Hereford United safety certificate saga: Safety advisory group suggested adjournment - not football club

Hereford United advisor Joel Nathan.

Hereford United advisor Joel Nathan.

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CLAIMS that Hereford United asked for Tuesday’s safety meeting to be postponed have been refuted.

Bulls’ advisor Joel Nathan told the Hereford Times last night that the meeting, which included representatives from Herefordshire Council, the police and fire service, had been postponed until tomorrow at the Edgar Street club’s request.

But a council spokesperson today said it was the safety advisory group which suggested an adjournment.

Nathan told the Hereford Times that a company advising the club on ground safety had only been appointed at midnight on Monday night, prompting the club to request an adjournment so the advisors could “have a good look around and ensure that everything that needed to be done was done.”

Following Tuesday’s meeting, Mike Pigrem, the council’s head of trading standards and licensing, said the advisory group was not satisfied that certain requirements had been met and that all relevant paperwork was in place.

“At this stage, we are still unable to authorise the club’s safety certificate,” he said.

“However, we are working closely with the club’s newly appointed safety consultants as well as club representatives, in order to try and resolve the outstanding issues.”

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2:06pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Hereford is me says...

You don't get awarded points for who adjourned the meeting so who cares!!

I'd be more worried about the fact that you have known for weeks that you need the safety certificate and, by your own admission, you appoint people Monday @ midnight! When you were supposed to be playing a friendly mid-week and kick off the season on the weekend.

Why don't you just admit that you really don't have any idea what you are doing? This is getting embarrassing.!!
You don't get awarded points for who adjourned the meeting so who cares!! I'd be more worried about the fact that you have known for weeks that you need the safety certificate and, by your own admission, you appoint people Monday @ midnight! When you were supposed to be playing a friendly mid-week and kick off the season on the weekend. Why don't you just admit that you really don't have any idea what you are doing? This is getting embarrassing.!! Hereford is me
  • Score: 20

2:34pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

Why are they compelled to lie so much?
Why are they compelled to lie so much? Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 14

2:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

NOT CONVINCED says...

Mythomania United
Mythomania United NOT CONVINCED
  • Score: 7

3:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

littlewhitebull says...

Perhaps, Joel Nathan could enlighten us as to what the specific problems that need to be addressed actually are?
Perhaps, Joel Nathan could enlighten us as to what the specific problems that need to be addressed actually are? littlewhitebull
  • Score: 15

4:33pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

Dearie, dearie me. 2 versions of the same thing. It is a real problem who to believe, isn't it?
On the one side we have someone who regularly runs to the press with assurances and promises which do not seem to be made good, and on the other is an independent council officer with no axe to grind. It is really difficult to know who to believe.
If it is not presumptuous to advise an "advisor", I would advise that there should be no approach to the press unless facts are carefully checked first - or at least those which can be easily contradicted by someone trustworthy.
The "advisor" could also be well advised to send the HT a photo which does not look like a thug from The Smoke. Just friendly advice.
Dearie, dearie me. 2 versions of the same thing. It is a real problem who to believe, isn't it? On the one side we have someone who regularly runs to the press with assurances and promises which do not seem to be made good, and on the other is an independent council officer with no axe to grind. It is really difficult to know who to believe. If it is not presumptuous to advise an "advisor", I would advise that there should be no approach to the press unless facts are carefully checked first - or at least those which can be easily contradicted by someone trustworthy. The "advisor" could also be well advised to send the HT a photo which does not look like a thug from The Smoke. Just friendly advice. Brownface60
  • Score: 10

4:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Herefordian says...

Perhaps they need a cash injection from Bernie Ecclestone, he sure can bribe and would have it up & running in no time at all !!

http://www.crash.net
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Perhaps they need a cash injection from Bernie Ecclestone, he sure can bribe and would have it up & running in no time at all !! http://www.crash.net /f1/news/207379/1/ec clestone-bribery-tri al-ends-with-60m-set tlement.html Herefordian
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Hereford Common Sense says...

It would be quite interesting to start listing and mapping out the dishonesty that has occurred in this unfortunate soap opera.

As much as I agree, with the comment above "You don't get awarded points for who adjourned the meeting so who cares!!", this is just another example of incompetency and provides more evidence of lies being told. By saying "we adjourned" almost gives off the impression "we are in control and consider safety as paramount". Well they most aren't and this was NOT the case.

I am a businessman and there is absolutely no way that I would want to sponsor a club that is governed by people who have been proven to be so dishonest and incompetent on various levels. I wouldn't even consider a board on the pitch or a small ad' in a programme at present. I wouldn't want to work with them on any level. And I will be completely shocked if anyone will. So again I ask, for the powers at be to consider that if a vast amount of fans are boycotting matches due to ethical stances, other teams are refusing to pay and sponsorship will be like getting blood from a stone.......How do they hope to enter into a voluntary agreement to pay anyone. Are they hoping to gain revenue from another area? A burger van perhaps?

This whole saga is on the verge of being pathetic now and going on far too long.

Herefordshire County Council I know read these comments. Therefore, I ask HCC, (who work for us and manage OUR assets), to seriously question whether should grant these leases to people who have behaved as they have in the past and present. A line has to be drawn now before passion turns into lethargy and boredom. If this proceeds and goes **** up which it most certainly looks like it will based on evidential behaviour, HCC will be accountable as much as these jokers who are "having a go" playing football bosses. The courts will make it a long painful drawn out process, as they have already, so nip it in the bud and just be sensible.

Football fans must be at the point of truly feeling betrayed and fed up with the whole situation now. That is, if they didnt give up on this sad affair some time ago. I feel for them.
It would be quite interesting to start listing and mapping out the dishonesty that has occurred in this unfortunate soap opera. As much as I agree, with the comment above "You don't get awarded points for who adjourned the meeting so who cares!!", this is just another example of incompetency and provides more evidence of lies being told. By saying "we adjourned" almost gives off the impression "we are in control and consider safety as paramount". Well they most aren't and this was NOT the case. I am a businessman and there is absolutely no way that I would want to sponsor a club that is governed by people who have been proven to be so dishonest and incompetent on various levels. I wouldn't even consider a board on the pitch or a small ad' in a programme at present. I wouldn't want to work with them on any level. And I will be completely shocked if anyone will. So again I ask, for the powers at be to consider that if a vast amount of fans are boycotting matches due to ethical stances, other teams are refusing to pay and sponsorship will be like getting blood from a stone.......How do they hope to enter into a voluntary agreement to pay anyone. Are they hoping to gain revenue from another area? A burger van perhaps? This whole saga is on the verge of being pathetic now and going on far too long. Herefordshire County Council I know read these comments. Therefore, I ask HCC, (who work for us and manage OUR assets), to seriously question whether should grant these leases to people who have behaved as they have in the past and present. A line has to be drawn now before passion turns into lethargy and boredom. If this proceeds and goes **** up which it most certainly looks like it will based on evidential behaviour, HCC will be accountable as much as these jokers who are "having a go" playing football bosses. The courts will make it a long painful drawn out process, as they have already, so nip it in the bud and just be sensible. Football fans must be at the point of truly feeling betrayed and fed up with the whole situation now. That is, if they didnt give up on this sad affair some time ago. I feel for them. Hereford Common Sense
  • Score: 23

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