Royal Borough gets ready for Royal Ascot
Published: Thursday, 13th June 2019
Work is well underway to ensure Royal Ascot runs smoothly for racegoers, along with residents and businesses in the area.
The week-long horseracing event usually welcomes around 300,000 people to Ascot Racecourse, with Her Majesty The Queen one of the many spectators.
The Royal Borough, alongside racecourse officials, Thames Valley Police and other local partners, carry out a number of checks before and during the event.
Work being carried out from now until the end of Royal Ascot includes:
- Inspecting dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, kiosks and mobiles for accuracy of food and drink descriptions, pricing and legal measures for alcoholic drinks
- Enforcing rules preventing the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors
- Dealing with any consumer complaints that arise during the event
- Daily safety assessments of the Grandstand building
- Working with the Gambling Commission to prevent on-course bookies allowing minors to place bets
- Ensuring that licensed taxis and minicabs are operating legally
- Introducing community warden patrols
- Increasing street cleaning operations
Cllr Hilton, cabinet member for finance and Ascot, said: “Royal Ascot is a world famous event and every year it brings a huge number of people to the area.
“A lot of work goes on before, during and after the races to ensure that they’re a success for all involved, and to minimise any disruption to those who live and work here.
“It’s so brilliant to host such an event in Ascot, and we do everything we can to send everyone home happy, and planning to return the following year.”
Alastair Warwick, Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse, said: “We are looking forward to a tremendous five days of racing and to welcoming some 300,000 people to this very special celebration of our sport, British culture and fashion.”
Visitors looking to take a taxi to and from the event are encouraged to use dedicated pick-up and drop-off areas to reduce congestion in the area.
Royal Ascot runs from Tuesday 18 June until Saturday 22 June.
For more information on Royal Ascot and detailed traffic plans, please visit: https://www.ascot.co.uk/ascot-racecourse-supports/local-residentsinformation-event-hub