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WEST STAND OPEN AS NORMAL AFTER SAFETY MEETING
3rd September 2012 20:48


Ian Greaves Stand in use as normal
mansfieldtown.net, 31st August 2012, 2.15pm

Contrary to press reports, we can confirm that the Ian Greaves Stand is in use, as normal, for tomorrow's home match against Woking.

http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/ian-greaves-stand-in-use-as-normal-344829.aspx

Recent issues which have been raised by Nottinghamshire County Council have now been resolved following a meeting this afternoon.

Operations Director Paul Broughton said: “The safety of our supporters is always our main priority.

“We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe environment for our supporters and visitors and take these responsibilities very seriously.

“The stand will be open as normal,” he added

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UPDATE: Ian Greaves stand will be open as usual for Mansfield Town v Woking following Nottinghamshire County Council safety meeting
By Stephen Thirkill, chad.co.uk, Friday 31 August 2012, 3pm

MANSFIELD TOWN have confirmed that the Ian Greaves Stand is in use, as normal, for tomorrow's home match against Woking.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/update-ian-greaves-stand-will-be-open-as-usual-for-mansfield-town-v-woking-following-nottinghamshire-county-council-safety-meeting-1-4886637

Safety issues raised by Nottinghamshire County Council have now been resolved following a meeting this afternoon.

The concerns centred around the 'structural integrity' of the West Stand following recent improvements to the stand.

The Stags' Operations Director Paul Broughton said: “The safety of our supporters is always our main priority.

“We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe environment for our supporters and visitors and take these responsibilities very seriously.

“The stand will be open as normal,” he added.

Rob Fisher, Group Manager responsible for emergency planning at the County Council said: “We have pulled out all the stops to make sure the stand is safe for tomorrow's home game and the club has been cooperative with providing us with the necessary information at today's meeting.

“However, we gave the club ample opportunity to satisfy the safety requirements and it is disappointing that it has left these safety concerns unresolved until this late stage.

“We will be monitoring the building works on the stand to make sure the safety of spectators is not put at risk.”

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Mansfield Town's Ian Greaves Stand at One Call Stadium closed by safety chiefs
By Tim Morriss, Friday 31 August 2012, 1.30pm

An enforcement notice prohibiting the use of the Ian Greaves Stand at Mansfield Town Football Club's One Call Stadium has been issued by safety chiefs 'following the club's failure to demonstrate that current building works on the stand are not putting spectators' safety at risk'.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/mansfield-town-s-ian-greaves-stand-at-one-call-stadium-closed-by-safety-chiefs-1-4883755

Nottinghamshire County Council has issued the notice under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A safety officer visited the stadium yesterdaty afternoon to issue the notice.

The building works, thought to be classroom and office space, have been carried out without approval from the County Council, which is required under the club's General Safety Certificate.

Nottinghamshire Police, Mansfield District Council and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority have been consulted before the County Council took this action.

A structural engineer and safety specialist from the County Council are meeting with officials from the club this morning (Friday 31 August) to check that the necessary safety issues have been addressed so the Council can consider lifting the enforcement notice.

Legislation governing safety at sports grounds arises from tragedies such as the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster in April 1989 when 96 Liverpool fans died, and the Bradford City stadium fire in May 1985 when 56 people died.

The County Council has a duty to issue a General Safety Certificate for designated sports grounds in Nottinghamshire, stipulating conditions which the club must comply with to protect the safety of spectators attending the ground.

The current total permitted ground capacity of the One Call Stadium is 6,823 compared with a maximum capacity of 9,096.

Rob Fisher, Group Manager responsible for emergency planning at the County Council said: “We're not saying the stand is not safe, but the club has failed to provide evidence that the structural integrity and fire safety of the stand have been maintained.

“We have waited for this evidence since becoming aware of the building works which are still continuing.

“However, the safety of spectators is paramount and under these circumstances we must act to ensure this is not at risk, especially at tomorrow's home fixture scheduled for this weekend.

“It is disappointing that the club has left this issue unresolved at such a late stage and Council officers with the necessary specialist knowledge are at the club this morning to consider whether the stand is safe for spectators to use tomorrow.”

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Nottinghamshire County Council raise safety concerns over Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium
By Stephen Thirkill, chad.co.uk, Friday 31 August 2012, 9am

Nottinghamshire County Council are expected to release a statement this morning over safety concerns at Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/nottinghamshire-county-council-raise-safety-concerns-over-mansfield-town-s-one-call-stadium-1-4883417

The safety fears are believed to centre around 'unapproved' improvements to the West Stand, which safety bosses say 'may have compromised the structural integrity and fire safety of the stand'.

A safety officer is known to have visited the stadium yesterday afternoon to issue an enforcement notice under Safety at Sports Grounds legislation.

See http://www.chad.co.uk for more updates later this morning

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