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Woking fireworks should continue but without inflatables says MP

Woking slide collapse

Published by Josh Kerr at 2:47pm 9th November 2018.

MP for Woking, Jonathan Lord, says he would like to see the town's annual fireworks event continue, but without inflatables.

He is meeting with council bosses today to discuss the future of the event after eight children were injured when they fell from an inflatable slide in Woking Park on Saturday.

Mr Lord has also joined MPs in calling for a temporary ban on inflatables in public places to carry out a review into how they are regulated.

He said:

"I think the fireworks have been a tremendous success in recent years, many thousands of people now gather every November.

"It would be an enormous shame for that to go, but I think we obviously have to review whether there should be any inflatables there.

"Even if they were to be safe, and I'm sure they would be, I think given what's happened I don't think people would expect to see inflatables at such an event for the next two or three years."

Since the incident Mr Lord says he has been in touch with fellow MP Robert Halfon, who has been leading the calls for a temporary ban after a girl was killed when a trampoline blew away in his constituency of Harlow in 2016.

Mr Lord added:

"We've had three major incidents over the last three years and that's too many.

"As a parent myself we know that our children love going on inflatables - they're a lot of fun - but we need to know that our children are safe.

"I think it's an appropriate measure to take stock, make sure that all the regulations are fit for purpose and that there's an inspection regime that is also fit for purpose."

He also joined the many voices that have given their support for the emergency service response to the incident, with organisers confirming that, instead of issuing refunds, the money would be donated to the air ambulance.

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