Local Authorities

Role of the ACP

Circuses traditionally use Local Authority sites such as parks and recreation grounds. The ACP believes that Local Authorities and other similar bodies should act in the best interests of the general public by ensuring that any circus that uses its land is a member of the ACP in the knowledge that it is dealing with an established and reputable circus that is a member of its industry trade body and complies with all regulatory requirements that the ACP is able to advise on.

The Local Authority has a comfort in knowing that the ACP offers a route for discussion and mediation in resolving difficulties. This is the general public guarantee of quality, best value, best practice and commitment.

All members of the ACP must carry Public Liability Insurance.

In recent years there has been a move by some circuses to use privately owned sites that can be used without the necessity of planning permission.

The ACP considers that circuses should be a direct tenant of the local authority which can then exercise adequate control through the site agreement prohibiting fly posting, requiring proper and effective management and where relevant imposition of suitable animal welfare standards.

ACP Code of Practice

A TEN POINT PLAN TO ENSURE YOU ARE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONALS
  1. VERIFY

    CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT www.circusgb.com FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE ASSOCIATION AND THE QUALITY OF ITS MEMBERSHIP.

  2. BOOKING PROCEDURES AND PAPERWORK.

    EACH MEMBER WILL COMPLY AT ALL TIMES WITH LOCAL AND NATIONAL DIRECTIVES AND CURRENT LEGISLATION. OUR MEMBERS WILL SUPPLY A POINT OF CONTACT AND A NAMED REPRESENTATIVE THROUGHOUT TO ENSURE THAT ALL GOES TO PLAN.

  3. PROMOTION AND MARKETING.

    EACH MEMBER CIRCUS WILL PROMOTE AND MARKET THE VISIT THROUGH BEST PRACTICE AND TO THIS END WILL LIASE AND SEEK SUPPORT FROM WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

  4. THE EVENT.

    THE ARRIVAL, SET UP, BREAKDOWN AND DEPARTURE WILL BE CONDUCTED AT ALL TIMES TO MINIMISE ANY IMPACT WHERE POSSIBLE AND CONSULT WHERE NECESSARY WITH THE IMMEDIATE COMMUNITY.

  5. PERFORMANCE AND VALUE.

    EACH MEMBER WILL BRING PROFESSIONAL QUALITY PERFORMANCE FEATURING INTERNATIONAL ARTISTES BASED ON CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL CONTENT. THE AIM OF EACH CIRCUS IS TO PROVIDE VALUE FOR MONEY AND ACHIEVE THE BEST SERVICE POSSIBLE FOR ALL ITS CUSTOMERS.

  6. SITE LIASON OFFICER.

    EACH CIRCUS WILL PROVIDE AN ACTIVE STAFF MEMBER TO OVERSEE THE DEPARTURE AND REPORT TO THE VENUE PROVIDER TO ENSURE A SATISFACTORY LEVEL OF SITE CONDITIONS AFTER THE CIRCUS HAS LEFT. (THIS WILL INCLUDE, THE SITE BEING SECURE, ALL RUBBISH AND EQUIPMENT REMOVED AND THE SURFACE LEFT, AS FAR IS REASONABLY PRACTICABLE, AS FOUND)

  7. BOOST TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

    BY USING LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR ITS PROVISIONS EACH MEMBER CIRCUS GUARANTEES SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND WILL WORK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH RECYCLING AND GREEN INITIATIVES. FURTHERMORE, WITH EACH MEMBER CIRCUS HAVING UPTO 70 PERSONNEL IN TOWN, LOCAL SHOPS AND BUSINESSES WILL RECEIVE A WELCOME INCREASE TO THEIR EARNINGS.

  8. MEDIATION

    THE A.C.P WILL PROVIDE LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH A MEDIATION SERVICE ON ANY OUTSTANDING ISSUES THAT CAN’T BE RESOLVED WITH A MEMBER CIRCUS RELATING TO ITS ACTIVITIES.

  9. SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CAUSES

    MANY MEMBER CIRCUSES HELP WITH LOCAL INTERESTS INCLUDING CHARITABLE COLLECTIONS AT VENUES UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY WITH ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE ROTARY CLUB.

  10. ASSOCIATION CONTACT

    WEVE BEEN AROUND SINCE 1932 AND WE ARE AS RELEVANT TODAY AS EVER BEFORE FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING MEMBERS, EMAIL THE ASSOCIATION AT secretary@circusgb.com OR CONTACT DIRECT ON 07050 282624

BY BOOKING AN ACP MEMBER CIRCUS YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WHICH WILL BE AN ASSET AT YOUR VENUE.

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