Safety concerns over Brighton Speed Trials

The 2012 speed trials in Madeira Drive, Brighton

The 2012 speed trials in Madeira Drive, Brighton

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SAFETY concerns over a popular motoring event have remerged – just weeks before it is due to go ahead.

Brighton Speed Trials returns to the city on September 6 after it was cancelled last year following the death of a competitor in 2012.

The event, a favourite with petrol heads and motoring enthusiasts, has been running in Brighton since 1905 and features more than 200 cars and motorbikes competing along a timed quarter mile sprint in Madeira Drive.

Brighton and Hove City Council declined an application to run the event this year but u-turned on its decision following a 12,400 name petition calling for it to be reinstated.

However, the authority has confirmed the event’s Safety Advisory Group, made up of police, fire, council, ambulance and hospital representatives, has made recommendations for the Speed Trials to appoint a safety advisor.

More specifically, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it has concerns Speed Trials organisers are currently yet to document they have the capability to operate a safe event.

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “East Sussex Fire Authority has been asked to feedback to the Safety Advisory Group on the suitability of the event safety plans.

“Having reviewed the content, the fire authority has some concerns that the documentation submitted fails to include sufficient detail to demonstrate the capability of the organisers to operate a safe event.

“That is not to say that the organisers are incapable of operating in such a fashion but instead that the documentation does not demonstrate how this will be achieved.

“It is hoped that organisers will accept the offer of the local fire safety manager expressed some weeks ago to discuss the documentation and the fire safety provision so that information, advice and guidance may be shared.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said the situation was looking “positive”.

He said: “We’re pleased to note that the Safety Advisory Group’s recommendation that organisers appoint a safety advisor has been accepted. “So we’re confident any health and safety issues can be addressed. The Fire and Rescue Service may have some issues which need to be addressed.”

A spokeswoman from the Brighton and Hove Motor Club, which runs the event, added: “We are utilising the services of an independent fire risk assessment consultant which will produce a detailed fire safety plan to address the needs of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the Safety Advisory Group.”

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6:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

This has been going since 1905, please will you Health and Safety killjoys heads stop trying to justify your dwindling jobs-the drivers are not forced to race and the spectators all know the risks involved.

After seeing a foam javelin at an athletics meeting the other day, I thought it's only a matter before you outlaw DIY metal hammers.

Please don't let another British Institution die.
This has been going since 1905, please will you Health and Safety killjoys heads stop trying to justify your dwindling jobs-the drivers are not forced to race and the spectators all know the risks involved. After seeing a foam javelin at an athletics meeting the other day, I thought it's only a matter before you outlaw DIY metal hammers. Please don't let another British Institution die. rogerthefish
  • Score: 80

7:41am Sat 9 Aug 14

Martin999 says...

Ben, Please borrow a dictionary and look up the word remerged, then look up the word re-emerged.
Ben, Please borrow a dictionary and look up the word remerged, then look up the word re-emerged. Martin999
  • Score: 27

7:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

yatman says...

Sounds like another attempt by the bed wetters, sorry the Green administration to strangle anything that is fun. Gender neutral lentil knitting fun day anyone?
Sounds like another attempt by the bed wetters, sorry the Green administration to strangle anything that is fun. Gender neutral lentil knitting fun day anyone? yatman
  • Score: 72

8:06am Sat 9 Aug 14

matlock says...

So East Sussex Fire and Rescue, who are happy to strike putting public lives at risk, are attempting to score political points because the organisers haven't completed their risk assessment yet.
So East Sussex Fire and Rescue, who are happy to strike putting public lives at risk, are attempting to score political points because the organisers haven't completed their risk assessment yet. matlock
  • Score: -44

9:38am Sat 9 Aug 14

Old Ale Man says...

Its a plan B being put into operation by the green killjoys who failed at their first attempt to ban the speed trials, watch out the October Brightona Motor Cycle event, you will be next in the firing line of events to be banned, along with the November, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, (Old Crocks).
Infact any event held on the seafront there that has vehicles emitting exhaust fumes will be in the firing line of events to be banned from the city by this Green administration.
Its a plan B being put into operation by the green killjoys who failed at their first attempt to ban the speed trials, watch out the October Brightona Motor Cycle event, you will be next in the firing line of events to be banned, along with the November, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, (Old Crocks). Infact any event held on the seafront there that has vehicles emitting exhaust fumes will be in the firing line of events to be banned from the city by this Green administration. Old Ale Man
  • Score: 49

12:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonbunny says...

What a non-story (again). It's a month away for goodness sake . To-ing and fro-ing of risk assessment paperwork is entirely normal in such circumstances. They are doing all they have been asked to do.

Headline should be "Brighton & Hove Motor Club doing everything it can to make a safe event this year".
What a non-story (again). It's a month away for goodness sake . To-ing and fro-ing of risk assessment paperwork is entirely normal in such circumstances. They are doing all they have been asked to do. Headline should be "Brighton & Hove Motor Club doing everything it can to make a safe event this year". brightonbunny
  • Score: 10

12:48pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

rogerthefish wrote:
This has been going since 1905, please will you Health and Safety killjoys heads stop trying to justify your dwindling jobs-the drivers are not forced to race and the spectators all know the risks involved.

After seeing a foam javelin at an athletics meeting the other day, I thought it's only a matter before you outlaw DIY metal hammers.

Please don't let another British Institution die.
You're too late old chap. Metal hammers, are banned. And to make it worse we now have plastic bladed knives, blunt screwdrivers, rubber nosed pliers, and toothless saws.
I guess the idea is that if the H and S guys ban everything they consider dangerous there is nothing left for us to attack them with. Self preservation
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: This has been going since 1905, please will you Health and Safety killjoys heads stop trying to justify your dwindling jobs-the drivers are not forced to race and the spectators all know the risks involved. After seeing a foam javelin at an athletics meeting the other day, I thought it's only a matter before you outlaw DIY metal hammers. Please don't let another British Institution die.[/p][/quote]You're too late old chap. Metal hammers, are banned. And to make it worse we now have plastic bladed knives, blunt screwdrivers, rubber nosed pliers, and toothless saws. I guess the idea is that if the H and S guys ban everything they consider dangerous there is nothing left for us to attack them with. Self preservation Logicsays
  • Score: 3

11:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

DCCCCCC says...

20mph limits will be introduced no doubt!
20mph limits will be introduced no doubt! DCCCCCC
  • Score: 4

9:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

Honda driver says...

Maybe we will have this event next year when the Green Party have all been run out of the city. Hopefully with Caroline Lucas being dragged along behind screaming "do you know who I am?"
Maybe we will have this event next year when the Green Party have all been run out of the city. Hopefully with Caroline Lucas being dragged along behind screaming "do you know who I am?" Honda driver
  • Score: 3

7:23pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Why is anybody surprised we all know that what our "public servants" cannot achieve by fair means they will work tirelessly to achieve by foul means.
Why is anybody surprised we all know that what our "public servants" cannot achieve by fair means they will work tirelessly to achieve by foul means. Idontbelieveit1948
  • Score: -1

6:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

Considered too White and middle-class by the the Green Council; this is not attracting enough gays, lesbians, ethnic minorities or refugees
Considered too White and middle-class by the the Green Council; this is not attracting enough gays, lesbians, ethnic minorities or refugees Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 0

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