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Call for liaison group to oversee funfairs

TRAVELLING FUNFAIRS should be overseen by new liaison committees working with fair operators and local authorities, MPs recommended this week.

In its report, the Environment Transport & Regional Affairs Committee states: 'Such committees should include local councillors and officials, the emergency services, local residents and, of course, the showpeople themselves.'

The advice comes just two weeks after two members of the public were killed at travelling fairs in Somerset and Shepherd's Bush in London.

The report also recommends that an annual seminar be held between the Showman's Guild of Great Britain and the Local Government Association to improve communication.

Construction minister Nick Raynsford stated in the report that existing standards of fairground safety remained high.

He said: 'The number of fairground and amusement park safety incidents remains very low despite the increased length of the travelling season, the increase in the number of rides and the large increase in the number of amusement parks.'

The report continued: 'There is in place an agreed system of steps and checks which ensure the health and safety of fairground attractions from design to disposal.'

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