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Hunstanton Town Council moves forward with the Community Centre

Hunstanton Town Council moves forward with the Community Centre

At last Thursday's Full Council meeting members voted unanimously that Hunstanton Town Council (HTC) should proceed to purchase the Freehold of the Community Centre in Avenue Road from the BCKLWN (subject to contract) for just £1 plus disbursements (estimated in the region of £3,000) thereby acquiring the building and field as a community asset for the residents of Hunstanton.

The Mayor of Hunstanton Cllr Tony Bishopp reported 'When we talk about a community asset, we mean buildings or land which are used for the well-being or social interest of the local community. A welcoming, community space where people can come and enjoy themselves, meet friends and where residents are offered the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities and events within their locality.

Although HTC currently manages the Community Centre on a lease from the Borough Council, the transfer of the freehold will open the potential to bring in new sources of grant income, previously unavailable.

HTC recognises community assets should play a central role in the life of local communities, providing a hub for civic life and features that attract newcomers to an area, which can in turn help stimulate the local economy'.

Cllr Amanda Knight, chair of the Environment panel, stated, 'This is an exciting opportunity for the Council to incorporate a tree planting scheme around the perimeter of the community centre. This will not only enhance the cosmetic appearance of the site but will offer safe nesting for birds and improve the habitat of all wildlife there. We will also investigate the possibility of expanding the community orchard and will work alongside the Wild East project to rewild part of the area.'

As the centre slowly re-opens after 5 months closure due to the covid pandemic, small groups are enquiring about returning to the venue, maintaining strict social distancing and undertaking the extra cleaning regimes required as per Government guidelines and HTC's own risk assessment.

First to come through the doors were 'Friends of Hunstanton' last Friday morning, a group who welcome all to go along for a chat and a cuppa, especially those feeling lonely or depressed.

Future plans for the centre include the relocation of the 'Men's Shed'. A community space for men to connect, converse and create by holding activities often similar to those of garden sheds, for men to enjoy talking together and to help reduce loneliness and isolation.

HTC's Community Engagement Working Panel are currently looking at ways to help small groups and work closer with the community. If you would like to discuss your group or need assistance / advice on any community matter please contact the Clerk on 01485 532402 who can arrange for a Councillor to call you.

Hunstanton Residents Survey
Hunstanton Town Council will, over the next few weeks, be sending out to every householder in the Town, a 'Residents Survey', to hear for ourselves the views of residents to enable HTC to focus its efforts on the most pertinent issues within the Town.

Posted: Mon, 24 Aug 2020 21:01 by Amanda Knight

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