Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos provided by John Maiden
The cat is out of the bag re the recent lottery bid by Hunstanton Civic’s Society. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), having assessed their £7.48m application for the creation of a new Hunstanton pier and two heritage centres have now decided that the Fund was unable to support the project. To date, HLF has made 98 awards in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk totalling £11.4m and it is a shame that on this occasion Hunstanton has missed out.
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:
“Whilst we commend Hunstanton Civic Society for their desire to create a new pier, we were unable to support this project as there is so little of the original historic fabric of the previous pier remaining. The Heritage Lottery Fund is always available to provide advice to organisations considering applying for a grant and we would be happy to do so should the Civic Society want to discuss any future plans with us.”
John Maiden’s reaction on behalf of Hunstanton Civic Society:
“Members of our committee were disappointed with the outcome, but will accept the invitation to discuss future plans with the HLF. There is clearly a need for a heritage centre of some kind in Hunstanton, it is just very unfortunate that West Norfolk Council failed to enforce the repairing covenant in the Pier Lease when most of the pier was washed away in 1978, or again in 2002 when the final remnant was removed after fire had destroyed the entire entrance building. Had this small section of pier been preserved the HLF would have been more likely to fund the reinstatement of the whole structure. However, since the 999-year pier lease has another 8 centuries left to run, there will clearly be opportunities to build a pier on the original footprint if money can be found from other sources…”