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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):

HERITAGE DAYS 2021
The Civic Society arranged a number of events to celebrate the History and Heritage of our area. The following guided tours took place in September 2021:
HUNSTANTON LIGHTHOUSE
Friday, 10 September – 11:00 to 14:00 and Friday, 17th September - 11.00 to 13.00 at half hourly intervals
A visit to the Hunstanton Lighthouse dungeon and climbing the stairs to the top of the tower to enjoy the fantastic view over the Wash and adjoining town, led by Andrew Murray

HEACHAM VILLAGE WALK
Monday, 13 September – 11:00. &. 14:00
A circular walk around the historic village of Heacham starting at St Mary's Church, Heacham (dating from the 13th Century) led by Mavis Windibank

HUNSTANTON INFANT SCHOOL
Wednesday, 15 September – 11:00; 11:45; 12:30; 13:15
Guided tour of part of the former Infant School in James Street, led by John Maiden

OLD HUNSTANTON HALL
Thursday, 16 September – 10:00; 11:00; 12:00
A guided walking tour of grounds and courtyard of Old Hunstanton Hall, starting at St Mary’s Church, Old Hunstanton led by Nick Torry and Andrew Murray

HUNSTANTON SELF-GUIDED TOWN WALKS
Throughout the week, visitors are free to follow a number of walking trails around Hunstanton: - Town Trail; Cliff Trail; Old Hunstanton Trail; Hunstanton Gardens Trail; Wolf Trail; Heritage Plaque Walk. All walks provided in Hunstanton Guide Book and leaflets available from Hunstanton Heritage Centre at £2.50.

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 launching a petition on Saturday, 5th September 2020 on the Green in front of the Town Hall. This resulted in a large number of signatures demanding reinstatement of some form of staffed Information Centre for Hunstanton. Eventually a Tourist Information Point was created in the Oasis Swimming Pool Cafe.

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.




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.