Stadium safety certificates

Jim Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Glasgow City Council

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Dear Glasgow City Council,

In light of recent Police reporting regarding safety certificates at football stadia, could you please provide details (including copies if possible please) of the most recently granted safety certificates for all SPFL clubs within your remit along with details of any remedial works/adverse findings from inspections?

Yours faithfully
Jim Thomas
Fans Without Scarves

Customer Care Centre, Glasgow City Council

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Dear Mr Thomas

 

Thank you for your email received on 7 March 2019 requesting information
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Dear FOI_CCT,

I may not agree with the results of this but I do understand the reasons. FYI we have requested others and this is the first refusal. Not being able to provide the certificates in full has been explained, but surely redacted versions can be provided removing the parts that cause concern? The information specifically asked for including the dates covered, remedial actions (esp given concern for public safety) and the dates specific visits happened could certainly be provided and tilt the weighting of transparency vs public safety on those particular issues. I did clearly say copies of the full certificates if possible - but the other information is the main thrust of the request. Please consider this in reviewing your response.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Thomas

FOI Reviews, Glasgow City Council

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Dear FOI Reviews,

I'm most grateful for the information now provided. Thank you. In my initial request I'd asked for "details of any remedial works/adverse findings from inspections". I cannot see thiat this has been provided, though the redactions make it difficult to tell whether it has been removed or simply there were none. As the principle reason for asking was public safety and in particular fan safety, I'd be grateful if this could be clarified with further information provided as appropriate.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Thomas

FOI Reviews, Glasgow City Council

Dear Mr Thomas,

Thank you for your query. I can confirm that the redacted documents contained information referring to the Guide to Safety of Sports Grounds ("Green Guide"). A Safety Certificate will only be issued to a stadium once terms of the Green Guide are complied with. Any deviations from the Green Guide are recorded in a table however the information contained within it is exempt from disclosure under section 39 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Part of your FOI was a request for any remedial works carried out. I can advise that information relating to any remedial works that need to be/have been carried out at any of the stadia is contained within the minutes of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meetings. The minutes for these meetings are exempt from a request under section 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) act 2002 because of the exemption contained in section 39(1) of the Act since disclosure of this information would, or would be likely to, endanger the physical or mental health or the safety of an individual or individuals.

The discussions that take place at the SAG meetings are highly sensitive and if these were released, there is a realistic potential for information relating to safety and security arrangements to be utilised in the perpetration of a malicious act and, therefore, endanger the physical or mental health of spectators.

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Regards,

FOI Review Team
Glasgow City Council
www.glasgow.gov.uk

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