The final Lido Nights Christmas charity show, scheduled to be performed in the Saltdean Lido, billed as the “last ever” has been cancelled.
Health and Safety!
Except that the show had been organised since June, and the outgoing trustees of the Lido claim that all licences, insurances and safety certificates are in place.
Former trustee Ethel Trigg is quoted by Brighton and Hove News:
“Before we handed over the building to the new trustees we had our own Risk Assessment carried out in the presence of Brighton and Hove City Council, and everything was up to standard. The new trustees individual Risk Assessment must obviously be contradictory to ours.”
Organiser Chris Mr Nieto says he offered to pay for any extra insurance, and believes that any health and safety issues raised by the new trustees, such as contractors’ equipment left by fire exits, can easily be overcome.
However, new chair Cathy Gallagher said:
“We have also been reviewing health and safety matters and carrying out a risk assessment.It sounds to me as though the new trustees don't trust the old trustees, wrt their health and safety review, and are using "lack of time" as an excuse to avoid making any effort to go ahead.
There has been an urgency about this as we were being asked to confirm that the a Lido Night event scheduled for 28 November 2015 would be supported by the trustees.
Unfortunately in the short time available to us we were not able to recommend the event proceed based on the information available to us.
We realise that there will be a disappointment for all of those who were looking forward to the event and we are really sorry about that, but we hope you will understand that health and safety has to be our main priority at any event, no matter what the cause or beneficiary.
As trustees it is fair to say we are risk averse as we consider we have a duty of care to all visitors to the community centre.”
Is it any wonder that those of us who live and function in the real world don't respect health and safety "experts"?
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