KIDS’ playparks face mass closures as the only insurer willing to cover them is threatening to back out.
Zurich reportedly said it is unlikely to renew policies about to end.
Charities warned that 70 playparks, many in deprived areas, could shut. Experts say they are vital in helping kids’ development.
Nicola Butler, of Play England, said: “This is potentially a real nightmare. They can’t open if there isn’t public liability insurance.”
In emails seen by The Times, underwriters from Zurich said its “appetite has changed towards adventure playgrounds”.
A letter to Glamis playground in Shadwell, East London, said they “pose unique risks to an insurance company.”
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Zurich also mention a growing “claims culture” and the “increase in the cost of settling claims”.
Suzannah Walker, from Glamis, was not aware of any claims in 15 years.
Hornimans in West London and Felix Road in Bristol were also sent similar notices.