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About the group

The Safety Advisory Group consists of representatives from:

  • Local Authority Licensing Team (Chair)    
  • District Council Licensing
  • District Council Environmental Health 
  • Staffordshire Police     
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service     
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service -NHS Trust   
  • Corporate Health and Safety      
  • Building Control 
  • Staffordshire Highways  
  • District Council Assets Team  
  • CCU -Emergency Planning


The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meetings are held at regular intervals, or when necessary, to review major events that have 3,000 or more attendees. Whilst the cut off is generally 3000+, there may be occasions when an event with fewer numbers has to be reviewed due to the nature of the event. They also review events that have possible road closures, structures being put up and high risk activities such as fireworks or unusual activities.

The event organisers should submit their event proposal for discussion and  include information on the impact to the local transport network and civil contingencies in the event of an emergency.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors can be asked by the SAG and/or event organiser to provide advice and guidance on occupational health and safety matters, particularly where HSE is the enforcing authority for the activity concerned e.g. fairgrounds, broadcasting and construction activities.

On the rare occasion where there is disagreement between a SAG and the event organiser, and there remains a genuine risk to the public, individual organisations on the SAG such as Staffordshire Police, may decide to act to resolve the issue.

Some events may be dealt with on a less formal approach which will be decided by the events officer and the chairman of the SAG.