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Fresh bid for Snettisham activity centre

Skyriders kite store is hoping to open an inflatable family amusement park in Snettisham which will include zorbing, water zorbing, trampolines and sumo suit arenas. Chris Fuller (in zorb) and Gary Hale with one of the two person Zorb balls

Skyriders kite store is hoping to open an inflatable family amusement park in Snettisham which will include zorbing, water zorbing, trampolines and sumo suit arenas. Chris Fuller (in zorb) and Gary Hale with one of the two person Zorb balls

Tourists could be having fun in a zorb ball or an inflatable slide in Snettisham if a fresh planning application is approved.

Neil Grant is now working in conjunction with the Stanton family to create the activity centre on land close to Snettisham Park .

Last year Mr Grant had submitted a similar application for a site in Beach Road but this was not successful.

A change of use planning application to create the activity park on a site between Bircham Road and St Thomas’ Lane was submitted to West Norfolk Council last week.

Mr Grant is hoping, if the application is approved, to have the park up and running this summer.

He said: “This part of the Norfolk coast needs something like this, which is a bit different.

“We have put a lot of effort into this application and hopefully this time it will go through.”

If the application is approved, tourists could be using water zorbing, body zorbing, sumo suits and bouncy boxing arena and trampolines.

Visitors could also try hill zorbing thanks to an inflatable ramp.

The proposed activity centre would use inflatable equipment.

This proposal could create three full time jobs along with six seasonal posts during the summer.

The application will use existing toilet and changing facilities at the deer park.

The application’s supporting statement says: “The proposed change of use will provide an added tourist attraction in this already popular location providing a boost to the local economy as well as an opportunity to link trips.”

The activity centre will not be positioned near the deer enclosures.

Snettisham Park is home to a herd of red deer and 54 escaped from their enclosure due to last week’s storms.

Trevor and Colleen Walters, the managers, searched for the herd during the night.

The animals, which included some pregnant hinds were found the following morning in a nearby field.

The park first opened to the public in 1986 and it has become a popular tourist attraction since then.

 

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