Noise row puts King’s Lynn Motor Club rally’s future in doubt

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A West Norfolk car club has claimed it is being barred from staging a charity rally on an airbase because of complaints about noise.

Members of the King’s Lynn Motor Club say the future of the event is now in doubt because of the uncertainty over the availability of their usual venue, the RAF Sculthorpe base.

But defence chiefs have insisted they would be prepared to accommodate the event, if it adheres to tighter noise level conditions.

The annual event, which was most recently held last November, is the club’s traditional fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The rally has staged several thousand pounds for the service over the years, including a donation of £870 from the 2015 event which has just been presented.

But the club claimed this week that it had been refused permission to use the airbase for the foreseeable future by the Ministry of Defence.

Club chairman Mark Banham said: “This is quite a blow and a great shame because it has been our main fundraising event for many years.

“The club will, however, continue to support the Air Ambulance through its other motorsport activities.”

The club says that, although it is looking for an alternative venue, the future of the rally is in doubt.

But the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which is responsible for sites like Sculthorpe, has denied turning the event away.

A spokesman said yesterday: “We have informed King’s Lynn Motor Club that we would grant permission for the event but with noise and speed restrictions.

“This is in response to feedback from the local community and for health and safety reasons.”

However, officials from the Tattersett parish council, in whose area the base stands, have told the Lynn News they have not been made aware of any concerns raised by residents about noise from events taking place on the base.

They say several events are held on the military installation each year and nearby residents have not voiced any concerns.