Organising an event in a Salford public park, green space or open space

Event applications for group activities or events in parks or green spaces during National Lockdown 3 and Tier 1 - 4 stages

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic, Salford City Council cannot approve or consider any applications for events or group activities in Salford parks unless they are officially exempt from national restrictions that apply at this time. Any such applications will require robust COVID-19 secure risk assessments in place.

Applications for private gatherings, weddings or from commercial enterprises will not be accepted at this time.

This restriction on applications is in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the city. We apologise for any disappointment this causes but COVID-19 is still circulating, and the council must take steps to protect public health at outdoor venues and abide by the current government restrictions.

Applications for events from Easter 2021 onwards

Salford City Council will accept expressions of interest from event and festivals organisers from Monday 15 February 2021, for events that take place from Easter 2021 onwards. Applicants will then be contacted about the processing of their application and may be invited to discuss their events plans with the city’s Safety Advisory Group. This group meets monthly.

There are three steps to assessing your application in 2021

Step one

The Parks Team will check availability of the location on the dates and times you have requested. They will check the suitability of the park for the event described and the activities you intend to undertake, including arrangements for event car parking.

Step two

Your application maybe referred to the city’s Safety Advisory Group, this group is made up of key partners including Greater Manchester Police, regulatory officers and other emergency services. You maybe asked to supply your operational  and site plans along with significant crowd management plans. The COVID-19 guidance or regulations affecting your event, may be explained further at this stage.

Should issues around public health and the spread of COVID19 increase in Salford, you may be given additional advise or asked to postpone or cancel your event. This advice may differ from government guidelines issued at the time your application is assessed.

Step three

You will then be notified of the outcome of your application, along with deadlines for any additional paperwork, licensing, fees or insurance documents required. Should your application be refused, an explanation of the decision will be given. The final decision will be made by the Salford Safety Advisory Group in the event of an appeal.

Small gatherings form

Apply to hold a small gathering for up to 30 people in a public park, green space or open space

Event application form

Apply to hold an event in a public park, green space or open space

Physical fitness form

Apply to hold a fitness class or training in a park or open space

Travelling fairgrounds and amusement park applications for the funfairs and bouncy castle sector during National Lockdown 3 and Tier 1 to 4 stages

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic, Salford City Council cannot approve or consider any applications for travelling funfairs, amusement parks or bouncy castle operators (Travelling Fairground Sector) in Salford parks. Sites not available in 2021 include Monton Green, Clifton Country Park, Worsley Green, Blackleach Country Park and Kersal Wetlands.

This restriction on applications is in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the city. We apologise for any disappointment this causes but COVID-19 is still circulating, and the council must take steps to protect public health at outdoor venues and abide by the current government restrictions.

Applications from the Travelling Fairground Sector from Easter 2021 onwards

Salford City Council will accept expressions of interest from the Travelling Fairground Sector from Monday 15 February 2021, for residencies that take place from April 2021. Applicants will then be contacted about the processing of their application and may be invited to discuss their plans with the city’s Safety Advisory Group. This group meets monthly. All approved applications will be subject to the government COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in place at the time of the event.   

There are four steps to assessing your application in 2021 

Step one

The Showman’s Guild of Great Britain, in conjunction with the following associations, have published a COVID-19 Guidance for Risk Assessment for Funfairs 

  • Association of Independent Showmen (AIS),
  • Amusement Catering Equipment Society (ACES) and
  • Society of Independent Roundabout Proprietors (SIRP). 
  • Health and Safety Executive

The guidance includes references to:

  • HSG175 Guidance on Fairgrounds and amusement parks
  • CDM regulations 2015 (that relate to Building-Up and Pulling-Down)
  • Government guidance for operators working in the Visitor Economy
  • Government guidance on takeaway services

The risk assessment is on the Showmen's Guild website 

Applicants must agree to abide by the industry standards set by the Showmen’s Guild prior to application. Evidence of compliance will be required.  

In addition, Salford may refuse certain types of rides or devices dependant on the Tier level assigned to Salford at the time of application.

Step two

The parks team will check availability of the location on the dates and times you have requested. They will check the suitability of the park for the residency described and the activities you intend to undertake, including arrangements for event car parking.

Step three

Your expression of interest email will be referred to the city’s Safety Advisory Group, this group is made up of key partners including Greater Manchester Police, regulatory officers and other emergency services. You will be asked to supply your operational and site plans along with significant crowd management plans, photographs and paperwork for each attraction or device being brought onto the site. The COVID-19 guidance or regulations affecting your residency may be explained further at this stage.

Salford Safety Advisory Group will review all safety documentation and organise any safety inspections, advise or take advice on emergency route planning, impact on transport or traffic and crowd behaviour, licensing and comments from Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester and NWF&RS. Assessment of the ability of the operator to achieve high standards of equipment cleaning, crowd management, staff awareness and implementation of additional precautionary measures will be considered. 

Should issues around public health and the spread of COVID-19 increase in Salford, you may be given additional advice or asked to postpone or cancel your residency. This advice may differ from government guidelines issued at the time your application is assessed. Paperwork will be required for all devices four weeks prior to the residency. The paperwork must be complete.

Step four

You will then be notified of the outcome of your application, along with deadlines for any additional paperwork, licensing, fees or insurance documents required. Should your application be refused, an explanation of the decision will be given. The final decision will be made by the Salford Safety Advisory Group in the event of an appeal. An agreement will then be issued.

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