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Classic Car Rally Cancelled

Thursday May 8 2014

Cannon Hall Cannon Hall

A POPULAR classic car rally at Cannon Hall which raises money for local charities has been cancelled - after council officials said it doesn't meet health and safety requirements.

The event, which featured more than 550 vehicles last year, is put on by Barnsley Rotary Club. Organiser George Wild said it is with a heavy heart July's event has been shelved.

Since its inception 15 years ago the event has raised more than £100,000.

George said: "It is a very sad state of affairs and the losers will be local charities." 

The rotary club was told it would have to pay a £250 land rent fee, £748 in council staffing costs and £300 for a legal agreement. George said none of these have been charged before.

It was also advised to use a traffic management company and have an ambulance and paramedic on site for the duration of the rally, costing a further £2,000.

George said: "Based on this we were faced with a minimum cost of about £3,400 to stage the rally, which would obviously have a major impact on the amount we would possibly raise on the day and therefore we took the decision to cancel.

"While we understand health and safety requirements are a must, we do feel that this has been taken out of context."

He said there has been no involvement by the council's events management team before now and this year's rally was planned to be no different to the rest.

A council spokeswoman said: "The event was found to have inadequate medical cover and the traffic management plan was not robust enough.

"An event safety committee meeting was held with the club, fire, police, ambulance service and council representatives and it was confirmed the event would need a static paramedic and ambulance on site."

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Reply Posted by King Louis on Thursday May 8 2014 at 11:28
its a safety mad world that we live in today. No! is the favorite answer to doing anything... I read that the council cancelled a 1940's weekend at Elsecar because the battle scene re-enactor's needed to have people as Germans to have the actual battle with and it may cause someone to faint out of shock of seeing a German uniform ....so it was duly cancelled.. Again a big No! from Barnsley the cretin council

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday May 8 2014 at 11:53
i agree medical services should be present at these events for the safety of all concerned. The H&S is though to be fair, getting way out of control and is costing business a fortune, just to keep in line with it all. If the procedures are not carried out to a tee the organisers/employers are liable to not only massive fines but a jail sentance. If someone gets injured or has a heart attack at the event then the council would be liable. As far as the medics go, there would be a public outcry if someone was injured and assistance had not been provided. Thecouncil will be forced to carry out all correct procedures as set up by H&Safety. The blame is not with the council here. I am just in the middle of updating my H&S and it is quite mind boggling. Just as an instance,fines are imposed immediatly should the H&S posters not be upto date,and if I recall,its £1500! H&S will eventually be the death of many events and many small business,s. Its so expensive and difficult to keep abreast of the regulations that many business,s have to employ outside help,me included, and let me say,its not cheap. I dont know if the council have been heavy handed,but to be fair to them,they will be carrying out correct procedures that are the law im afraid. The worlds gone mad and the nutters are making us follow thier nutty rules.

Reply Posted by allan machen on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:16
wot els are they going to cancel wot about canceeling the german market gay pride march and the mayores parade y dont they just canel everything then nobody will visit barnsley

Reply Posted by allan machen on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:17
health n safty wot ever happend to common sence

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:37
I agree allan machin. we are all being dictated to, whilst these jobs are being made to instill these laws,other jobs are being lost due to costs of running a business. Ive had my eyes opened. As part of H&S, staff needing to climb a ladder have to be trained to do so and sign on the dotted to say that they have been trained. If the correct procedure hasnt been carried out, an accident will mean an instant fine for the employer. In that instant,usually compo would have come in,but most employers would have paid full wages until the employee was back at work. Business is being bullied and treat as if they are intentionally putting staff at risk. Quite depressing.

Reply Posted by cp on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:06
is it me or is it mainly the council that is benefitting from the 'health and safety measures'? i completely agree there should be an ambulance or some sort of medic but why does there suddenly need to be all the others? and why is land rent relevant to health and safety? its been running for 15 years and only now that these measures are needed. whats wrong have the council promised someone some money???

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:17
I'm not sticking up for the council,but I can assure you that they will in no way be benefitting from the H&Safety measures. Veryvsoon we may all have to sign on the dotted to say we,ve been trained to use a pen or put a hi-viz jacket on properly.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:18
You can't follow the rules that you like and disregard the ones you don't @ cp. The problem is that there are too many stupid and unnecessary ones these days.

Reply Posted by Marc on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:27
Am sure St. John's ambulance being there and having their own stall would be enough.... I don't see all these other compulsory things at car boot sales or the fairground when it's in town

Reply Posted by chris ledger on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:37
As a classic car owner and regular yearly displayer at this excellent show and being a born and bred Barnsley resident I find it disgusting that the Council cannot pay the £3400 estimate costs !!!!! . The show benefits local charities for Gods sake !!! They obviously are not bothered about the local people who vote them in !! but then again the decision makers in the council are not voted in !!!!! They should ba ashamed to be doing their job for the communities in and around OUR beautiful Town, Pull your fingers out Council and reverse your decision and PUT your hand in your pocket and use some of MY local taxes to fund this event !!!

Reply Posted by John on Friday May 9 2014 at 12:23
To be fair if they had paid for it there'd be a bunch of people on here slagging them off for wasting money.

Reply Posted by allan machen on Friday May 9 2014 at 14:52
or have they realy cancelled it as they may be sum german cars there that might upsett sum people

Reply Posted by Smiffy on Wednesday May 28 2014 at 11:47
It doesn't seem fair to cancel the classic car show which is a static event when they are letting the motorbike show continue in June at wombwell kart track. They have bikes wizzing round the track then riding through the crowd to get back on the track. Wheres the health & safety there? I don't think they have a traffic plan or an ambulance. It seems like one rule for one and another rule for others.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday May 28 2014 at 12:19
Is the bike event run by the council? If not its up to the organisers to sort health n safety etc.