Park left like a ‘mud pit’ after six-day circus visit

Vehicle tracks in the waterlogged grass after the circus left Endcliffe Park in Sheffield
Vehicle tracks in the waterlogged grass after the circus left Endcliffe Park in Sheffield
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RESIDENTS said a Sheffield park was left looking like a ‘mud pit’ after hosting a circus.

Zippos Circus left Endcliffe Park on Tuesday night after a six-day stay as part of a national tour.

However, the park surface was badly damaged by a combination of the circus vehicles and heavy rain.

Park-user Ciaran Skinner, aged 21, from Millhouses, said: “It’s not like the grass will grow back in a week. It’s just a big mud pit.

“They must have known driving lorries in would have ripped up all the grass.”

Sheffield Council has apologised for the state of the park and said it was working with the circus to restore it.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The exceptionally wet weather we had over the weekend has unfortunately resulted in damage to the grass where the circus was in Endcliffe Park. I saw it on Monday and was shocked to see the mess.

Chris Barltop, for Zippos, said: “The circus pays a large deposit to the local authority against any possible damage.

“It’s not a case of the council tax payer being left to foot the bill. Zippos regrets any damage that was caused.”

Coun Bowler said: “In line with their agreement with us, Zippos has confirmed it will be taking action, working with our officers, to repair the ground at no cost to the council. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to park users, but would like to let people know the surface will be repaired as soon as possible.”

Mr Barltop said Zippos was sending some of its own staff back today to do as much work as they could to rectify the damage before the council took control using the deposit paid to it.