Hunstanton Town Council

Serving the people of Hunstanton

Town Hall

Town Clerk: Jan Roomes
Hunstanton Town Hall, The
Green, Hunstanton, Norfolk
PE36 6BQ

Hunstanton Town Council

Hunstanton Town Council provides your local services.

We strive to make Hunstanton a better place to live, work and play.

Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do.

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Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre

Open Daily

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Sunday 27th October 2019 10.00 am – 3.00 pm EVERY DAY

Monday - Saturday's from 28th October 2019 to 28th March 2020 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Sunday's from 29th October 2019 -to 29th March 2020 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

For more detail information on events, accommodation, car park passes and so much more please visit Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre at the top of the Green or by emailing tourism@hunstantontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephoning 01485 532610

Note: Hunstanton Town Council operate a CCTV monitoring system in the Tourist Information Centre & Town Hall, by entering these premises you are agreeing to being recorded

Latest News

Councillor Vacancy

Hunstanton Town Council has a vacancy for a Town Councillor.

Mr, Mrs or Ms Right will need the following:

Communication Skills - good listener, responds to e-mails sent by the clerk, open to new ideas, computer literate and willing to work electronically

Personal Qualities - honest, decent, confident, visionary, forward thinking, proactive, strategic, flexible, respectful of professional knowledge and objectivity of officers, leadership, supportive, polite, patient but tenacious and a good sense of humour! More »

Commitment - prepared for meetings, team player, punctual, available and accessible for scheduled and ad hoc meetings, takes role seriously, willing to participate, interested, enthusiastic and with a positive outlook

Knowledge - understands council's strategy, knows financial rules and regs, understands roles and responsibilities of officers and councillors, knows that the council is an employer, understands council's powers, willing to learn and develop, undertake training and understands the Code of Conduct

Communitarian - passionate about the community, focused on the whole community and not a single issue

Basics - stays awake in meetings, has respect for personal space, treats others with dignity, has reasonable and respectful dress standards for council meetings and who gives the meeting their full attention!

Could this be you? You might not have all the above but training and guidance is always available. » Less

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:34 by Jan Roomes

Holocaust Memorial Service 27th January 2020

The Mayor Cllr Anthony Bishopp will be holding a short service at the Cenotaph in Hunstanton 27th January 2020 at 10.30 am to celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day

All most welcome to attend.

Light refreshments served afterwards in Council Chamber to all attending,

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:31 by Jan Roomes

Festive Funday 2020

Hunstanton Christmas Lights Switch On

Festive Funday 2020…

Can you help make it happen?!

Following the success of Hunstanton's Festive Funday in 2019, we're looking to put a team together to bring all that fun and joy to this year's Christmas Lights Switch-On and we'd love you to be part of it!

We're looking for willing volunteers to help with all sorts of aspects of the day including marshaling, entertainment, food and drink, Christmas decorations and more - and the sooner we start planning, the better the event will be! More »

So if you're brimming with ideas and want to be involved, please come along to the Festive Funday 2020 meeting in the Town Hall this February.

Date: Wednesday 19th February

Time: 6 pm

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Posted: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:27 by Jan Roomes

What does Climate Change mean?

What does Climate Change mean?

What is climate change?

Climate change refers to a large-scale shift in the planet's weather patterns and average temperatures.

How are humans changing the climate?

Before the Industrial Revolution, the average temperature across the world was stable at around 14°C (average Earth surface temperature). The Indus- trial Revolution began in the mid-1800s when humans began to burn fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas for fuel. More »

Burning fossil fuels produces energy, but also releases greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous monoxide into the air. Over time, large quantities of these gases have built up in the atmosphere. For ex- ample, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose by 40% during the 20th and 21st century.

Once in the atmosphere, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide form a 'blanket' around the planet. This blanket traps the heat from the sun and causes the earth to heat up.

This effect was noticed as far back as the 1980s. In 1988, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up to provide governments with in- formation to tackle climate change.

Evidence has shown that the high levels of greenhouse gases in the atmo- sphere are the leading cause of increasing global temperatures.

Scientists have been able to rule out natural events as causes of climate change, such as volcanic activity, changes in solar activity, or natural sources of CO2. These may, however, have a small effect, on top of human contribu- tions.

How fast is the temperature rising?

Since the Industrial Revolution, the average temperature of the planet has risen by around 1°C. It is also important to remember that the world is not

warming evenly, so the temperature increase is higher than 1°C in some countries.

What is the greenhouse effect?

When greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide build in the atmosphere, they act like a blanket around the earth. When sunlight (ultraviolet radiation) hits this blanket, it passes straight through and continues until it reaches the surface of the planet.

The earth then absorbs this sunlight and emits a different type of light, in- frared radiation, back out to space. As it leaves the atmosphere, the infrared radiation also hits the greenhouse gas blanket. Most of it goes straight through, but some of it is absorbed and goes back down to earth. This traps the infrared radiation and causes the surface to heat – a process we call the 'greenhouse effect'.

It is crucial to understand that the greenhouse effect is critical to life on earth. Without a blanket of greenhouse gases trapping in heat, the temperature would be bitterly cold, and humans would be unable to survive. However, by adding extra greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humans have created an enhanced greenhouse effect.

The greenhouse gas blanket is now thicker and is absorbing more infrared radiation than before. In other words, the greenhouse effect is stronger and, instead of keeping the earth at a stable temperature, it is causing the planet to heat up.

What are the sources of greenhouse gases?

Burning fossil fuels for electricity and heat production.
Gas emissions from Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use.

Feeding our livestock and ourselves, people have chopped down large areas of the forest and used the land to grow crops. Forests are very good at re- moving carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and so cutting down trees al- lows carbon dioxide to build up in the atmosphere even more.

Land can also be used to rear livestock, such as cattle for meat and milk. These animals produce additional gases, like methane. They also eat crops that might otherwise have been eaten by humans, meaning that even more land is required.

As well as fossil fuels, deforestation and land use, aeroplanes and the pro- duction of cement also contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide.

How much warming could we see?

Greenhouse gases can live in our atmosphere for tens or hundreds of years. The gases that are already in our atmosphere are effectively locked in and will contribute to increasing temperatures.

Even if we stop all emissions today, we cannot avoid some level of warming. The amount of warming we will see, beyond what we have already caused, depends on the changes we make.

In 2015, almost every country in the world signed a document promising to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Why does an increase in global average temperature actually matter?

Raising the surface temperature of the whole planet: air, land and oceans, means a vast amount of additional energy in the system. It is hugely destabilising. It is also unevenly distributed, with land mass areas heating up more.

  • Rising ocean levels – Rising temperatures are causing glaciers and ice sheets to melt, adding more water to the oceans and causing the ocean level to rise. Oceans absorb 90% of the extra heat from global warming: warmer water expands, and so our oceans are taking up more space. .
  • Ocean acidification – (reduction in the pH of the ocean) Ocean acidi- fication occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide and becomes more acidic. It is often called the 'evil twin' of climate change.
  • Extreme weather events – Climate change is causing many extreme weather events to become more intense and frequent, such as heat- waves, droughts, and floods.Climate change also affects people and ecosystems. For example:
  • Flooding of coastal regions – Coastal cities are at risk from floodingas sea levels continue to rise.
  • Food insecurity – High temperatures, extreme weather events, flood- ing, and droughts can damage farmland. This makes it difficult for farm- ers to grow crops and means that their yield of crops each year is un- certain.
  • Conflict and climate migrants – Climate change is a stress multiplier – it can take existing problems, such as lack of food or shelter, and make them worse. This can cause people to fight over resources (food, water, and shelter), or to migrate.
  • Damage to marine ecosystems – Rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, and ocean anoxia (lack of oxygen) are damaging to mar- ine life such as fish and coral reefs.How can Governments do to stop climate change? They can't but they can stop it getting worse!Plant trees
    Create Ocean Sanctuaries so sea life can flourish without the threat of indus- trial fishing help to restore the oceans natural balance.
  • There are dozens of ways that both HTC and us as individuals can help tackle climate change which I will cover later.
  • Replace fossil fuels with cleaner renewable energy like wind and solar power. Invest in low carbon transport solutions.
    Stop destroying forest for intensive agriculture such as cattle farming and palm oil plantations.
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Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:10 by Amanda Knight

Town Council Addresses Environmental Issues

Hunstanton Town Council aims to lead the change on reducing single-use plastics by going plastic free in 2020.

Single-use plastics are to be phased out from all the council's premises from the 1st February.

The UK Government has already confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds that will be coming into effect in England from April 2020. A spokesperson for HTC stated, 'We are putting our plan into action early to give businesses an opportunity to find alternatives before the holiday season. We are also taking our policy further than the Government and aim to ban all single-use plastics on our premises including disposable water bottles. A full list of banned items can be found on the HTC website and details will be sent to all venue hirers.' More »

HTC declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has since implement several new policies to address climate change and single-use plastic pollution. The Environment Panel, formed in the later half of 2019, has already tackled cigarette litter by installing a Ballot Voting Bin, sponsoring Hunstanton's first highly successful Vegan Fair and a range of environmentally friendly products are now on sale at the Tourist Information Centre. New recycling bins have been installed on all council premises and they are working closely with other organisations within the town to develop new strategies.

Cllr. Amanda Knight, chair of the Environment Panel said, "The council already works in partnership with projects such as Refill to help reduce single-use plastic within the town. As a council we have a commitment to the environment and our policies need to reflect this."

It has been acknowledged that some single-use plastics can be made available when it is essential for medical reasons or disability.

Hunstanton Town Council is currently undertaking a audit of single plastics and paper. Current items being phased out include the following. Please check back as more items are being added weekly.

Water

No water is to be sold or supplied in single-use plastic bottles. Hirers and their clients/customers may access free tap water at the venue's kitchens to refill reusable water bottles. The kitchens are stocked with glasses/cups which maybe used and some jugs are available. (We ask that venue hirers encourage clients/customers not to bring in water in single-use bottles for their own personal use). Water may be sold/supplied in cartons and cans. Water in cans is available from Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre.

Straws

Hirers are not to sell, supply or hand out single-use plastic straws on any council premises. Alternative solutions include stainless steel straws, paper straws and bamboo straws. Those with medical needs or disabilities and who may rely on plastic straws are exempt.

Coffee Cups

Hirers are not to sell, supply or hand out single-use plastic/polystyrene coffee cups on any council premises. Hirers are asked to encourage customers/clients to bring their own personal refillable coffee containers. HTC venues are well stocked with cups and mugs which hirers may make use of.

Plastic plates and cutlery/stirrers

Hirers are not to sell, supply or hand out single-use plastic/polystyrene plates or cutlery/stirrers at any council premises. HTC venues are well stocked with plates and cutlery which hirers are welcome to use.

Bags

Hirers are not to sell or supply single-use plastic bags; this includes biodegradable bags. Alternatives include 'bags for life' or paper bags. Hirers who are sub-letting the venue ie. for Craft Fairs/Gift Fairs are to advise sub-hirers accordingly.

Plastic Sachets

Plastic sachets containing single servings of sugar, ketchup, mayo etc. are not to be brought onto any council premises. Please bring full size bottles.

Balloons

The sale or supply of balloons are not to be brought onto any council premises for any reason whatsoever including children's parties. The release of balloons and lanterns are banned on all HTC and KLBC land.

Defra

A Government ban is proposed from April 2020 on plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers with further bans coming into effect in June 2021. » Less

Posted: Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:20 by Jan Roomes

The Mayor's New Year Message

"I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas break with their family, friends and loved ones. As we get back to our normal routines, it is time to turn our attention to the year ahead and think about and plan for the future, both as individuals and as a Town Council. We have a great community here in Hunstanton and I hope that each and every one of you looks to the future with a positive determination to make this year, 2020, the best yet. More »

Hunstanton Town Council has spent 2019 busily working away for the benefit of the local community and its residents, and 2020 will be no different. We strive to serve as volunteer Council members and value all the feedback, comments and ideas you give us.

HTC declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has since implemented several new policies to address climate change and single-use plastic pollution. As a council we have a commitment to the environment and our policies need to reflect this.

Our Community Engagement Panel work closely alongside the Clerk to promote Hunstanton Town Council and work close with the community of the town. In 2020 Councillor appointments will be available to book for anyone that has a matter they would like to discuss, for further information please contact the clerk on 01485 532402.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind people about the Hunstanton Community Award's, of which I will be delighted to present the awards this year at our Annual Town Meeting on 17th April in the Town Hall commencing 6 pm.

The award is to celebrate those people working tirelessly amongst us, in recognition of outstanding service to the people of Hunstanton, or perhaps a person who has committed a single act of bravery, heroism or selflessness in the past twelve months. Do you know of anyone who fits the bill?

Please come forward with nominations by writing to the Town Clerk, Hunstanton Town Council, Town Hall, The Green, Hunstanton PE36 6BQ or by email to clerk@hunstantontowncouncil.gov.uk The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th February.

I would also like to say a big thank you to all the KLWNBC Officers and staff who work tirelessly in Hunstanton to maintain the town facilities and gardens. Without their input and assistance with the Festival of Christmas Day 1st December 2019 the day could not have gone ahead so smoothly. I look forward to HTC & BCKLWN working together with the Seafront Regeneration programme and to ensure the public are kept up to date with all plans as they materialise.

In closing, I would like you, the residents of Hunstanton, to know that my fellow town councillors and our dedicated staff are here for you, and if they have any issues about the town you should get in touch with us. While we cannot promise to be able to solve every problem, we will always endeavor to do our very best to achieve some sort of positive outcome.

I'm looking forward to the remaining few months in my current term of office as Town Mayor, feel honored to serve and represent the people of Hunstanton and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous 2020. » Less

Posted: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 20:13 by Jan Roomes

PET FOOD DONATION POINT OPENS IN HUNSTANTON!

PET FOOD DONATION POINT OPENS IN HUNSTANTON!

The Barking Bugle And Lily's Pet Supplies Have Teamed Up To Help Feed Homeless Animals And Those Who May Be Struggling To Feed Their Pets.

Posted: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 09:36 by Jan Roomes

Lily to help people feeling lonely

Lily is helping people in the community who feel lonely or isolated this Christmas.

Lily, a local online directory containing around 3,000 listings, has a new sub-category this year that includes Christmas events in the community.

Managed by the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Lily helps people who are feeling lonely or isolated by providing one to one support and helping them to connect to organisations that can help in the area. More »

The directory can be accessed at www.asklily.org.uk or by calling 01553 616200, option 6. » Less

Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:26 by Jan Roomes