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Green route, street pastors for Royal Welsh

Created on 04/07/2018 @ 09:38
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A number of safety and welfare improvements will be introduced in and around Builth Wells for the Royal Welsh Show, from July 23-26, following a wide-ranging review and recommendations in the wake of last year’s tragedy involving Montgomery young farmer, James Corfield.

The Builth Wells Event Safety Group includes key organisations, such as Powys County Council, all emergency services, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Builth Wells Town Council, Penmaenau Farm, Wales YFC, event organisers, local councillors and volunteers, working together to improve the safety and welfare of people in the area during the week of the Royal Welsh Show week.

Among the features are a new ‘Green Route’ path from the Builth Wells town to the Royal Welsh Showground, Penmaenau Farm and campsite and the YFC Young People’s Village. The path will be clearly sign-posted from the town to the various venues using new finger-post signs and green footprints.

Details about the route will be highlighted on a new local map and will be featured along with other show visitor information via the Royal Welsh Show app, available to download for free from the App store and Google Play.

Existing public footpaths in the area will not be closed during the event and stewards will be on-hand at night to help direct show visitors from the town to the venues. 

Improved welfare facilities include the introduction of street pastors who will operate in the town in the run up to the show week and through the four days of the event. Supported by staff from Powys County Council youth service, they will be based at the former Tourist Information Centre which will be used as a welfare base at night.

A new temporary fence, funded by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, will be erected between the Groe and the river before the show and removed after.

The Welsh Ambulance Service are also committing additional resources to the area, including a 4x4 joint response vehicle. Improved CCTV will be in operation.

The safety group will continue to review safety and welfare arrangements and recommend improvements where necessary for future events.

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