A FUNFAIR has been given the green light by councillors despite objections from nearby elderly residents.
Charles Cole’s Funfairs will bring rides and entertainment to Cams Alders Recreation Ground, in Fareham, for one week later this summer.
The funfair had originally applied to go on Titchfield Recreation Ground, but was thrown out because councillors were worried about damage to the sports pitches.
The funfair had also put in for another week at Park Lane Recreation Ground, near Fareham Leisure Centre, which was also rejected due to residents’ noise concerns.
The approved application will see the fair come to Cams Alders, near the Rainbow Centre, Fareham Heathens RFC and Fareham Town Football Club, for a week.
Executive member for leisure Cllr Connie Hockley said: ‘When we met Mr Cole he underlined that this is a family business and that he intends to makes contact with the nearby Rainbow Centre with a view to offering the children a free afternoon on the rides. I’m comfortable with the application and wish it every success.’
Cllr Hockley said that Mr Cole had also offered to support the Fareham Park funfair with rides later this year and that he was working with nearby Fareham Town Football Club.
Ward councillor Dennis Steadman made a deputation against the proposals saying that while he was not against a funfair somewhere in Fareham, this was not the best location.
Cllr Steadman said: ‘There are very elderly residents living nearby who may be concerned about new faces crowding their space and going past their door. In fact, one of the nearest residents is 101.’
He also raised concerns about large vehicles coming on and off the site and asked for a consultation to be held.
Fareham South councillor Leslie Keeble said: ‘Anywhere we have a fair we are going to have noise and I don’t think that area will be surprised to hear that, given what activities usually take place there.
‘It has got my whole-hearted support and I hope to take the grandchildren there.’
The fair runs from Thursday, September 5.