“Did we just get dumped over there?” Council hears fears over Hunstanton Inn

Serious concerns have been raised about the conditions of residents living in a homeless hostel in Hunstanton.

Councilors were told this week that a number of residents at the Park Road site have died in recent years as several other issues, including months without ongoing management, have also been reported.

But the organization that runs the site yesterday insisted that ‘planned improvement works’ to the property are currently underway.

The issues were raised at a meeting at Hunstanton Town Hall.

The conditions were raised by a resident of the hostel during a public question session at Hunstanton Town Council’s final meeting on Wednesday evening.

He first asked if the members were aware of the issues in the building and claimed that he had been without permanent leadership since last December.

The resident, who said he had lived there for six months, warned of exposed woodwork posing a fire hazard and alleged residents had been left without proper kitchen facilities for several days during recent renovations.

He asked, “Did we just get dumped there? Is someone going to intervene?

The meeting was also informed that there had been several deaths at the facility in recent years.

Allegations about the circumstances of a death at the hostel were also made in an online review Lynn News saw, although officials say the deaths that occurred were from natural causes.

The resident added that the conditions at the hostel were starting to impact his mental health, but said county adult social services officials refused to intervene when he raised his concerns with them.

Town clerk Jan Roomes said the issues have also been raised with local police and she will keep members updated on any further developments.

Andrew Jamieson, who is a member of Norfolk County Council’s cabinet in addition to his duties as councilor, also asked to speak to the resident after the meeting about the issues raised.

The session was told the facility is run by Sanctuary Supported Living, which also oversees the Merchants Terrace facility in Lynn, which provides accommodation and support for people with drug and alcohol problems, and around 300 others. nationwide sites.

A spokesperson for Sanctuary told the Lynn News yesterday: ‘A planned improvement works program is currently underway at this property and we can also confirm that cover has been put in place to manage the program at all times. .”



Linda G. Ibarra