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Dave Griffin, owner of Quads N Castles

Dave Griffin, proprietor of Quads N Castles has branded the ban ‘ridiculous’ (Image: SWNS)

A killjoy council has been criticised for banning bouncy castles Wyre Forest District Council has left kids “devastated”  in any respect their summer time occasions in a transfer blasted as “health and safety gone mad”.

Wyre Forest District Council has left kids “devastated” after saying all inflatables can be prohibited from any festivals and events on council land.

There at the moment are fears main occasions throughout Worcestershire may not even happen this 12 months because of the lack of play gear for teenagers to make use of.

Dave Griffin, proprietor of occasions rent enterprise Quads ‘N’ Castles, branded the choice “ridiculous” after receiving an e mail detailing the ban this week.

Dave, 56, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, mentioned: “I just think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I have been helping out in the community for 12 years now and never had a single accident.

“I’m the principle provider for West Mercia Police and West Midlands Police, social companies and college occasions. So why is the council any totally different?

“I supply the events and offer wristbands at discounted prices so children from the most deprived areas don’t miss out. This new rule has come out of nowhere as we’ve never had any problems or accidents at our events.

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There are now fears major events across Worcestershire might not even take place this year (Image: SWNS)

“Not all dad and mom can afford to take their kids to Alton Towers or pay for extortionate fairground rides. The neighborhood, together with deprived and underprivileged youngsters, are those who will endure most from this.

“The children will miss out but also the parents will potentially have to dip into money set aside for bills to make sure their children don’t go without over the summer.”

The e mail said inflatable play gear was now banned on council land attributable to insurance coverage corporations now not providing cowl to the council for inflatables. But Dave insists that any points can be lined by his insurance coverage and the council wouldn’t be liable.

He added: “They are saying its to do with the insurance but we have our own insurance anyway for every single event so I’m not sure why that is an issue. “They have despatched me an e mail which just about says do not try to problem our determination as a result of we have made our thoughts up.

“I’ve tried to call them twice for some sort of explanation but I’ve just been ignored. We’ve got councillor support, everyone thinks its mad. No other area has banned all inflatables that I can see.

“It occurred in Scotland however they did a U-turn after a backlash after realising how foolish it was.


Dave insists that any points can be lined by his insurance coverage (Image: SWNS)

“We’ve got an event next Sunday but as it stands we can’t take any inflatables, there’s going to be a lot of disappointed kids.”

Dave says he was insured for as much as £10 million however his different purchasers, together with West Mercia Police, mentioned they solely required him to be insured for £5 million.

He diminished his insurance coverage legal responsibility to £5 million on the finish of May, however he’s keen to extend it again to £10 million if it makes the council change its thoughts.

He mentioned: “We are first aid trained and insured, we are fully staffed and health and safety checks are always carried out before we let children use our quad bikes or bouncy castles. I have 24 staff and now I am going to have to tell some of them that I don’t have work for them.”

“We just want the children to have a fantastic day out and I am more than willing to upgrade my insurance cover back to £10 million if the council will change their mind. But I have tried to contact them and they seem unwilling to negotiate.”

The transfer has been branded “health and safety gone mad” by one councillor who believes the council needs to be standing as much as the insurance coverage corporations.

Lib Dem councillor Fran Oborski mentioned: “It strikes me that the council have taken a step too far with this rule.

“It is totally ludicrous and the insurance coverage corporations are killjoys. The council needs to be difficult these corporations. Dave does a lot locally and will not even let kids get on the council castles whether it is too windy.

“He has all the health and safety in place and insurance he needs for the inflatables.

“I utterly agree that legal responsibility, insurance coverage and well being and security must be a precedence for the council, however this feels a bit like well being and security gone mad. The council has mentioned ‘inflatables’ are prohibited.”

“I feel this must be higher outlined as may this embrace balloons. Imagine not having the ability to take balloons on council land.”

John Davis, the secretary of Friends of Brinton Park, was due to hire Quads N Castles for their event in the Kidderminster park this Sunday.

He said: “We’re a non-profit organisation and because it stands we’ll have to rent a separate entertainer and will lose a whole lot of kilos. It’s all as a result of the council are afraid of being sued if anyone will get injured.”


Locals don’t want any children to miss out on summer events (Image: SWNS)

Mum-of-two Abigail Westwood, 36, of Bewdley, is due to take her two children, aged three and five, to the Brinton Park event this weekend.

She said: “My eldest is devastated as we have been to the occasion earlier than and had a superb time there. We’ll nonetheless go nevertheless it is perhaps a little bit of a let down if there isn’t any inflatables to play on as that’s their favorite half.

“It just sounds a bit of a barmy decision to me and I imagine some events might now be cancelled if they don’t see common sense.” A spokesperson for Wyre Forest District Council mentioned: “We really don’t want to be spoiling children’s fun or stopping there from being bouncy castles at events in our open spaces.

“We try to stability the mitigation of danger and act in a method which does not influence on the neighborhood. The place for the time being is a hirer should have the suitable cowl, which is £10 million.

“There are other conditions which need to be met too so that everyone is covered. We are working on this and we’re hopeful that we can resolve this issue shortly. We don’t want anybody to lose out.”