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Cabinet Decision: 18th October 2018
Title of Item/Report
Open Water Safety Strategy
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report on Open Water Safety Strategy.

Following an increased focused on water safety and drowning prevention both nationally through the Local Government Association (LGA) Safer and Stronger Communities Board and regionally following a number of different incidents the report presented the Water Safety Strategy for the Borough of Stockton.

Services across the authority had worked together to develop the Water Safety Strategy and the initial Water Safety Plan in taking this work forward it was recommended that an operational working group was formed to ensure an on-going coherent approach and the support of wider stakeholders.

Proposed Membership of the Water Safety Operational Working Group was as follows:-

• Flood Risk Management Team
• Greenspace
• Community Services
• Health and Safety
• CaRT (Canals and Rivers Trust)
• RUG (River User Group)
• Operator
• Community Safety Partnership

In addition in order to enhance public awareness and improve the communication of water safety issues a specific web page had been developed to deliver key water safety messages.


1. The Water Safety Strategy and initial Water Safety Plan be endorsed and adopted.

2. The establishment of the Water Safety Operational Working Group be agreed.
Reasons for the Decision
To establish a Water Safety Strategy for the Borough of Stockton.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Details of any Dispensations
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight, 26 October 2018

Date of Publication: 22 October 2018

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