Complaints over noisy fairground

Keep the noise down! That's the view of residents who claim their homes are reverberating to the sounds of a nearby funfair.

IPSWICH: Keep the noise down! That's the view of residents who claim their homes are reverberating to the sounds of a nearby funfair.

The Evening Star reported last week how a fairground was being set up on the old bakery site in Norwich Road.

The fair, which features dozens of rides including a ferris wheel, roller coaster and waltzer, opened at the weekend and will run daily between 2pm to 10pm until Sunday.

But Carole Steward, 53, of Marlow Road, said: “We live over a mile away and all I can hear is boom, boom, boom - it's really loud.

“You can hear thumping music all day and the announcer speaking over a loud speaker.

“The fair might as well be in my living room- that's how close how it seems. I'm not a kill-joy but this is too much.

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“We live in a modern house with thick walls yet it still gets through. I dread to think what the people who live closer to it are hearing.”

Margaret Royle, 65, also of Marlow Road, added: “I've lived here nearly all my life and I've never known such a racket.

“You can hear the music and people's screams from the rides really clearly - it's a struggle to watch TV in the evenings or have a conversation without becoming distracted.

“When music concerts have been held at Portman Road in the past you could hear the noise but it was never as bad as this - something should be done.”

John Bugg, who helped organise the fair on behalf of John Thurston Funfairs, said: “You can't please everybody.

“But if people do have a problem they should come and speak to me. We have volume controls on all our rides - this is something that can easily be addressed.

“On the whole the reaction has been positive. There hasn't been a proper fair in Ipswich for ages and we've got a great selection of rides.”