Falmouth residents ordered to take down bouncy castle in case someone is hurt
YOUNGSTERS in Falmouth have had their beloved bouncy castle taken away – because of health and safety rules.
Throughout the summer, children and families have enjoyed the inflatable toy bought and put up by Scott Truscott.
But he said he had to remove it after being told he could be sued if there was an accident on the green space belonging to Cornwall Council outside his property at Pengelly Place, Lamb's Lane.
"It is ridiculous," he said. "It is frustrating as it's for the children.
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"It keeps them occupied and close to home and there are always three or four adults supervising them. It just shows health and safety rules are beyond a joke. I can see the council's point of a view, but it is still a shame."
The father of three bought the castle to use for birthdays and street barbecues.
"Most of the residents here use it and our families come down."
Cornwall Council said: "While we appreciate the views of Mr Truscott, as the organisation responsible for managing the land, Cornwall Housing has a legal responsibility for any activities which take place.
"Allowing Mr Truscott to operate the bouncy castle would mean that we were giving him formal permission to continue and we would, therefore, be liable if any children were injured. In these circumstances we had no choice but to write to Mr Truscott requesting him to stop using the land for this purpose."
Bob Rollason, chairman of Lamb's Lane Ashfield Members' Association, said he felt the matter had to be reported to the council.
"We received complaints from residents about the castle, which was obstructing the footpath with cables and fencing, and we acted on that."
But Mr Truscott said the cables were covered with tape and the fencing was put up only once to stop the younger children wandering off.