A father has vowed to put up a bouncy castle for his disabled son’s birthday tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, despite community leaders telling him that he can’t.
Bryn Robinson says he has been caught up in a “turf war” over the right to determine the use of an area of common land in North Runcton known as the village green.
Although parish councillors voted against the plan at a meeting last week, Mr Robinson maintains he had already been given permission to put the castle up by the common rights holder, who is adamant it should still proceed.
And Mr Robinson is planning to go ahead with the celebration for his son Aaron, who has global developmental delay, a condition through which abilities such as perception and judgement are impaired.
He said: “We know we’re going to gethung by somebody, so we might as well enjoy ourselves.”
Although the parish council claims to own the land, Mr Robinson said he was initially advised to approach John Fuller, who claims he is the common rights holder for the land, about putting the castle up.
While Mr Fuller agreed to the request, Mr Robinson said he had advised him to write to the parish council to inform members of the plan.
But he said: “They took it as a request and it wasn’t a request. It was stating what we were going to do in accordance with what John said.”
Mr Fuller told the Lynn News that he had been common rights holder on the land for 42 years and his father had held the rights for 14 years before that.
He claims to have books and documents on the subject dating back to the 1920s.
And, asked whether the event would go ahead, Mr Fuller said: “It will happen definitely, 100 per cent.”
The parish council declined to issue a statement, though it was confirmed that the issue of whether a “private party” could be held on the green was discussed at the authority’s meeting last Tuesday.
Mr Robinson was formally informed of the council’s decision in a letter this week.
A spokesman insisted that the parish council had owned the land since 1978, when it was given to the authority by the lord of the manor.
He added that members felt a review of the council’s policies relating to village assets was also needed.
But Mr Fuller said of the council’s ownership claim: “They don’t know what they’re talking about.
“They can’t tell me what I can and can’t do. I’m telling you and I’m telling them.”
And Mr Robinson said the parish council had not produced any proof of its ownership of the land.
He said: “This has created a massive issue for us because we’re stuck in the middle of a turf war.
“All we really wanted was a bouncy castle for the boy for a couple of hours for his birthday.”