The BPL Group of Companies have always been committed to safeguarding the welfare of all customers, Staff, and Contractors who visit it’s many premises throughout Surrey and Hampshire.
In over forty years of operation this is the first time there has been criticism of the business leading to a prosecution which arose from the unfortunate but unforeseen death of a visitor to its premises. This person had been to an event and then went to join his friends, in their accommodation on site and continued to drink into the early hours of Thursday morning 7th January 2010.
Sometime around 2am he left his friends to make his way back to his hotel room. Unfortunately, he walked off in the opposite direction, on an extremely bitter wintry morning and started to walk across the iced lake from which Lakeside derives its name.
Everyone is aware of the cynical way in which Health and Safety laws are being manipulated and this is a prime example of where personal responsibility is being placed on businesses than the individual. The deceased person had been to Lakeside several times before but on this occasion had gone without sleep for over 24 hours and was grossly over the legal/drive limit when he was recovered at 11 am that day. We are deeply sad for the family’s loss.
The Company had to make a commercial decision in pleading guilty to breaches of Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 and management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to avoid further expense and time but maintains that this prosecution was wholly unnecessary.
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Description: Lakeside World Darts is one of the biggest commercial events to take part in Surrey Heath, if not the biggest. This is a video tribute to one of the borough’s favourite events which is beamed across the world by the BBC.
I think Bob Potter has done us proud and he is responsible for putting Surrey Heath on the world map and drawing huge numbers of people to our borough which creates employment and other opportunities to the local economy.
In fact Bob Potter and his family have contributed a huge amount to our borough for so many years.
Those who have lived in the area for a long time will know all about the history of Lakeside. But I think some of the more recent residents (like me) may not fully understand the significance of Lakeside.
During the 70’s Lakeside Country Club was the number one entertainment venue in the UK. Just about every major star of that era appeared at Lakeside.
Also Bob Potter has raised fortunes for local charities. In fact only recently he donated £75k to Frimley Park Hospital which compared to how much he has given to local charities over the years is actually a drop in the ocean.
I think his OBE was well deserved and his contribution to Surrey Heath and our community over the years cannot be overstated.
During the darts I was able to interview Cllr Joanne Potter (Bob’s daughter) who told me about some of her fond memories of lakeside Country Club which you can watch here.
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Free starter with every main course purchased. Valid every night in January 2012 at the Spice Lounge. This offer also applies to takeaway.
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- Rice must be purchased with main courses
- Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer
- To qualify for offer, table must be pre-booked and this offer (Residents Network) mentioned at the time of booking.