Fakenham referendum bid

People in Fakenham are determined to have their say on whether a controversial temporary travellers site is built on the edge of the town.

People at Fakenham are determined to have their say on whether a controversial temporary travellers' site is built on the edge of the town.

At a meeting on Friday, about 150 people voted for a referendum of Fakenham electors so residents can officially express their views about the proposals for the site off the A148 Holt road.

Everyone at the meeting, organised by Fakenham Action Group at the town junior school, was opposed to the site, which people said would be in the wrong place.

The required 10 people signed a petition asking for the referendum. The group hopes to be allowed to present the petition to the town council at its meeting tomorrow. If not, the action group will take its referendum call to the Fakenham town assembly meeting on April 11.

The town council will then pass the application to North Norfolk District Council, the body that would approve the referendum and then run it.

The poll could cost about £1,000, to be paid out of the town council's budget.

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At the meeting, it was suggested a fighting fund should be created to help with expenses.