Stags safety culture 'is professional'
CHAD.co.uk, 13Nov07, By Tim Morriss
ONE of the new executive management team at Field Mill insisted this week that the safety culture at the Stags is 'thorough and professional'.
John Thorpe spoke out after attending a safety inspection at the football club on Thursday - and after comments last week from Nottinghamshire County Council's safety chief.
In an exclusive interview with Chad Sue Storer, chairman of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) which has imposed sanctions on Field Mill, had said the capacity would not be raised fully to 100% until SAG was convinced the overall safety culture had improved at Mansfield Town Football Club. She added that the current capacity restriction of 5,064 - 70% in the North Stand and just 50% in the South and West stands - would be increased to 70% in all stands once remedial turnstile work has been completed.
But this week Mr Thorpe, a future associate director at the Stags and brought in my incoming owner James Derry to look at the running of the club, told Chad: "I genuinely believe that our safety culture is thorough and professional."
Mr Thorpe, who attended the weekly pre-match safety inspection at Field Mill on Thursday and will attend the next scheduled SAG meeting later this month, added that he thought the club was spending as much on safety matters as some clubs in Division I.
He said: "I attended the safety inspection and was delighted to see the thorough, professional approach by the team of three which was well led by Steve Grummett (deputy safety officer).
"We checked every turnstile, every refreshment kiosk, inspected the seats paying due attention to the West Stand, discussed the issues around the Chesterfield game, looked at possible contingencies being agreed with the police before games, checked the Bishop Street Stand and some of the toilets.
"We had a debrief and agreed some action points which Steve and I are progressing.
"I am also personally working with the accountants on the Due Diligence and have checked out the first quarter spend on safety procedures. The spend is very heavy and has almost exceeded the annual budget, which is considerable, and I am certain,would be more than some of the other League 2 and League 1 clubs. We will clearly revise the budget as this is one of our top priorities .
"I am also intending to attend the SAG Meeting on 28th November and have read through the minutes and action points from the last meeting. We are making good progress with the action points and I have asked for a full report as to progress as soon as possible."
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