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Shake-up plan at Kaboom fireworks event
EXTRA public exits are being created at the site of a massive York fireworks display after an emergency planner raised concerns.
Expert Ronald Woodham, commissioned through the Emergency Planning College at Hawkhills, Easingwold, said all the existing exits were very limited and they were all to the north.
He said: “Should the nature of an incident render it unsafe to evacuate, there are no other readily available options”.
Charlie Croft, assistant director of public realm, said the authority was creating new exits because a report commissioned from a leading national authority on safety had suggested this would help allow more people to access and enjoy events there.
Mr Croft said: “Each event has its own evacuation plan suited to its circumstances and nature of the audience, drawing on the advice of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and using a wide range of entry and exit points.
“No safety concerns have been expressed. A comprehensive event plan has been produced by the organiser and discussed with the SAG – as it was last year. If there were safety concerns, the council wouldn’t let it go ahead.
“In doing this work, we are building on the successes of last year and to further improve the facilities for the coming years.”
Mark Brayshaw, of Kaboom promoter Rockin’ Horse Promotions, said it had had an “exemplary and unblemished” safety record over the past 24 years.
“We work to, and more often well above, government guidelines as published by the HSE,” he said.
“Our expert view is that Rawcliffe Country Park is a very safe and suitable venue for events such as Kaboom; indeed the success and safety record of Kaboom in 2012 goes a very long way to prove this point of view.”
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