MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF HUNSTANTON
HELD IN HUNSTANTON COUNCIL CHAMBER ON
FRIDAY 14th JANUARY 2011 AT 6.30 PM
Present: Mayor: Cllr. P Mallam Deputy Mayor: Cllr C Bower
Town Councillors: G Smith R Bird J Smith R Searle B Devlin
C Earnshaw J Maiden A Murray M Pearson D Jones
J Hornsby-Bates E Clutton C Odd (p/t)
1 x member of the Press
9 x members of the Public
Town Clerk & Deputy Town Clerk
Fr J Bloomfield (p/t)
BCllr E Watson
P Jermany-(BCKLWN) & N Woonton-(EA) (both p/t)
Fr J Bloomfield led the Council in prayers.
2. Apologies For Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr V Parnham & BCllr J Law
3. Residents Question Time
E Bird reported that over 1,000 people had attended the Pantomime in the Town hall and
£3,000 had been raised towards the kitchen for the basement.
S Burgess reported that the vast majority of residents in Seagate Rd remained opposed to the
latest plans for the old Kit Kat site.
N Burgess asked that HTC support the Seagate Rd residents in their opposition. There needed
to be development of the site but in keeping with the area and not the present proposal.
L Stuart-Jones also asked HTC to support the residents as what was needed was a restaurant or
a public space for the elderly and children to enjoy. The Oasis and CHS amusements were
already there and another out-of-place building was not what was required.
4. Management of Hunstanton Cliffs
N Woonton from the Environment Agency reported that the EA were responsible for Flood and
Coastal Defence below sea level and the BCKLWN were responsible for coastal land and the
cliffs. The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) gave an overview of the coastal defence and
erosion problems and had 4 policy units. No2 unit was concerned with Wolferton Creek to
South Hunstanton and No 3 unit was concerned with the remainder of Hunstanton and the Cliffs
looking at 25 years time scales. The current policy was to let the cliffs erode naturally but from
2055 it might be possible to install some prevention measures. However there was a need to
establish what might be needed to intervene and the EA in conjunction with the BCKLWN
were improving monitoring with more frequent profiling and laser monitoring of the cliff face
to confirm erosion rates, causes and rates of sediment transport to the south and identify options
to halt the erosion, including costs.
Cllr Maiden asked why there was a need to delay further when it was self-evident that the cliffs
were eroding? Rock armor was needed.
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Cllr Bird considered it inappropriate to wait until 2055 to do anything to which Mr Woonton
replied that the SMP would be reviewed every 10 years.
Cllr Murray stated that the green swath on top of the cliffs needed to be protected as part of the
conservation area and Mr Woonton suggested that the Cliff Top Residents Association become
involved in the discussions.
Cllr Devlin suggested that a continuation of the promenade all the way to the end of the cliffs
would help prevent the cliff erosion.
Cllr Searle thought that central government had de-valued coastal protection and tourism over
the last 20 years and it was important for residents to take part in the debate.
Mr Woonton suggested that the previous drop-in sessions had been successful and a workshop
to demonstrate the laser monitoring and future plans could be useful with specific leaflets being
targeted to the Cliff Top residents and advertising in the Newsletter.
The gentlemen were thanked for their presentation.
Mr Woonton & Mr Jermany left the meeting at 7:03 pm
5. Police Liaison Officer
There was no police report.
6. Borough Council of King‟s Lynn & West Norfolk
BCllr Watson reported that the lease for the Princess Theatre had finally been signed and the
hand-over would be on 17th January 2011. There was a Regeneration Meeting scheduled for 5th
February 2011. Proposals were being put forward for entry into the Green Flag competition for
the Lower Green and Esplanade Gdns. 10,000 bulbs had been planted in the verges down Oasis
Way and the In Bloom Committee would meet on 21st January 2011. The St Edmund‟s wolf
was being removed for repairs and refurbishment and there was a possibility of a blessing
service sometime in late March/early April after its reinstatement.
Cllr Bird asked why it was necessary for all the financial cut-backs when the BCKLWN had
reputedly the largest financial reserves of any authority in the country.
Cllr J Smith asked what was happening about the St Edmund‟s Trail? BCllr Watson agreed to
Cllr Devlin asked that financial support for the Hunstanton Football Club be provided by the
BCKLWN if it had so many reserves.
Cllr Maiden asked why a land swap for the Kit Kat site was not being pursued when the Seagate
Rd residents were so against the planned building. BCllr Watson agreed to investigate.
Cllr Searle reported that the original plans for the Kit Kat site in the regeneration programme
were supported for an iconic building. Following the demise of the EDA the BCKLWN had
formed local partnerships with Peterborough and Greater Cambridge as well as the Norfolk &
Suffolk LEP and hopefully funding opportunities would come through those links.
The Mayor of King‟s Lynn was hoping to raise money for a specific charity and it was
suggested by Cllr Searle that a joint venture with Hunstanton via a „Race Night‟ might be
suitable. It was greed that the Social Events W/P be asked to consider the matter.
7. Norfolk County Council
There was no report.
8. Mayor‟s Remarks
The Mayor reported that event attendance had been sparse recently, however he had attended
the United Churches Carol Service in the Town Hall on 13th Dec., the Fancy Dress Christmas
Swim on 25th Dec., the Hunstanton Pantomime in the Town Hall on the 6th & 11th January 2011
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and there was to be a car boot sale in the Town Hall on 16th January which needed support from
9. Minutes – Confirmation of
The minutes of the meeting of the Full Council held on 10th December 2010 were considered.
RESOLVED (unanimous) the minutes be approved.
10. Minutes – Matters Arising
Full Council 16 July 2010 ~ Item 15 Letter from Mrs. Fairbrother re barrier arrangements on
Cliff Top Car Park The Clerk advised that an email had been received from BCKLWN
quoting the title numbers of the Land Registry and that the register could be inspected after
payment of the appropriate fee. Cllr Murray said that it was a totally unacceptable response to
the question of an emergency entry key and similar difficulties were being experienced at other
car parks. It was agreed that the Town Clerk should pursue this matter.
No questions had been submitted.
12. Committee Recommendations
The Recommendations made at the General Purposes, Town Hall Management, Finance &
Quality Council Committee meetings held on 5 January 2011, copies of the minutes, which had
been distributed to councillors prior to the meeting, were considered.
RESOLVED (13 for & 1 against) the recommendations made at the meeting of the General
Purposes Committee held on 5 January 2011 be adopted.
RESOLVED (unanimous) the recommendations made at the meeting of the Town Hall
Management Committee held on 5 January 2011 be adopted.
RESOLVED (unanimous) the recommendations made at the meeting of the Finance Committee
held on 5 January 2011 be adopted.
RESOLVED (unanimous) the recommendations made at the meeting of the Quality Council
Committee held on 5 January 2011 be adopted.
13. Casual Vacancy
Following the resignation of J. Law consideration was given to filling the vacancy for a
councilor by co-option. Only one candidate had expressed a wish to become a member.
Caroline Odd gave a brief résumé of why she wished to be a councilor and what she could bring
to the Town Council.
RESOLVED (unanimous) Caroline Odd be co-opted as a Hunstanton Town Councillor with
immediate effect and be a member of all 5 committees.
Cllr Odd made and signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office and took her seat as a Town
14. Localism Bill Working Party
Consideration was given to the formation of a Localism Bill Working Party.
RESOLVED (unanimous) a Localism Bill Working Party consisting of Cllrs, R Bird,
A Murray, J Maiden, J Hornsby-Bates, C Bower, C Odd & E Clutton be formed.
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15. Planning Application 10/01908/FM 9-11 Seagate Road
Consideration was given to the planning application 10/01908/FM 9-11 Seagate Road, (the old
Kit Kat site).
Cllr Clutton declared a prejudicial interest, (interest form completed and attached to the
minutes), and said she wished to echo the remarks that had already been made during Item 3
about the size and mass of the building and that she had reservations about safety issues with
road traffic . Cllr Clutton then left the meeting for the further duration of the item.
Cllr Odd declared a personal interest, (interest form completed and attached to the minutes).
Cllr Murray thought that the plans would have been more acceptable if there had been only 4
stories instead of five and doubted whether flats of that nature would work in that area and
the land could perhaps be put to better use. Cllr Maiden agreed.
Cllr Searle said he would speak but not vote as he had a personal interest as the Portfolio holder
for the area, (interest form completed and attached to the minutes). He understood the residents
objections but the wider picture needed examination as a reduction in height might not make the
building commercially viable.
Cllr Murray stated that the original Kit Kat building was only 2 stories and not as high as the
Oasis building. The owner had previously stated that the 4th story was vital but not the 5th.
Cllr Earnshaw stated that she kept changing her mind over the application but the site was an
eyesore. Perhaps the building would be better with 4 stories.
Cllr Maiden recognized that the developer had gone a long way to overcome the objections so
far but the residents still thought it was too high.
RESOLVED (12 for & 2 abstentions) HTC object to the planning application but if the 5th
storey were to be removed from the plans then HTC might be minded to support the
Cllr Clutton re-joined the meeting.
16. Policing Budget 2011/12
Consideration was given to HTC representatives attending the Norfolk Police Authority
consultation at Police Headquarters, Wymondham on 20th January 2011.
It was agreed that Cllrs R Bird and E Clutton attend the consultation.
1. NCC Information re: New Power & re-cycling plant at Saddlebow, King‟s Lynn.
2. EA Your Flood Warning Service leaflet ***
3. NPTP Initial training for Clerks & Councillors details of courses. Spring 2011.
4. NALC Community Led Design workshop Tues 8th March, Old Costessey.
5. NRCC Signpost newsletter December 2010.
6. NNAB Norfolk & Norwich Assoc for the Blind Annual report 2009-2010.
7. CPRE Norfolk Awards 2010.
8. CPRE Green Buildings in Norfolk Vol. 11
9. CPRE Norfolk Voice newsletter December 2010.
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10. BCKLWN Response letter dated 10th December re: Parking by Mr P Smith of Nottingham.
11. NRCC email dated 7th Jan 2011 re: “People who don‟t ask” event 26th Jan.
at King‟s Lynn
12. Norfolk Constabulary email dated 13 Dec 2010 re: Convictions for summer time
disorder - previously forwarded to councillors.
13. EA Internet report re: Wolferton to Hunstanton Stakeholders Sub-Group
Newsletter 2 December 2010 - previously forwarded to councillors.
14. Norfolk Constabulary email dated 13 Dec 2010 re: West Norfolk home security
reminder – previously forwarded to councillors.
15. Norfolk Constabulary email dated 4th Jan 2011 re: Heacham shop burglary - previously
forwarded to councillors.
16. Maureen Minter note dated 11 Jan 2011 re: more about damage to bus shelters.
17. Claire Bloor Card of thanks for donation to the Hunstanton Community Choir.
18. BCKLWN Address change: addition of number. Christian Science Society
10 Queens Drive.
#1 A copy of the information was made available to Cllr Murray.
#8 The brochure was made available to Cllr Maiden.
#16 At the request of Cllr B Devlin the Deputy Town Clerk read out the letter and confirmed
that responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the bus shelters had been
established as lying with the BCKLWN and all previous and current correspondence
from Mrs. Minter would now be forwarded to BCKLWN for action.
#17 At the request of Cllr G Smith the Deputy Clerk read out the card‟s content.
15. Additional Residents Question Time
Cllr Clutton asked about the financial contribution for the Pathfinder Project advertised in the
BCllr Watson advised that there was an exhibition in the Duke‟s Head Hotel in King‟s Lynn
relating to the matter.
Meeting closed at 7:55 pm.
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