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Show action following tragic James death

Created on 29/08/2017 @ 06:52
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Powys County Council has agreed to co-ordinate a Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Safety Action Group consisting of key partner organisations, to help improve the safety of people attending the Show, young people’s village, Penmaenau and Builth Wells.

Emergency services, RWAS, venue organisers, volunteers and a variety of Powys County Council services met to review event arrangements following the tragic death of show visitor James Corfield from Montgomery (pictured) last month. 

Powys County Council Leader, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, said the council supported the establishment of a review group to examine issues such as lighting, fencing, transport, medical centres and street pastors or similar to reduce future risk.  

“We are all desperately sorry for the family that this tragedy occurred and believe that, whilst many improvements have been made to the event and the safety of people attending over the years, we need to look at everything with fresh eyes,” she said.

“It is important that we use our combined experience and knowledge to improve the safety of people moving between the four main venues – the showground, young people’s village, Penmaenau and the town itself during the week.

“The greatest challenge will be issues in and around Builth Wells town centre and I want a radical look at how we look after visitors to the town at the important event,” she added.

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive, RWAS said: “The RWAS will continue to take an active role in all efforts to ensure that all events associated with the Royal Welsh are carefully planned in a way that maximises safety.”


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