Safe standing update
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Conservatives ask your view
It’s been nearly 11 months since I last updated you on the safe standing campaign, so it’s high time that I did so. It’s been an eventful period.
First of all, let me draw your attention to a live survey. Please click hereto complete this survey being run by the Conservative Party in Wales. This follows the National Assembly for Wales becoming in July the first UK legislature to vote in favour (by a huge majority) of safe standing trials. The results of this survey will now undoubtedly be used in discussions with MPs in London, so wherever you are, please read more about this here and click the link below:
Please also share the survey link with others via social media.
Football League approach government
Just after my last newsletter, it was announced that the Football League executive had been mandated by the member clubs to “approach the Minister for Sport to request that the ‘all-seater’ stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation”. The League executive is now understood to be in ongoing discussion on this issue with the Minister. Details here.
In the same month, Bristol City unveiled the UK’s first rail seats. A block of 33, for demonstration purposes. In April a detailed document was presented to the authorities, seeking clearance to use these.
Rail seats comply with the law, says expert
Further items added to our website in recent months include a piece by a legal academic on why rail seating does in fact comply with and serve the intended purpose of the Football Spectators Act and an article pointing out how rail seating can help clubs to offer a broader range of admission prices and thus make their pricing structures more socially inclusive. Read the article here.
Thanks for your continued interest in and – I hope support for – safe standing at rail seats!
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