Residents’ fury over new site for East Runton funfair

Residents of Clifton Park, Cromer, unhappy that a funfair could be set up in a field close to their

Residents of Clifton Park, Cromer, unhappy that a funfair could be set up in a field close to their homes. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Furious residents will meet tomorrow with the operators of a long-running funfair to voice their concern about it moving to within 20 metres of their homes.

East Runton funfair has been coming to a field in the village for 37 years, and has grown to be one of the most popular summer attractions in the area.

But this year, the operators L Gray and Sons of Wymondham are planning to set it up on a field next to Clifton Park - about a quarter of a mile from the traditional site.

The news has angered Clifton Park residents, and tomorrow morning they will join the Grays, police and representatives from North Norfolk District Council to debate the issue.

Funfair operator Larry Gray did not want to comment ahead of the meeting, but the company's website says the fair will be coming for 21 evenings from August 2 for 21 nights, with rides priced at 99p each.

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Paul Hollis, chairman of Clifton Park Residents' Association, said: 'There are grave concerns from all of the Clifton Park residents that we've spoken to about all the issues association with the fair. Where it normally goes it isn't a problem.'

He added: 'The majority of the residents here are middle aged to elderly. There are hardly any children here. We would like it to be in its traditional setting - not 20 metres from our doors.'

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Jeff Bowyer, who said he was concerned about noise, said: 'We've only been told about it this week.' He added that he had 'no problem' with the Grays and accepted they had a living to make.

Another resident, John Hawkes, said: 'It's the noise the worries me. We could hear it clearly when it was further away.'

Residents said they were also concerned about parking problems and the potential for antisocial behaviour.

Cromer county councillor Hilary Cox, who lives at Clifton Park, said: 'There has to be consideration about the close proximity to residents. I've nothing against the fair - funfairs are brilliant. But it's not the right place.'

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