Seek Safety Advice To Ensure Your Event Is A Success

Event organisers in Tendring are being urged to seek valuable safety and management advice to ensure their big day ends up being a big success.

There are hundreds of events staged around the District every year – and most go off without a hitch.

But Tendring District Council (TDC) and the Emergency Services are keen to offer help to ensure all eventualities are covered.

Together they run a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) which meets when necessary with organisers of the events with more than 500 people attending to ensure a proper plan is in place before the event day.

Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Partnerships, said it is an important part of staging any significant event.

“This is not about the Council and Police playing Big Brother and saying what can and can’t take place in Tendring,” she said.

“It is aimed at helping event organisers to cover all the bases – crowd control, traffic management, parking, safety and other issues - to make sure everyone has a good time.

“We want all events in our area to be successful and discussing them with the SAG can be a big help to anyone.

“Everyone should have an event plan so that if anything does go wrong they are able to show that all the necessary steps and precautions had been taken in advance.”

Event plans are drawn up for all TDC events and those held on TDC land and they go before the SAG. However, there are others that are staged on private land that do not.

SAGs were first established after the Hillsborough disaster but equally apply to smaller scale events.

“This is all about helping us to help you,” added Cllr McWilliams. “We can assist in making a good event even better and ensure that is professionally run.”

Acting Chief Insp Darren Deex of Essex Police said it is also important that the Emergency Services are aware of events taking place and how many people are likely to turn up.

“We can build this into our own planning for a day and then know if there is an event in the District that we might need to attend,” he said.

“At the current time particularly, security around larger events is also an important issue to take into consideration and we can give specialist advice in that area. It is better to be safe than sorry afterwards.”

The SAG meets to discuss larger events but if anyone is unsure whether their event applies they should contact John Fox on 01255 686746.


Get Moving Walking Group Sunday 25 June

meeting at Clacton Pier, CO15 1QX


Walk your way to good health this summer!  A fun gentle walking group for all ages and abilities. Come along and make new friends from your local community, have fun and get active!  Sundays, 12.30pm—2.00 pm.



Available on the day mobile 07555143097


If you can't join us this time, why not come along to our next walk on Sunday 2nd July meeting at Walton on the naze car park CO14 8PZ


We also run walking groups on Wednesdays and Fridays - visit the walks page for more details.



Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks. or


CCG appoints Dr Hasan Chowhan as its new clinical chair

Colchester GP, Dr Hasan Chowhan, has been appointed as the new clinical chair of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


Hasan was selected following a robust recruitment process involving senior members of the CCG and NHS England.  He has been serving as a Clinical Director of the CCG and has chaired the organisation’s Transformation and Delivery Committee (TDC).   TDC is the main clinical decision making committee at the CCG with both clinical and non-clinical representatives from Colchester and Tendring.


Hasan will take over from the current chair, Dr Gary Sweeney, in September this year when Dr Sweeney formally retires.  Hasan said: “I am hugely excited about the challenges ahead and committed to achieving our aims to improve the health of our local population.   I consider my appointment to be a real honour and I welcome the opportunity to lead the CCG with the Chief Officer in our next stage of development and change.”


Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer of the CCG, said: “Hasan is a highly respected local GP with a solid understanding of local healthcare issues and the challenges services face. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and has already made a considerable contribution to improving local health services through his position as Clinical Director for the CCG.  I am delighted to confirm Hasan’s appointment and look forward to working with him in the future in his new role.”


Sam added: “I would also like to pay tribute to our current chair – Dr Gary Sweeney – who has provided significant leadership and support to the organisation.  His wealth of experience has been of enormous value to the CCG and he will be greatly missed.  On behalf of the organisation, I would like to express my very best wishes to Gary with his future endeavours.”


Dr Gary Sweeney, Chairman of the North East Essex CCG, said: “This is an excellent appointment, and we are fortunate to have such a high quality local GP prepared to take on this role. Hasan will bring a wonderful combination of youth and experience to the role. I am delighted to be able to hand over the baton to such an able colleague when I retire in September. I wish him the best of luck in facing the challenges ahead.”


Hasan has been a partner at the Creffield Medical Centre in Colchester since 2007.  He is a GP trainer and is an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.   As a clinical leader he is keen to support new models of care and address health inequalities.


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