Hunstanton Town Council

Serving the people of Hunstanton

Town Hall

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

  • Sunset in Hunstanton

    Sunset in Hunstanton

  • Mayor Tony Bishopp presents Corporal Hill with the Trophy for Cadet of the Year

    Mayor Tony Bishopp presents Corporal Hill with the Trophy for Cadet of the Year

  • Best Coastal Winner 2019

    Best Coastal Winner 2019

  • Hunstanton Army Cadets Light Parade January 2020

    Hunstanton Army Cadets Light Parade January 2020

  • Pet Food Donation Point
  • The Bandstand

    The Bandstand

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.

Use the search function or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for.

If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Agendas & Minutes - The quickest and easiest way to find agendas and minutes is to view our Council Meetings Calendar, here you will find the documents associated with each meeting linked to the calendar entry.

Council meetings are there for your benefit, why not come along and have your say as there is public question time or just sit and listen to the business being discussed. The Council welcomes members of the public to get involved.

Full Council meetings take place on the third Friday of every month at 6.30pm at the Town Hall.

Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre

Open Daily

Monday - Sunday to 28th March 2020 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Monday - Sunday from 29th March 2020 to 30th June 2020 10 am - 3.00 pm

Monday - Sunday from 1st July 2020 to 20th September 2020 9.30 am - 4 pm

For more detailed 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

Join Hunstanton Town Council and help make a difference

If you live in Hunstanton and are wondering how you can help your friends, neighbours and the local area, then why not consider joining Hunstanton Town Council as a local Councillor?

Hunstanton Town Council are looking to fill the two remaining vacancies with dedicated, committed and passionate people who are willing to give their time and energy to get involved with the community, working with fellow councillors for a better future for Hunstanton. More »

As a local councillor, you will contribute to the development of policies and strategies and you may be involved in scrutinising council decisions on large and small issues, but most importantly, you will be representing the views of the people who live in Hunstanton.

So if you're a good communicator, have special skills you think will help the community or you simply want to be part of the team that shapes the future of Hunstanton, then please get in touch.

Contact our clerk Jan Roomes on 01485 532402 or email clerk@hunsantontowncouncil.gov.uk to find out more. » Less

Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:30 by Jan Roomes

Norfolk County Council Local Transport Plan

Find out more and have your say on Norfolk County Council's Local Transport Plan

Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2020 19:43 by Jan Roomes

1953 Floods Memorial Service 31st January 2020

1953 Floods Memorial Service 31st January 2020

On Friday 31st January 2020 at 10 am the Mayor of Hunstanton Cllr Antony Bishopp had pleasure in welcoming Lt Col Jared Williams & SMSgt Steve Pressler of the 67th Special Operations Squad alongside local residents to a short Ceremony at the Flood Memorial in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1953 floods.

The mayor gave a short background to the floods followed by a service by Father James Monroe from St Edmund's Church. More »

The Mayor laid a wreath, kindly made by Maria Rix at the memorial in the Heritage Gardens.

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Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 09:31 by Jan Roomes

Holocaust Memorial Service 27th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Service 27th January 2020

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

Light refreshments were served afterwards in Council Chamber to all those who attended.

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:31 by Jan Roomes

Mayor Cllr Tony Bishopp visits Hunstanton Army Cadet Force

Mayor Cllr Tony Bishopp visits Hunstanton Army Cadet Force

On Thursday 23rd January, Mayor Councillor Tony Bishopp and Councillors Robert Corby, Wendy Croucher, Verity Jowett & Michael Ruston were delighted to visit the Hunstanton detachment of the Army Cadet Force to watch the Cadets parade and witness part of their training.

During the evening, the Mayor took part in an inspection of the cadets with Britannia Company's OC Major Bagge which was followed by a presentation of the Cadet of the Year Trophy for 2019 to Corporal Hill. More »

After a few short words from the Mayor and Major Bagge the evening's training began, giving the Mayor and councillors an opportunity to see what happens on a training night and at the end of the evening, Major Bagge promoted two of the cadets from Corporals to Sergeants. Well done to Sgt Bailey and Sgt Hill!

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has nearly 40,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. When it comes to fun, friendship, action and adventure, it's hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.

Become an Army Cadet and you'll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.

Hunstanton Detachment of the AFC parades on a Thursday Evening at the Hunstanton Community Centre between 19.00hrs-21.30hrs. To find out more, visit the Norfolk AFC Facebook page or go to www.armycadets.com » Less

Posted: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:26 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

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