Further safety improvements planned for the 2019 Royal Welsh Show
15 July 2019
Safety measures introduced by the Powys County Council led Builth Wells Event Safety Group for the 2018 Royal Welsh Show will return alongside a new medical and welfare facility based out of the Strand Hall.
The 2019 actions build upon measures introduced for the first time in 2018 following the tragic death of a Powys young farmer at the event in 2017
Among the features returning are the 'Green Route' path from the Builth Wells town to the Royal Welsh Showground, Penmaenau Farm Campsite and the YFC Young People's Village. The path will be clearly sign-posted from the town to the various venues using finger-post signs. 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.
Details about the route will be highlighted on a 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.
A temporary fence, funded by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, will again be erected between the Groe and the river to help improve safety. The fence will be put in place before the show and removed after the event.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have provided water safety training to operational staff. Licenced premises have also received drug awareness and crowd management training delivered by CAIS, Kaleidoscope, and Dyfed-Powys Police.
A public survey following the 2018 improvements indicated that 86% of respondents felt the safety measures introduced increased public safety.
Public feedback will see the introduction of a Builth Wells Help Point based in the Strand Hall. This will enhance the medical and welfare provision within the town, and will offer medical and welfare facilities from one central location.
It will consist of an Alcohol Recovery Unit (staffed by St John Cymru), Dyfed-Powys Police, Powys County Council Youth Workers and will house the voluntary Street Pastors, who are returning to assist in Builth Wells for a second year.
The Builth Wells Help Point is a result of innovative and close partnership working between Powys County Council, Dyfed-Powys Police, Powys Teaching Health Board, Builth Wells Town Council, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.