Circuit's party plan causes safety fears

Plans by Norfolk's premier racing circuit to host live music, plays, parties, drive-in films, and an ice rink, could hit the crash barriers next week following noise and public safety concerns.

Plans by Norfolk's premier racing circuit to host live music, plays, parties, drive-in films, and an ice rink, could hit the crash barriers next week following noise and public safety concerns.

The owners of the Snetterton race track, near Attleborough, want to extend their premises licence, including 24/7 drinking, to offer more off-track events.

But the proposals by Motorsport Vision could hit the stumbling blocks following a large number of complaints from neighbouring villagers.

Breckland Councillors are to discuss the licensing application next Wednesday, which has received nearly 50 objections from residents in Quidenham, Eccles, Kenninghall, Old Buckenham, and East Harling, over nuisance and safety concerns.


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Officials from the track, which is owned by former Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer, want to extend its premises licence from the Tyrrell's restaurant and bar to cover its pit lane suites and seven marquee areas within the racing compound.

If approved, they hope to host a range of entertainment from balloon festivals, conferences and banquets, murder mystery evenings, drive-in movies, dancing, karaoke, fairgrounds and ice rinks, with a capacity for up to 19,999 visitors.

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However, environmental health officers have raised concerns about the impact on nearby residents and say that all noise generating events should finish by 11pm and any sound from PA and amplified systems should not be clearly audible from the site's boundary. They also want to see more information regarding public safety arrangements for the circuit's marquees.

Breckland Council has already served an abatement order on the track following complaints about noise levels, which is being challenged by Motorsport Vision.

Objector Jeni Lentin, of Eccles, said it was “irresponsible” and “frightening” to allow 24 hour drinking at the race circuit, which was only accessible by car and would increase the likelihood of drink driving.

Clive Offer, also of Eccles, added that noise from the track had been getting louder over the last 25 years and the plans would cause “more stress” and “devalue” homes.

A licensing committee will discuss the premises licence from 10am on September 19 at the Breckland Council headquarters in Dereham.

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