Access deal rejected in second North Runcton poll

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Voters in a West Norfolk village have overwhelmingly rejected proposals for an access deal with a church group for a second time.

A parish poll was held in North Runcton yesterday on the question of whether the parish council should sign a deed of easement with the Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA).

A total of 134 people voted in the poll, representing a turnout of 26.75 per cent.

Of those, 121, 90.3 per cent, voted against the proposal with 13 in favour.

The poll was requested by a group of villagers who were unhappy with how the issue was handled by the parish council, who held their own survey on it.

Seventy-five per cent of residents opposed the agreement in that survey, the results of which were published earlier this month.

But West Norfolk Council, who were responsible for organising the latest poll, said they could not legally stop it once it had been requested.

The agreement would have allowed the SDA access rights along a section of School Lane, which the parish council owns.

The road leads to an area of land east of the Green, which the SDA owns.

Officials from the group say they are still considering their plans for the site after withdrawing a bid to amend the existing planning permission last year.