Cheam Rotary's decision to ground Father Christmas is queried by the Health and Safety Executive

Grounded Santa decision queried

Grounded Santa decision queried

Grounded Santa decision queried

Grounded Santa decision queried

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter covering Wandsworth

The chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to the president of Cheam Rotary following his decision to ban Santa from standing on top of a moving float.

After a report in the Sutton Guardian last week, Judith Hackitt the chair of HSE wrote to Stephen Cunningham asking clarification on the ban which was enacted due to health and safety concerns

She said: "Clearly nobody wants Santa injured at this, his most important time of year. But regular parades take place all year around all over Britain and floats are a major part of that tradition.

"Others have been successful in finding ways of safely letting performers ride on vehicles so I am curious to know why you considered this was not possible.

"There may be genuine reasons why the Rotary Club has taken this decision, but there is nothing in health and safety law which stands in your way."

Mr Cunningham defended his decision, saying a vehicle used in previous years by the rotary club had minimal risks because Father Christmas was supported by a sun roof.

He said however, with the new vehicle this year, a high-sided transit van, Father Christmas would have to be fixed to the roof rack of the vehicle.

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He said the artificial Santa has already been damaged by branches and the local Rotary District, 1140, told them they would be breaking the law.

The sleigh, which raises money for local charities, has been doing its rounds as usual this year and is hoping to break last year’s record total of £11,800.

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4:41pm Fri 21 Dec 12

lilacgeorge says...

Why doesn't this come to Sutton anymore????
Why doesn't this come to Sutton anymore???? lilacgeorge
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10:09pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I passed the float working off Staplehurst Road yesterday evening and Santa appeared to be alive and well and waving to everybody from on top.
I passed the float working off Staplehurst Road yesterday evening and Santa appeared to be alive and well and waving to everybody from on top. Michael Pantlin
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