2,300 want fair to stay

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MORE than 2,300 people have signed a petition in support of a fairground which has operated in a Sheffield park for nearly two decades - after council chiefs decided to invite new tenders.

Sheffield Council, which is the trustee of Endcliffe Park, said it had decided to review all contracts to private companies providing facilities there, and invite them to bid for new tenders.

The process has already happened for the park cafe.

But parents are lobbying the council to allow the Pullin family, which currently runs two roundabouts, bouncy castle and inflatable slides, to stay.

Mum-of-three, Katherine Wilkinson, aged 41, who lives off Glossop Road, presented a petition with 2,314 signatures to Sheffield Council’s cabinet in support of the family.

Katherine, who has two daughters, Elizabeth, aged eight, and Annabel, five, plus a son, Thomas, four, said: “It’s the service the Pullins provide. For a very reasonable price of £1.50, as long as it isn’t busy, the children can use the bouncy castle until their legs will work no longer or have as many goes on the slide as they like.

“The children love the amusements and the parents love the value for money and safe environment.”

Robert Pullin said: “We’ve been at Endcliffe Park since 1990 and would like to stay.”

Sheffield Council leader Coun Paul Scriven said: “The amount of signatures shows the affection people have for the Pullins. However, by law, we cannot just give them the contract - if we did, some other operator could challenge us in court.”