Eastleigh Safety Advisory Group

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Eastleigh Safety Advisory Group

The Eastleigh Safety Advisory Group (SAG) advises on safety aspects for public events that are planned to take place in the Eastleigh Borough Council area.

The role of a local authority Safety Advisory Group (SAG)
SAGs do not have legal powers or responsibilities and are not empowered to approve or prohibit events from taking place. They provide independent advice to event organisers, who retain the legal responsibility for ensuring a safe event. (Individual representatives of organisations forming the SAG may have powers to require event organisers to comply with their legal obligations.)

The SAG will advise the event organiser of the outcome of their assessment of the event application. If any relevant subject has not been considered, eg fire or health and safety, it should be made clear to the organiser at the same time.

It is the event organiser’s responsibility to take any appropriate action.

The membership of the SAG comprises senior officers from various agencies operating in the Borough, including the emergency services (Police, Fire and Rescue Service,  South Central Ambulance Service). Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council. The Group is chaired by the Eastleigh Borough Council's Community Safety & Emergency Planning Manager.

 What sort of events does the SAG consider?
In general, "large scale public event" will be treated as being an event where more than 1000 people are expected to attend, although smaller events may require the involvement of the SAG depending on the event.

When planning an event involving more than 10,000 people a minimum of 6 months notice to SAG should be provided.  For an event involving between 1000 - 10,000 people a minimum of 3 months notice should be provided.

Usually an event held outdoors, possibly with marquees or other temporary buildings. Typical examples of events would include: 

Fetes, fairs etc.
Open air concerts and music festivals.
Trade shows.
Sporting events.
Horse shows, agricultural shows, dog shows car, caravan shows and similar.
Open air entertainment including theatre, opera and historic re-enactments.
Firework displays.
Large scale company parties.
Processions, marches and carnivals.
Street parties.
Religious events.

It can be difficult to strike the right balance in deciding which events should be considered by SAG. The guiding principle is that events presenting a significant public safety risk (whether in terms of numbers of people attending or the nature of the event and/or the challenge of the environment) should be considered. However, small events like village fetes, where large numbers are not expected and/or the event is routine in relation to the activity normally carried out, need not go to SAG.

For more information about the SAG please contact Melvin Hartley, Community Safety and Emergency Planning Manager on 02380 688149 or email   Melvin.Hartley@eastleigh.gov.uk