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FURIOUS parents have hit out at a decision to allow a fairground to pull up next to a primary school in Earlston.

Wagons arrived at the site over the weekend.

But they have been met by anger.

One concerned parent told the Border Telegraph: "I find it to be a ridiculous decision to let travellers set up camp for a week in a primary school car park."

Many other parents took to social media to slam the decision to allow the fair onto the site.

Although the land is often used by teachers at the town's primary school for parking it isn't part of the school site.

The travelling fair, which is owned and operated by a Selkirk businessman, gained permission from Eildon Housing to use the land.

And bosses also met with school representatives as well as council officers.

The rides will be operational from Thursday evening through to Saturday evening.

A spokesperson told us: “This is a local funfair which is on land which does not belong to Scottish Borders Council.

“A licence must be granted if the funfair operator is a fit and proper person and the equipment operates safely.

“The funfair operator has met with school and SBC staff and is aware of the adjacent school boundaries and has agreed to restrict vehicle movements during school time, while extra supervision will be in place in the playground during school breaks.

“Alternative arrangements have also been set up for school transport and staff parking while the funfair is on the site.”