Costessey residents’ objections to Norwich speedway track

People living close to the proposed site of Norwich's new speedway track have formed a Facebook group to voice their opposition.

A group of residents from the Queens Hills estate are worried noise and traffic from the potential track at the Norfolk Showground could make their lives a misery at race times.

Already more than 250 people have joined the Facebook page 'Petition group against speedway at the Norfolk Showground'.

Robert Spurgeon, a Queens Hills resident and one of the organisers, said: 'The main issue is the noise and the amount of time it is going to be going on.

'The high revs, and high-pitched screams of the racing engines will disturb people nearby. Queens Hills is only a mile away as the crow flies.

Mr Spurgeon, 34, a design engineer, said traffic on the 30 race days a year would add to an already-congested road network.

'It's bad enough when there's an accident on Dereham Road. The traffic backs up and just stops.

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'There's only one entrance to Queens Hills and sometimes you can't get out. I don't think they've thought about the long-term aspects of the traffic.'

He added: 'It's not a suitable place at all.'

New Firs Ltd, the company behind the proposal, revealed on Thursday its intention to submit plans for a 480-seater stadium on the eastern corner of the Norfolk Showground.

If plans are approved by South Norfolk District Council, racing could be back at the track by the end of 2013.

An exhibition of plans is being held at the showground today, and views of residents are being sought before the application is submitted.

Speaking on Thursday, Steve Ribbons of New Firs said specialist equipment, including engine mufflers and directional lighting, would limit noise and light pollution from the site, and Saturday had been chosen as race night to avoid midweek rush hours.

'These plans are as neighbour-friendly as possible,' he added.