Royal Borough prepares for Royal Ascot
Published: Tuesday, 19th June 2018
More than a hundred council officers at the Royal Borough are working behind-the-scenes to help Royal Ascot run smoothly and minimise any disruption to residents and businesses in the area.
The week of racing is expected to welcome 300,000 people to Ascot Racecourse and is attended daily by Her Majesty The Queen.
Ahead of the world-famous event the council has a wide variety of safety checks to conduct and officers will also liaise with racecourse officials, Thames Valley Police and other local partners throughout next week.
Work taking place this week and next includes:
- Around 60 hygiene tests at food and drink stalls
- Daily assessments of the grandstand building
- Targeting ticket touts
- Creating a temporary one-way system to ease congestion
- Stepping up street clean operations
- Liaising with taxi drivers to create drop-off zones and smooth traffic flow
- Increasing community warden patrols
Cllr Jesse Grey, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking and flooding), said: “We play host to some of the world’s most famous events here in the borough and it’s a joy to be able to welcome so many visitors to see what we have on offer, especially following the success of the Royal Wedding.
“There is a lot of work that goes on behind-the-scenes to make an event like Royal Ascot a success for the residents and visitors who come to enjoy the racing and minimise any disruption to those who live and work here too.
“We work closely with Ascot Racecourse and Thames Valley Police to help make sure the whole week runs safely and smoothly and everyone remembers their trip to the borough for all the right reasons.
“Tourism is key part of our local economy and we want to support world-famous events like Royal Ascot to be a success and continue to support local jobs and bring in visitors.”
Alastair Warwick, Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse, said: “We are very grateful to the Royal Borough for the continued support they offer at Royal Ascot.
“The Royal Meeting is one of the largest sporting events on the calendar and takes 12 months of meticulous planning to bring to life. We have always worked closely with the team at the Royal Borough to ensure that our racegoers and local residents have the best experience possible and we look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”
Over the course of the operation the Royal Borough’s environmental health team is expected to undertake 60 inspections of food and drink vendors.
Community wardens will conduct increased patrols to help minimise any disruption to residents and businesses as well as tackling ticket touts.
Visitors wanting to take a taxi will be encouraged to head to dedicated pick-up and drop-off areas to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles in and out of the area alongside a series of temporary one-way systems to help racegoers get in and out.
For more details on the traffic plans for the Royal Ascot week please see: https://www.ascot.co.uk/our-community
Every day council officers will also inspect the grounds and buildings to ensure the site can safely open to the crowds. This includes checking for any defects in the building and ensuring fire escape routes remain clear.