Concerns raised at Cromer funfair meeting
16:26 18 July 2013
Archant Norfolk 2013
Funfair organisers have reassured concerned residents after it was revealed a long-running fair would take place near homes on the edge of Cromer.
The fair, which has been next to East Runton village for 37 years, is moving to the edge of Cromer’s Clifton Park this summer.
It is a switch which triggered concerns among residents of the estate.
A meeting on Tuesday saw residents quiz three members of the Gray family, who operate the fair whcih will run for 21 nights from August 2.
It was organised by the Clifton Park Residents’ Association, was attended by 50 people and lasted more than two hours.
Larry Gray said the move was due to a rent increase at the usual field which would have forced him to increase the price of rides from 99p.
After the meeting he said: “We respect families around us. We have a good relationship with every town, city and village we go to.”
He added the family was doing all it possibly could to appease homeowners who were worried about potential noise, traffic problems and pollution from the funfair.
Mr Gray said the rides would be in a compact area on the other side of the field to the houses; free parking would be provided and signs would be put up telling visitors not to park in the Clifton Park area; generators would be silent and clean; and noise levels would be low.
James Wilson, North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) environmental protection team leader, would be visiting the family-run fair at North Walsham next week and set noise levels for the Cromer event.
Mr Gray said the fair would not interfere with the Cromer Carnival and said he hoped to have talks with the owner of the East Runton field next year about rent for next year’s event. He hoped the funfair could return to East Runton.
As well as members of the residents’ association, the police were represented, as were members of NNDC and the Cromer Carnival Committee.
Margaret Bridgman, secretary of the residents’ association, said everybody was grateful the Gray family attended the meeting but there were still issues which needed resolving.
These included concerns about the wildlife on the field and a full risk assessment regarding traffic and emergency routes from the site had not yet been completed.