Group calls on councils to allow funfairs to open

A group of SLOT women are campaigning for funfairs to be able to reopen.

Under the government's roadmap, outdoor attractions, including funfairs and fairgrounds, were allowed to open from 12 April.

But Future 4 Fairgrounds, which includes operators from Berkshire and Surrey, said some councils are still blocking travelling funfairs.

They said it comes after a hard year for those who run funfairs, which were forced to close due to Covid-19.

Under current rules single households, a group of six people, or two households are allowed to visit funfairs - which are not subject to a capacity cap, although the government expects these events to have fewer than 4,0000 attendees per day.

Despite this Future 4 Fairgrounds said fairs with all the mitigation measures and risk assessments are still being refused permission to open by some councils.

Joannie Peak, of Shayler's Family Fun Fair, explained: "A lot of councils are putting the funfairs with events. Funfairs are not events.

"We're small family businesses attracting people from the village.

"We're not a big theme park that's attracting people from all over England."

This month Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick wrote to councils to "cut red tape" for outdoor hospitality.