A new medical and welfare facility will be introduced as part of safety measures during Royal Welsh Show week.

The Builth Wells Help Point will be based in the town centre at the Strand Hall from this Saturday, July 20. It will be open from 9pm to 3.30am.

It will have an Alcohol Recovery Unit staffed by St John Cymru, Dyfed-Powys Police, Powys County Council Youth Workers and will house the voluntary Street Pastors, who are returning to assist in Builth Wells for a second year.

The actions build on safety measures introduced in 2018 following the tragic death of Powys young farmer James Corfield at the Royal Welsh Show in 2017.

A Powys County Council spokesperson said: "This will enhance the medical and welfare provision within the town, and will offer medical and welfare facilities from one central location."

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Pubs, off-licences, restaurants and nightclubs have also received drug awareness and crowd management training delivered by Dyfed-Powys Police and the young persons' substance misuse service from CAIS and Kalediscope.

A temporary fence, funded by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, will again be erected between the Groe and the river to help improve safety. The fence will be put in place this Friday, July 19, and removed after the event.

Existing public footpaths in the area will not be closed during the event and stewards will be on-hand at night to help direct people.

A ‘Green Route’ path, with finger-post signs and green footprints, will direct visitors from the town centre to the showground, Penmaenau Farm and campsite, and the YFC Young People’s Village.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have provided water safety training to operational staff for the show week.

A public survey showed that 86 per cent of respondents felt the safety measures introduced in 2018 increased public safety.