Chapelfield Gardens Easter Funfair organisers defend themselves against complaints of late night noise

From left, funfair stewards Jon Green, Richard Hart and Jonathan Gray.

From left, funfair stewards Jon Green, Richard Hart and Jonathan Gray. - Credit: Archant

People living next to a Norwich park have complained that noise from a nearby funfair is keeping them awake at night.

The funfair at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich.

The funfair at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

The annual Easter Funfair returned to Chapelfield Gardens on Wednesday, bringing with it an array of rides and games.

But some people living nearby have described the six-day event as a 'nightmare' due to loud music and shouting.

Organisers, meanwhile, say sound levels are being monitored by Norwich City Council, and that they had received no complaints.

The fair is open every day from 12 midday to 10.30pm until Monday, April 17, when it closes at 10pm.

A sign advertising the Easter funfair in Norwich.

A sign advertising the Easter funfair in Norwich. - Credit: Archant


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One woman, who did not wish to be named, said people living on Chapel Field East were planning to report the noise issue to City Hall.

'It is a nightmare for the neighbours who have to sleep and work tomorrow,' she said.

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'It [the noise] is all day, but once it went dark the music was higher [louder] and the guy with the microphone started shouting higher too.'

It is understood that noise from the fair is not to exceed more than 86 decibels.

The fair's chief steward, Jonathan Gray, said organisers were 'very strict' when it came to decibel checks.

'We keep it as quiet as possible,' he said. 'But noise does travel further when the city goes quiet at night.

'You have to realise that we come into Norwich every Easter. It is a chartered fair and last year we never had any complaints.'

People living nearby on Chapel Field North and Walpole Street said they were less bothered by the noise.

But they did question why events like the funfair could not be moved to a park further away from people's homes.

Christine Brook, 50, who lives off Walpole Street, said: 'I can cope with it and it is a nice fair to come to, but you can hear all the screaming from here.

'I can't see why they don't put it on Earlham Park.'

A lodger living on Chapel Field North, who did not wish to be named, said: 'The noise this year seems less than previous years. They are very good at keeping to curfews.

'But for residents here, there is no break from the noise. I think there is a bigger question for the council about where to stage these events in the future.'

Do you have an issue with noise? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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