The Dartford Borough Council Safety Advisory Group deals with issues of safety at public events.
The core members of the SAG comprises of senior officers from all the emergency services working in the Borough of Dartford (Police, Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance NHS Trust) and Council Services (Highways, Building Control, Environmental Health and Licensing).
When dealing with operational issues the Chair of the Group may also invite persons who can contribute to the discussion eg: event organiser, licence holder, Civil Contingencies Unit, public transport providers, town centre manager, Primary Care Trust.
The SAG's main objectives are:
- To promote high levels of safety and welfare at events by giving advice;
- To promote good practice in safety and welfare planning for events; and
- To ensure that events cause minimal adverse impact
Its purpose is to meet regularly to consider forthcoming events and to give advice to organisers. All comments and observation made by the SAG are always advisory.
It has no statutory compulsion and organisers are under no obligation to submit information, attend SAG meetings, or follow SAG's advice. However, each of the constituent members has their own regulatory role and may therefore exercise their powers independently.
A list of the main SAG contacts can be found here. The SAG is not a licensing panel. More details about licences and consents can be found in the appendices.