Hereford United's new chairman Andy Lonsdale: We have done all we can to satisfy criteria for new safety certificate

Andy Lonsdale says it is ‘a big honour’ to be the new chairman of Hereford United Football Club.

Andy Lonsdale says it is ‘a big honour’ to be the new chairman of Hereford United Football Club.

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HEREFORD United’s new chairman Andy Lonsdale insists the club have done 'all they can’ to satisfy criteria for a new safety certificate for the Edgar Street stadium.

United have not provided the council with the level of documentation necessary to address safety concerns inside the ground, the Hereford Times understands.

Lonsdale said: "As far as we are concerned, we have done all we can and what people are reading is just speculation and we don’t know where it’s coming from,” said Lonsdale.

“We don’t know what decision the council will be making – no-one can predict what their decision will be. As far as we know, it’s all speculation and we have done all we can.”

Lonsdale says Herefordshire Council officials are meeting club officials tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2pm to assess the situation and to make a decision.

The Bulls are scheduled to host St Neots Town in the Southern League Premier Division this Saturday.

Herefordshire Council have not allowed United to play home matches in front of spectators during pre-season because they were not satisfied with the club's safety measures at the ground.

Meanwhile, Lonsdale confirmed Wednesday's friendly with Sinkums had been cancelled and said United would not be playing another match before the weekend.

He told the Hereford Times it is ‘a big honour’ to be the new chairman of Hereford United.

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6:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Whatabouttheleases? says...

This is another one of those lonsdale statements that make no sense. If the club has not supplied the right documentation to the council, as the HT indicate, then it is clearly NOT speculation regarding the safety certificate. Unless Lonsdale is accusing the council of lying.
This is another one of those lonsdale statements that make no sense. If the club has not supplied the right documentation to the council, as the HT indicate, then it is clearly NOT speculation regarding the safety certificate. Unless Lonsdale is accusing the council of lying. Whatabouttheleases?
  • Score: 19

8:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

If you google "Andrew Lonsdale, Feltham" you find a lot of allegations of underhand dealings, bad faith, breach of planning laws, fly tipping, companies going bust and unsavoury associates. If these allegations are incorrect, the man is being unfairly attacked and our club will suffer. If they are true, he should not have any high profile position, and certainly not come anywhere near council money or support, or the possibility of asset stripping by cashing in on development potential. And our club will still suffer.
He and his friends do not seem to respond to the allegations, let alone give explanations if they are true, and undertakings that nothing like them will happen at Hereford. Is it possible for someone wholly independent to look into what is being said about him and his friends, and confirm whether or not the allegations are true or groundless?
If you google "Andrew Lonsdale, Feltham" you find a lot of allegations of underhand dealings, bad faith, breach of planning laws, fly tipping, companies going bust and unsavoury associates. If these allegations are incorrect, the man is being unfairly attacked and our club will suffer. If they are true, he should not have any high profile position, and certainly not come anywhere near council money or support, or the possibility of asset stripping by cashing in on development potential. And our club will still suffer. He and his friends do not seem to respond to the allegations, let alone give explanations if they are true, and undertakings that nothing like them will happen at Hereford. Is it possible for someone wholly independent to look into what is being said about him and his friends, and confirm whether or not the allegations are true or groundless? Brownface60
  • Score: 13

12:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bobby47 says...

So Andy is a fly tipper is he! Well if he's reading this he'd do we'll to think twice before he tips up at my abode and dumps his mattress and other forms of rubbish on my front drive.
I'll be damned if I sit back and put up with that. Who does he think he is thinking that he can dump his rubbish on my property and there'll be no consequences.
If ever he does arrive at my home and its clear that he's intent on gifting me his old fridge freezer or unwanted rubble I'm going to tell him, ' Lonsdale! Ckear off. This is a home of good character. We diligently recycle our rubbish and our wanted domestic appliances and ill be damned if I rummage through your garbage and dispose of it via our much cherished recycling services'.
What's more, if Lonsdale starts threatening to nail my head to the door and tells me that from hereon he'll dump his rubbish on my drive whenever he chooses I'm going to be calling the Constable demanding that Lonsdale manages his unwanted rubbish in a manner that does not impact upon me and my kith and kin.
It's a bloody disgrace. Why should I have to sit here peeping through a small chink in my curtains waiting for him to turn up and dump his rubbish on me. Well I ain't t having it. I know what I'll have, what I won't have and what I'll have if someone twists my arm and gives me a Chinese Burn and threatens to kick my head in.
So Andy is a fly tipper is he! Well if he's reading this he'd do we'll to think twice before he tips up at my abode and dumps his mattress and other forms of rubbish on my front drive. I'll be damned if I sit back and put up with that. Who does he think he is thinking that he can dump his rubbish on my property and there'll be no consequences. If ever he does arrive at my home and its clear that he's intent on gifting me his old fridge freezer or unwanted rubble I'm going to tell him, ' Lonsdale! Ckear off. This is a home of good character. We diligently recycle our rubbish and our wanted domestic appliances and ill be damned if I rummage through your garbage and dispose of it via our much cherished recycling services'. What's more, if Lonsdale starts threatening to nail my head to the door and tells me that from hereon he'll dump his rubbish on my drive whenever he chooses I'm going to be calling the Constable demanding that Lonsdale manages his unwanted rubbish in a manner that does not impact upon me and my kith and kin. It's a bloody disgrace. Why should I have to sit here peeping through a small chink in my curtains waiting for him to turn up and dump his rubbish on me. Well I ain't t having it. I know what I'll have, what I won't have and what I'll have if someone twists my arm and gives me a Chinese Burn and threatens to kick my head in. bobby47
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Milo2004 says...

Who is the new safety officer? Surely it will be hard to get the safety certificate without one. Also the budget for match day staff (stewards, gate staff etc) for the whole season is the same as one game last season. I would of thought that steward levels will need to be high with all that has gone on recently. I know that last season stewards had to have training to be able to work where will the money come from to train new stewards?
Who is the new safety officer? Surely it will be hard to get the safety certificate without one. Also the budget for match day staff (stewards, gate staff etc) for the whole season is the same as one game last season. I would of thought that steward levels will need to be high with all that has gone on recently. I know that last season stewards had to have training to be able to work where will the money come from to train new stewards? Milo2004
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Tue 5 Aug 14

CityBlueBoy says...

If no Safety Officer in place then the grounds capacity is set to 0 (zero). Stewards are based on 1 to every 250 spectators so thats down to the info to hand, most in the Southern League will carry very small travelling fans.

They could easily open 1 stand at ES and close the remainder of the ground until inspections etc have been undertaken. Thats also provided inspections have been done in the one stand they want open.

Why anyone would take on the role of SO at this moment in time is a mystery.
If no Safety Officer in place then the grounds capacity is set to 0 (zero). Stewards are based on 1 to every 250 spectators so thats down to the info to hand, most in the Southern League will carry very small travelling fans. They could easily open 1 stand at ES and close the remainder of the ground until inspections etc have been undertaken. Thats also provided inspections have been done in the one stand they want open. Why anyone would take on the role of SO at this moment in time is a mystery. CityBlueBoy
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Tue 5 Aug 14

RogerLFC says...

If the Police are owed money for their services last season (the spreadsheet says over £8k is owed) they should withhold their services for this season. No Policing would be no game at all ...
If the Police are owed money for their services last season (the spreadsheet says over £8k is owed) they should withhold their services for this season. No Policing would be no game at all ... RogerLFC
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

PrefabedSprout says...

Serious question - if ES cannot be used this weekend then where will the game be played?
Serious question - if ES cannot be used this weekend then where will the game be played? PrefabedSprout
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Milo2004 says...

PrefabedSprout wrote:
Serious question - if ES cannot be used this weekend then where will the game be played?
They can play it behind closed doors with no money coming in!
[quote][p][bold]PrefabedSprout[/bold] wrote: Serious question - if ES cannot be used this weekend then where will the game be played?[/p][/quote]They can play it behind closed doors with no money coming in! Milo2004
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

You said it, Bobby47. You have said literally what I was going to say. Literally. Word for word.
You said it, Bobby47. You have said literally what I was going to say. Literally. Word for word. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 0

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