Efforts to silence the gallopers' noise

A Victorian funfair ride at a tourist attraction train station is trying to stop noise disturbing neighbours by using railway carriages as a sound barrier.

A Victorian funfair ride at North Norfolk Railway's Holt station is trying to stop noise disturbing neighbours by using railway carriages as a sound barrier.

The gallopers owned by North Walsham kennels boss Nikki Jones were used at the station for part of last summer.

Now she is applying for planning permission to site them there, and says the 1893 ride, build by Frederick Savage in King's Lynn, addsto the Victorian feel of family days out on the line.

However, two letters of objection from local residents complain about noise from the ride's organ and hooter.


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Officials at North Norfolk District Council say the operators aim to re-position the gallopers and plan to block noise using rolling stock.

They are recommending that today's west area development control committee grants a temporary one-year permission, once environmental health officers have assessed the hooter and are happy with the sound reduction measures.

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