To assist members who embark upon planning applications, the Guild have set a designated Planning Committee, who have issued
a brochure entitled "Model Standard Package", which contains useful information in the process of preparing planning applications.
The Guild has also set up other designated committees in specific fields to help its members they are the Promotions Committee, the Insurance Committee and the Education Committee, all members of these committees are elected annually by the Guild's Central Council. Equally important is the safeguarding of fairgrounds. Again, redevelopment schemes have taken their toll of sites, particularly in town centres, where fairs have been held for several centuries.
Their loss, especially where no alternative is offered, is unfortunate in several respects: the town loses part of its heritage, local people are denied the continuing opportunity of an essentially popular form of entertainment and the showman loses part of his livelihood.
In environmental terms, fairgrounds merit the same attention as conservation areas or public amenities such as open spaces.
They represent an important element in the history of towns throughout the land as well as providing a unique and valuable form of recreation. Indeed a recent report commissioned by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions on travelling fairs concluded that travelling fairs can give immense pleasure and that it would be a foolish local authority which does not do all it can to encourage the staging of travelling fairs.
The report further concluded the travelling funfair industry is immensely valuable in economic, social and historical terms.
The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain has played a
key role in ensuring that this is so.