How have local Dorset authorities organised themselves to manage the sailing and associated events?
Two senior decision making groups, the Dorset 2012 Steering Group and the Dorset 2012 Board, have been established to oversee all 2012 arrangements in Dorset. To help implement the work, the Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations team has been established, based at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. This group will oversee a range of 2012 projects including, Live Site, Festival Village, Last Mile, Volunteering, Communication and public engagement.
To help these groups and oversee the preparations, a senior operations group, The Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations Group, has been established, addressing key work programmes including: Transport, Safety & Security, Event Management, Culture & Ceremonies, Visitor Management, Communications, Live Sites, Volunteering and Health & Safety.
These sub groups are made up of staff from various local agencies including each of the three Dorset 2012 signatory councils (Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council), Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset Police, Dorset Ambulance, Dorset Fire & Rescue, Marine & Coastguard Agency, Highways Agency, Dorset NHS and others.
Each of these sub groups, working under the direction of the Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations Group, has established close working relationships with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Government Olympic Executive (GOE). Although the sailing competitions themselves will be coordinated primarily by LOCOG, members of the Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations Group will have responsibility to ensure that all local services that are required outside the venue itself and for which they are responsible run smoothly and to a proper planned programme.