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A swimming pool, fewer coffee bars and a better shopping experience on Cromer folk’s wishlist of town improvements

PUBLISHED: 17:39 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 02 February 2018

Cornerstone Cafe volunteers Ray and Carol Loten, who think Cromer is becoming more of an

Cornerstone Cafe volunteers Ray and Carol Loten, who think Cromer is becoming more of an "all-round town". Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Better pavements, a swimming pool and drop-in café for young people were among the ideas on a wish list of enhancements to Cromer dreamed up by residents and visitors.

Lyndsay Stanforth, who says Cromer has a Lyndsay Stanforth, who says Cromer has a "fantastic" variety of shops. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Asked by the Enjoy Cromer More team what they thought would make the town a better place to live, a better shopping experience came out top.“We love the peace and quiet and the slow pace of life,” said Joy Hutchings. “It’s a lovely place to live, but I do think Cromer could do with a bit more choice when it comes to shops.”

Top of the list of favourite Cromer haunts for Amy Coates, 26, was the beach, but she agreed that a wider range of shops would be an improvement.

North Walsham couple John and Colleen Wicks, who think Cromer's seafront pavements need improvement. Photo: KAREN BETHELLNorth Walsham couple John and Colleen Wicks, who think Cromer's seafront pavements need improvement. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“I don’t like the fact that there are so many charity shops and cafes – it could do with being a bit more diverse,” she said.

Ms Coates’s partner Jack Cooper felt there should be more investment in the outskirts of town.

David and Joy Hutchings, who say Cromer needs a better variety of shops. Photo: KAREN BETHELLDavid and Joy Hutchings, who say Cromer needs a better variety of shops. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“I’d like to see more done with the Suffield Park end of Cromer,” he said. “There was talk about building a café there which is a great idea, but that’s no good when the playground needs so much done to it and I also think it’s ridiculous that with three schools, we don’t have a swimming pool.”

For North Walsham couple John and Colleen Wicks, who visit regularly, poorly maintained seafront pavements were the town’s only downside.

“It’s a wonderful place, it has kept its character and, where we have got lots of empty shops in North Walsham, in Cromer they are all open,” Mr Wicks said.

Lyndsay Stanforth, who works at Boots, in Church Street, thought the town needed a drop-in café for young people – and fewer coffee shops.

She said: “There isn’t much I would change, there’s a fantastic community spirit and a good variety of shops and I absolutely love the seafront and the prom.”

Ray and Carol Loten, who moved to Norfolk 40 years ago, both volunteer at the church-run Cornerstone Café, in the parish hall.

Mr Loten, who is also a church tower steward and a carnival volunteer, said: “We have got something very special in Cromer and the sense of community is just tremendous.”

He agreed, however, that the town needed a bigger variety of shops.

“I think it’s a real pity we lost the indoor market and I know we are a holiday resort, but there are a lot of coffee shops,” he said. “But Cromer is unique; it’s got the independent shops, the lifeboat and there’s so much going on – I think it’s becoming less of a seasonal town and more of an all-year-round town.”

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