A North Staffordshire council are considering banning bouncy castles on their land – due to safety concerns.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is looking at a scheme to prohibit third parties from setting up ‘inflatables’ at outdoor events on council land.
The plan follows a number of high profile injuries and fatal accidents on bouncy castles and other items, including inflatable slides, in recent years.
Events held on council land that use inflatables have in previous years included Cheadle’s Party in the Park and events in Leek and Biddulph.
High Peak Borough Council in Derbyshire, which the district council is in an alliance with, brought in a similar measure last month – although no other councils in Staffordshire are believed to have implemented bans.
The option, recommended in a council report, states: “Introduce a partial ban on inflatables permitting their use indoors, where use can be more rigorously controlled, by the site operator.
“They would not be permitted for use outdoors at events arranged by third parties when held on our land. This option reduces risk to users and restricts the use of inflatables outdoors, where the risk is highest due to changeable weather conditions or as an event organiser may not be aware of their responsibility.
“It is felt a partial ban preventing the use of inflatables at outdoor events when arranged by third parties on council owned land is the most sensible solution to reduce the risk to users and attendees.”
The proposal will be discussed by the council’s Service Overview and Scrutiny Panel at their meeting on March 18 – with the council’s Cabinet set to make a decision at a later date.