The provision of winter quarters and the loss of fairgrounds are of constant concern to the Guild. When the travelling season is over, the showman needs a permanent base where he and his family can spend the winter months. Ideally it should be within reach of schools and shops, and be large enough to enable him to carry out the vital maintenance work on his equipment.
This need has been recognised by some local authorities, who have shown considerable understanding in the matter. Parliament, too, has been sympathetic and granted the Guild exemption from the licensing provisions of the 1960 Caravan Site Act. However, many established winter quarters have been lost in recent years because
of redevelopment schemes.
In too few cases have adequate plans been made for their replacement. In many the displaced showman has been treated
with indifference and insensitivity. A home is of vital importance to everyone - including the showman. He seeked neither charity nor favouritism - he asks only that he be accorded the same consideration as any other member of the community.