Email sent – October 23, 2014 9:50 PM

Dear Madam

As you are aware, I am on record that the Olympic stadium is/was not fit for purpose but my concerns were ignored.

I have recently learned that the New Olympic Stadium (now owned by West Ham FC) will be used for 1/2 dozen matches for the World Cup. However, the Stadium, which is currently being renovated by Balfour Beatty, will be without any roof during next summer’s Rugby World Cup.

In the absence of any roof the stadium will be non-compliant to the Lightning Protection Standards BS/EN62305/2008 because the roof material was/is acting as a Lightning Finial.

Please consider this as a FOIA request to provide me with a copy of the Approved Lightning Risk Assessment report for the roofless stadium.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Lou Elliston wrote:

Dear Mr Dransfield

The function of the Sports Ground Safety Authority is to oversee the local authority, who issue the safety certificate for the venue. In this case the London Borough of Newham. We do not keep copies of documents relating to venues, as this is the responsibility of the local authority, but we do ensure they have been inspected.

With regard to the Olympic stadium I was a member of the Safety Advisory Group that gave advice to the local authority during its construction and completion. A Lightning Risk Assessment was accepted as appropriate by the technical officers of the local authority and suitable measures were put in place. I have recently spoke to the authority and confirmed that it is under consideration for the next stage of the stadiums development.

It would be helpful If you could indicate why you feel there are inadequacies.


Lou Elliston