The campsite rating scheme has been developed by the Silverstone Inter-Agency Campsite Subgroup. We are a multi-agency group who work in partnership with Silverstone Circuits Ltd. The partners in the group are: South Northamptonshire Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Thames Valley Police, Northamptonshire Police, Buckinghamshire Fire Service and Northamptonshire Fire Service.
We work together with campsites to help ensure that accommodation for the public attending events at Silverstone circuit comply with safety, public health, licensing and other legal standards.
The Group meet regularly throughout the year to plan inspections, share intelligence and good practice, prioritise work and carry out checks during the events. We work with the campsite operators to update on new legislation and communicate with the campsite operators.
In 2013 South Northamptonshire Council received funding on behalf of the group from the Business Innovation and Skills Regulatory Innovation for Growth to set up a rating scheme which aims to:
- Provide a unique and innovative reference point for campsite customers.
- Encourage customers to drive standards, by making informed choices when selecting campsites and encouraging improvement through self regulation.
- Elevate the profile of campsites, and recognise compliant campsites thus attracting customers, encouraging business growth and supporting the local economy.
- Encourage businesses who have difficulty complying so that overall standards improve, either by regulator support or through customer choice.
- Assure the public and regulators that campsites provide safe and healthy facilities.
- Reduce regulatory costs and improve efficiency with partners sharing intelligence, working together and acting as eyes and ears for priority issues.
Campsite Ratings Guide
Silver Campsite Rating
To achieve the ‘Silver’ rating campsites must demonstrate that they have complied with key health, safety and welfare requirements. This includes having adequate toilet provision, a fire risk assessment, emergency contingency plans and having a drinking water risk assessment. ‘Silver’ sites will be making satisfactory progress towards improving their on-site facilities and offer a safe place to stay, with security, for the duration of your event.
Any licensed activity (alcohol and/or entertainment) will be compliant with current licensing legislation.
Gold Campsite Rating
Campsites that achieve the ‘Gold’ rating will have met all key health, safety and welfare requirements and will have demonstrated compliance with a number of our non-essential campsite standards. The campsite operators will have made available for inspection their risk assessments and emergency plans, and will have had their drinking water supply tested. They will exceed the recommended minimum sanitary facilities. You can expect the campsite to be clean, well organised, with good security, and with adequate and well maintained facilities.
Any licensed activity (alcohol and/or entertainment) will be compliant with current licensing legislation, plus there will have been no breaches of licensing legislation in the past 12 months.
Platinum Campsite Rating
The ‘Platinum’ rating will be introduced in Autumn 2014 and is reserved for those campsites that not only meet all our health, safety and welfare standards, but also go above and beyond the minimum requirements to ensure that their customers have the best possible campsite experience. Campsites achieving the platinum rating will have stewards, excellent security, and first aid provision, there will be procedures in place to ensure that all campsite facilities are kept clean and functioning throughout the event and the campsite operators will have implemented their fire, health and safety and drinking water plans to a demonstrably high standard.
Any licensed activity (alcohol and/or entertainment) will be compliant with current licensing legislation, plus there will have been no breaches of licensing legislation in the past 12 months, plus the operators have demonstrated exceptional levels of security and service regarding licensed provision.