Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 19 November 2015

 25 (25) SAFETY ADVISORY GROUP (SAG) – FINANCIAL POLICY 2015 – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval to introduce the SAG Financial Policy.

The council was responsible for the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the Fire Safety and Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1987. Under the 1975 Act, ‘designated sports grounds’ required certification to ensure that the holder controlled the safety of visitors.

A ground was classed as ‘designated’, in the case of football, if it held more than 5,000 visitors.  Local football clubs such as Appleby Frodingham, Barton Town, Bottesford Town, Brigg Town, and Winterton Rangers were not required to apply for a Safety Certificate because their maximum capacity was less than 5,000 visitors.

There was only one ‘designated sports ground’ subject to these controls. It was the home of Scunthorpe United Football Club at Glanford Park. The council issued a safety certificate that set out conditions that ensured the safety of visitors to this ground.  The certificate was reviewed every year.

The law allowed the council to charge fees for the processing of the safety certificate. Under the Local Government Act 2003, discretionary work such as giving advice and guidance could also be charged for.

The council had not previously charged for processing the safety certificate.  The new stadium would require one.  It was proposed that costs incurred with dealing with the application would be recovered under the policy.

The policy, appended to the report, set out work that would be charged for and work that would be carried out as part of routine duties.

Resolved – That the Safety Advisory Group Financial Policy, attached to the report at Appendix 1, be approved.

The corresponding report of the following items (Minute 26 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

26 (26) REVIEW OF OPERATIONAL TRANSPORT – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval for some minor changes to the Transport Operations team within the Places Directorate.

The previous review of the transport operations and fleet management team came into effect on 1 April 2014.  This review strengthened the integration between transport provision and need particularly in relation to Children’s Services. Since then however a number of other issues had arisen that needed addressing.

As a result of the changes, a further review of the affected areas was necessary.  The appendices to the report set out proposals for the review, including financial implications.

Resolved – That the changes to the staffing structure for Transport Operations, as set out in the report and accompanying appendices, be approved.