Mascots bring indoor play plea to government

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More than a dozen mascots descended on Parliament Square and Downing Street on 16 July, in an attempt to urge the government to save indoor play parks.


The costume characters represented venues from across the country, with the protest following the launch of a petition by BALPPA in a bid to get clarity on how and when to re-open safely.

“Over the past month, more than 20 of our members have gone out of business,” said BALPPA CEO Paul Kelly.

“A survey we conducted among our members showed that nearly two thirds of the remaining centres will permanently shut by October.”

Despite the government allowing other “close proximity” leisure venues to re-open as of 1 August, indoor play centres are still subject to indefinite closure.

Janice Dunphy, who runs Web Adventure Park and chairs the Family Entertainment Association, was at the protest, and told the York Press “we’re down to our last few pounds.”

“I’m having to make horrendous decisions every day. We have had no financial help as our rateable value is more than £50,000 and we can’t claim insurance.”

“Before all this, we had saved £150,000 to make improvements to the park, but all that’s gone now.”

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