The future of Blackpool’s famous landau fleet is to come under scrutiny following an accident on the Promenade which officers today warned could have killed someone.
In October holiday-makers, including three children, were dragged for a mile-and-a-half along the Promenade in an out-of-control landau after the horse bolted.
A six-year-old boy suffered a broken collar bone as a result of the incident.
A report to councillors says: “It is acknowledged this incident, which appears to have been caused by the horse being scared by a noise, could easily have resulted in at least one fatality.”
It adds: “The seriousness of the incident on October 28 has led officers to the conclusion that a full review of the use of horse drawn carriages on the Promenade is required.
“While the carriages are part of Blackpool’s tradition, members will want to ensure that if they continue to operate on the Promenade, any potential risks to the public, or the horses themselves, are minimised.”
The council’s public protection sub-committee agreed to refer the issue to the scrutiny committee for a review.
Mark Marshall, licensing and health and safety manager at Blackpool Council, told councillors: “I think we need to take a proper look at times, the environment and the conditions the landaus are being used in and whether that is meeting the public safety agenda.
“We have had an incident where a young boy was injured. Had that carriage wheel been two or three inches further up, we could have been dealing with a much worse situation and then the focus would have been on the local authority and what we had done.”
Public Protection sub-committee chairman Coun Adrian Hutton said: “It is 2007 since there has been any sort of consideration of this matter and there have been so many changes on the Promenade that we need to look at it again.”