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Council blasted for pushing ahead with controversial glamping site

PUBLISHED: 17:12 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:58 31 July 2018

Protesters against a glamping site in Trimingham.  L-R, Parish council chairman Terry Brown, resident Linda Marriott and charity trustee James Kearns. Pictures: David Bale

Protesters against a glamping site in Trimingham. L-R, Parish council chairman Terry Brown, resident Linda Marriott and charity trustee James Kearns. Pictures: David Bale

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Residents claim they have been ignored over controversial plans for a glamping site in north Norfolk.

Neighbour Colin Mason looking over the proposed glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David BaleNeighbour Colin Mason looking over the proposed glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David Bale

Swallowtails Glamping in Holt won the tender from Norfolk County Council to create a site on land off Gimingham Road in Trimingham.

But residents are concerned about the plans for the site, which is accessed from a narrow, quiet lane, and fear an increase in traffic.

The site is also home to the Kearns Foundation which is a volunteer-run charity for young people whose camping sites are used by over 200 young people every year.

Ed Maxfield, county councillor for Mundesley division, said: “I am really frustrated that the county council does not want to listen to local residents.

Protesters against a glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David BaleProtesters against a glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David Bale

“They failed to understand how much this development would increase traffic on a narrow road that is already too busy.

“They pushed ahead with the plan even after we made clear the problems it would cause.

“Two chairs of the County Hall committee have just not bothered even replying to my request for them to meet residents.

“It just seems they are determined to grab the most money they can for the site as quickly as possible without considering the impact on the community.”

Protesters against a glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David BaleProtesters against a glamping site in Gimingham Road, Trimingham. Pictures: David Bale

A Norfolk County Council spokesperson said: “The decision to lease the land at Gimingham Road in Trimingham went before our Business and Property Committee in May. Once this decision had been approved, a tender process was implemented in which five bids were received. Due process had been practised and followed throughout.”

James Kearns, managing trustee of the Kearns Foundation, said: “Hundreds of young people won’t be able to use the site if this goes ahead.

“We own two cabins on the land. It has been used as a residential activity centre for youth groups, including vulnerable children, since 1987.”

Swallowtails owner Freya Henderson said: “It’s very early stages. We have not signed any contracts and it’s subject to planning permission.”

Gimingham Road resident Derek Haynes said: “The site is off a very narrow road where there have been accidents and there’s no speed limit. We have had no contact from the county council.”


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