Keeping Cheltenham safe and moving during race week

Published on 8th March 2018

The Mayor of Cheltenham, will be inviting guests to join her at Cheltenham racecourse to raise money for charity

Race week takes place 13 to 16 March 2018 and measures are in place so that it runs smoothly.

Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire County Council and other agencies will be working in partnership again this year to keep Cheltenham safe, moving and clean as over an extra 50,000 people per day descend on the town for the Cheltenham Festival.

To make sure that traffic flows smoothly in and around Cheltenham during the 2018 racing festival, the borough council will be working closely with the county council’s highways team. They want to ensure that traffic going to and from the festival is managed as efficiently as possible, and that any travel disruption is kept to a minimum.

Traffic orders will be in place as previous years. For full details about the traffic changes, please visit the Cheltenham Racecourse website.

Licensing officers from the council and police will be out every night during the week to carry out premises and licensed vehicle inspections to ensure they are not breaching conditions.

Council licensing officers, supported by officers from neighbouring authorities, will focus on illegal taxi activity to ensure that unlicensed taxis do not compromise the safety of residents or visitors to the town. 

Licensing officers will also visit and inspect venues licences to sell alcohol or offer sexual entertainment to ensure these venues comply with the council’s licensing rules and conditions.

The council in partnership with the police will continue its operation cracking down on ticket touts offering for sale race tickets.  The behaviour of the touts has over the years become increasingly aggressive particularly towards the end of the week when they are under pressure to sell their tickets. 

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said:  ‘’We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time throughout the festival. Cheltenham welcomes an incredible amount of visitors to the town during race week so it remains a top priority for us to work closely with our partners to make sure everything goes smoothly.

‘’This year the council has even more powers to clamp down on littering, ticket touting and consumption of alcohol so our enforcement officers will be out all hours of the day and night to monitor activity and visit venues.’’

Superintendent Tony Godwin added: “As part of our duties, officers will be supporting Cheltenham Borough Council and the Racecourse in ensuring ticket touts do not breach the dispersal order. We will be issuing warnings to ticket touts who operate in the restricted areas, asking them to leave the area for 24 hours, and if appropriate issuing penalty notices. We hope this will reduce the nuisance caused to racegoers and other members of the public.

“We will also be working with partners to deliver a safe environment for those who wish to enjoy Cheltenham during the night time economy.”

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