The Kent County Show on 7-9 July will be prioritising visitor safety this year, and organisers have worked with key agencies to produce a comprehensive Event Safety Plan.
Kent County Agricultural Society has been actively working with its health and safety advisor, head of security, Kent Police and Maidstone Borough Council Safety Advisory Group to ensure that, after recent attacks in the UK and overseas, the annual event has identified any potential risks and have the relevant responses in place to ensure a safe and secure day out for visitors.
The Event Safety Plan has been reviewed and endorsed by Kent Police and key emergency services. This plan will include a number of emergency procedures, evacuation plans, liaisons with emergency services, on site security and a response to a major incident.
The organisers have made visitors aware that as part of the improved procedure, there will be bag searches as people enter the Showground. This may cause additional waiting times at entry points, however the checks are essential for the safety of everyone on site during the three day show.
Lucy Hegarty, show manager, explained: “We are asking our visitors to limit the items they bring to the show so that the bag searches cause the least possible impact and delays and we would like to thank the public for their support. We are aware that this may mean a longer wait at peak times. Visitors should to arrive earlier to avoid these peaks”.
Kevin Attwood, Chairman, added: “We would like to inform all our visitors that there is no specific perceived threat to the Kent County Show. As a responsible organisation, we believe that enhancing our Event Safety Plan and seeking advice from experts is the correct route to take”.
The site security staff includes Security Industry Authority licensed teams who have been appropriately trained and will be conducting thorough security checks for people accessing the showground, as well as patrols inside the event.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Protective Security, deputy assistant commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, commented: “Keeping the public safe to enjoy a summer of special events is our top priority. Sadly we have seen that these can be targeted by those who want to cause harm. But the public should be reassured that police, partners and commercial organisations are working hard together to keep them safe and secure.
“We have had a tremendous response from companies who want to do all they can to raise awareness with their staff”.