Fed-up residents say they are facing a Bank Holiday from hell - as a fairground swings into action just yards from their homes.
People in Aln Street, Hebburn, say they have been had a rough ride from council chiefs who have given the green-light for a carnival attraction on a park overlooking their homes.
All the fun of the fair will be heading to Fountains Park for three days from tomorrow - but it will bring with it a barrage of noise, big crowds and parking woes to neighbour’s doorsteps.
Residents have issued a plea to organisers Turners Funfairs to move the show elsewhere next year - and called on South Tyneside Council to act.
Shirley Gardner, 58, said; “For three days every year it is horrendous. We feel let down by the council. How can a funfair be placed in a residential area? We don’t want to see the funfair stopped but there are other places that would surely be more suitable.
“How would anyone feel about having a funfair on their doorstep?”
For these three days every year it is horrendous.Shirley Gardner
Neighbours say they often can’t park their cars on their own street as funfair fans flock to the town.
Irene Hailes, 58, who works nightshifts as a nurse, says she has to use ear plugs in a bid to get some sleep when the fair rides into town.
William Heywood, 78, said; “There is music on all the time. It goes on all day long.”
Keith Turner, boss of Turners Funfairs, says he has never received complaints from residents but has vowed to ‘rectify’ issues of concern.
He said; “We are disappointed if we have upset any individual and wish to rectify any future issues. The park is the perfect site for safety issues with it being central and confined - especially for small children and families.
“There is a large car park opposite the event. We have signs asking and directing people to park their vehicles there and the sound levels are constantly monitored by an independent company.”
South Tyneside Council says previous shows at the park have pssed without incident.
A council spokesperson said: “We appreciate there may be some inconvenience to local residents while the funfair takes place.
“However we take on board their concerns and can assure people that we will be working closely with the organiser and our partners to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.”