance by telephoning Andrew Murray on 01485 532376

We are also hoping to arrange a visit to the former Infant School in James Street.
This should take place on Monday, 16th September. Arrangements for this visit have yet to be finalised but we expect them to run from 10.00 to 13.00 at half hourly intervals and will require prior booking.
Keep watch on this space for further details.



On 6th June 2019 following closure of the old Heritage Centre at 15 The Green at the end of the 2018 season,we moved to our new premises at the Old NatWest Bank building on the corner of Greevegate and Northgate. Please find out more information on the Heritage Centre page in the menu above.


On 16th June 2017, the official unveiling of the 'Henry Styleman Le Strange' Statue took place.
Here are some pictures taken by Andrew Murray of the event.
The second is of Alan Herriot, the Sculptor.

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Click here for the latest news from the HERITAGE CENTRE

Latest News from the Society (HCS)


The Programme for 2017-2018 series of talks is available on the 'Monthly Talks' page under 'Events and Activities'.

Minutes of the latest meeting of the Committee could be the first place to find out what is afoot in Hunstanton through the eyes of the Civic Society. Please take your cursor or click on "Organisation" above and click on the sub menu "Meeting Minutes" to go to a page containing access to minutes of our committee meetings over the last few years.

Other items of recent news include:
HCS Chairman's Report for 21st October 2017

Planning Applications and Developments
17/01465/F – Bennett’s homes have put in an appeal against the decision of BCKLWN not to allow 3 extra access points from the A149
BCKLWN are proposing to develop the remainder of the sheep field for about 29 houses, mostly supposedly affordable and to bring Alexander Road up to adoptable status. They plan community engagement.
17/01922/F – there has been concern about this retrospective application relating to the replacement of a shed fronting St Edmund’s Avenue. It is too high with shiny roof.
Miramar Guest House in Boston Square have had new UVPC windows installed destroying the symmetry of the pair of semi detached Ibberson houses. Reported to Conservation Officer.

Town Council
The co-option to replace Richard Bird and David Jones planned for 17 November was postponed when one of the candidates withdrew.
The precept for 2018/19 will remain the same at £135,000
Stagecoach has been taken off school bus routes because of lack of trained staff.
Andrew Jamieson NCC wants to have details of lack of mobile phone coverage. He is keen to develop incubation units to help business start-ups.