Thursday, July 26, 2012 3:17 PM Planners have unanimously given the go-ahead for an amusement arcade in Fakenham. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. But council officers will be negotiating with the applicant to shut at 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays, rather than 9pm as he had hoped.
Members of North Norfolk District Council s development committee, meeting this morning, decided to allow the change of use application for 16 Norwich Street, presently a Mattressman shop, which had prompted eight letters of objection. Fakenham councillor Roy Reynolds said he had reservations about the scheme and proposed the earlier closing time. But Mr Reynolds welcomed the eight full-time and four part-time jobs which applicant Sinan Aygun said the arcade would create.
Annie Claussen-Reynolds, who also represents the town, said that to suggest the arcade would be out of character in the Conservation Area setting would be an understatement. It was also disrespectful to the family businesses around it and she questioned the wisdom of encouraging young people to spend their money on gambling. But committee member Benjamin Cabbell Manners said town centres had to move with the times.
Whether we like it or not more people are shopping in warehouses or out-of-town developments. This is something different for Fakenham – at least it s something happening. Towns need to keep moving and re-inventing themselves.
Councillor Richard Shepherd said Sheringham had two well-run arcades which caused no problems.
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