Attn Chairman of Devon County Council

Mr Bernard Hughes OBE

Dear Mr Hughes

Your Mrs C Cooke responded to me yesterday stating that such matters of gas safety comes under the Health and Safety Executive. Quite frankly, I am very concerned for a
number of H&S issues at this Climbing Centre, which was designed and built
with central Government funds under the DCC remit.

The photograph is the gas mains installation emergency shut-down valve and
any person with half a brain can see this installation if not only sub-standard,
it is life threatening, because that gas emergency shut down Valve is NOT
as required by law.

Other serious H&S issues at this centre include sub standard Lightning
Protection Installations and substandard hand rails on the climbing tower.

Your Mrs Cooke and Mrs Bullock are at best criminally negligent ……….. for knowingly and wilfully accepting substandard and dangerous buildings.

Would you like to meet me at this building to discuss other H&S issues
or shall we wait until the body bags are required?

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield


Email sent – 31 January 2014 14:19

Dear Mr Hughes

Further to my earlier response. I received a reply today from DCC Duty
Health and Safety Advisor Mrs C Cooke ref the New Climbing Centre which is
basically a “Body Swerve” of her remit. She claims such matters come under
the HSE. I don’t accept that because the DCC designed and built this
Climbing Centre and it is STILL operating in a legal void, designed and built
with Central Government funds; hence, the DCC have a duty of care to ensure full compliance.

It is all very well and good for you to pass on my emails over Mr Hughes,
but you have a duty of care to ensure your subordinates are taking such
matters seriously, which obviously, they are not

There is demonstrable evidence your Mr C Cooke is failing her duty of care.

May I please make a suggestion, which would result in me not including you
in my email list. I suggest you inform the DCC Legal Officer Jan Shadbolt to
remove the lifetime email ban and allow me to email ONE (1) person only within
the DCC. May I suggest that person is Margaret Bullock the DCC H&S guru.

For your information, action and files

With thanks

yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Councillor Bernard Hughes <> wrote

Dear Mr Dransfield,

Thank you for your emails, I have passed them on to the
relevant officers to be dealt with. I am sorry that I am not in a position to
address your emails in detail so I am requesting that you do not email me on
these matters in future as I can not respond to them.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Bernard C J Hughes