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Terms and conditions for events in public parks

Please make sure you have read the terms and conditions set out below as this is a requirement prior to completing the parks and open spaces application form.

1.1 The event is to be orderly and well conducted and no nuisance or annoyance is to be caused to local residents.

1.2 It is essential that all users arriving in motor vehicles park in the facility car park where provided and pay fees as per 'pay and display' charges as applicable.


1.4 In order to maintain good relations with the neighbours of the facility, users must refrain from slamming car doors and using vehicle horns in these areas, or doing anything which may cause a nuisance or annoyance to local residents.

1.5 At the conclusion of the event the organisers must forthwith take all necessary steps to return the venue to a clean and tidy condition to the satisfaction of the authority’s representative. The Hirer shall remove all litter and refuse from the site and dispose of the same in a lawful and proper manner, failure to do so shall entitle the Council to carry out such works as necessary, the cost of which will be a debt due from the Hirer. The Council will request a deposit of a minimum of £60.00 and up to £1000.00 will be paid by the Hirer to be received no later than 28 days before the event and will be banked by Wyre Forest District Council and refunded upon a satisfactory inspection of the site.

1.6 The organiser must make adequate provision for toilet and first aid facilities (including the provision of disabled toilets) based upon the anticipated attendance at the event.

1.7 No vehicles or equipment should be brought on site before the time agreed with the council’s representative. All vehicles and equipment are left at the owner’s risk.

1.8 No overnight stays shall take place without the prior written agreement of the Council’s representative.

1.9 An adequate number of stewards must be available to control participants and spectators. Stewards should be people who are aged 18 years and over. The number of stewards depends on the size of the event.

1.10 Amplification must not be used unless by special permission obtained in writing from the Council’s authorised officer. If permission is obtained restrictions on decibel levels will be specified and will need to be adhered to. The Hirer will ensure that they have sound monitors and that they monitor and record sound levels regularly throughout the event. This information to be supplied to the council upon request.

1.11 Chinese lanterns and balloon releases are prohibited at any event held at our sites, only helium balloons are allowed to be sold but not released at stalls associated with the agreed event

1.12 The Hirer shall make arrangements to provide all services required for the event in terms of water, power and drainage, including 24 hour security patrol if a facility is left onsite overnight. All electrical supplies must be PAT tested.

1.13 If the organiser wishes to have fairground amusements as part of the event, then no amusements may move on site earlier than a date and time agreed with the Council’s representative. All amusements must be removed from site by a further agreed time and date. Funfair proprietors must belong to the Showman’s Guild. No alcohol cigarettes or live animals are to be used as Prizes on fair stalls such as; goldfish.

1.14 No performing animal acts are allowed. Funfair and ancillary equipment must be closed down at no later then 10pm.

1.15 We have a safe and considerate code regarding the use of fireworks. Firework displays on any of our parks and open spaces should have an appointed professional organisation to set up, set off and dispose of all fireworks in a supervised and safe area. Firework displays need to be organised with consideration to the impact on local residents and animals. The Hirer needs to therefore consider using silent, low noise or quiet fireworks, The Hirer should also contact local residents to let them know of the intention of the forthcoming firework display. The Hirer should read and follow the guidance about the law on fireworks issued by the Government, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

2.1 Wyre Forest District Council must be indemnified against any damage or injury which may occur to persons or property in the sum of £5,000,000 or such other sum as may be specified by the Council in any individual case. The organiser must produce a copy of his/her insurance certificate not less than 14 days before the event. Failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of permission for the event.

2.2 The Council does not accept responsibility or liability for damage to or loss of any property, articles or things whatsoever placed or left in or on the Facility or any part thereof.

3.1 Site Inspection

WFDC may complete a before and after site inspection check carried out with the councils authorised representative. The council has a duty of care as the owner of the land to ensure that all health and safety elements are being adhered to by the Hirer, the council will ensure an independent health and safety check is carried out before or at the start of the event where it is deemed appropriate at a cost to the Hirer (and is included in the fee payable prior to the event).  In the event that the health and safety check identifies significant issues then the council’s representative will have the authority to request alterations to, or cancellation of, the event.

3.2 As part of the health and safety check, events taking place at Stourport Riverside will have environmental noise checks for decibel level readings. These readings should not exceed 100DB continuous rating at 3 metres in front of any stage on site; this should also ensure that readings across the other side of the river will therefore be at 60DB continuous rating or below.

3.3 Any electrical equipment using Park’s electricity supplies must be PAT tested.

3.4 Bouncy Castles - the Hirer shall be responsible for ensuring that when they are looking to hire a bouncy castle for use at their events that they have proof that it has had an annual test (RPII or PIPA) and that they conform to British Standards. The council shall not grant permission to the hirer should they fail to obtain and provide proof of the relevant testing and compliance of the bouncy castle. All reputable bouncy castles should be tagged with a unique number; risk assessments and method statements should be in place and all bouncy castles at events on Wyre Forest District Council's land must adhere to the operating standards for that bouncy castle.

4.1 No events will be allowed ice-cream and/or catering stalls without the express consent of the Council’s authorised officer. Such additional consent will be notified to the applicant in writing within 14 days of receipt of this booking form. (Event organisers should note that no other stalls shall be permitted to sell food, drink or ice-cream other than those agreed). All caterers must produce copies of relevant food hygiene and public liability documents.

4.2 The sale of alcohol is prohibited unless the necessary license has been obtained and prior agreement from the council’s authorised officer.

5.1 Any promotion banners need to be placed and removed in line with the council’s fly-posting policy with the applicant to notify the council in writing 14 days prior to the event taking place and no promotional banners allowed without expressed consent of the Council’s authorised officer. Advertisements/posters for community and charity events should not exceed 0.6 of a square metre, should not be displayed more than 14 days before the event begins and must be removed within two days after it ends. If advertisements for community or charity events are placed in inappropriate locations, or are of an inappropriate nature, then the District Council will normally contact the organisers, where known, and ask for the posters, banners, etc to be removed.

5.2 It should not be presumed that the District Council will automatically permit or disregard the illegal advertising of community events, charity events, travelling fairs or travelling circuses, and it reserves the right at all times to exercise its powers to prevent fly-posting where it deems it appropriate to do so. In all cases, advertisements should not be displayed without the permission of the owner of the site.

6.1 The Hirer shall be responsible for obtaining any necessary permission for the staging of their proposed event required by legislation, common law or bylaw. These shall include obtaining necessary consents from the Police, Fire, Licensing Authority, Magistrates, the Health and Safety Executive, the Planning Authority, as may be required from time to time. The Council shall not be held liable for the failure of the Hirer to obtain any relevant permission nor for any breaches of permissions of licences issued during the staging of the proposed event.

7.1 The maximum number of stalls which are permissible at any event is 50. Of the 50 stalls, or the total number let, only 40% of the stalls shall be operated by commercial traders.

7.2 No stalls which incorporate the following will be permissible:

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Children’s ride on amusements
  • Crazy Golf and putting
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Burger Bars

7.3 No fun fair rides will be permitted at any event except Stourport Carnival, where the size, type and number of rides requires the written consent of the Council’s authorised officer.

7.4 Event organisers must provide sufficient car park stewards for their event. There will be no vehicle parking allowed on site, movement on site to unload stalls, staging etc will be permitted between 7.30am until 10am, loading after 5.30pm. At Stourport Riverside while the vehicle barrier is open, there will need to be a dedicated marshal controlling any traffic movement and included in the risk assessment, so there is not a conflict between any vehicle and the public.

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