As you are aware, we have been working for some time to explore ways in which the club could improve facilities for our disabled supporters in wheelchairs. On Wednesday 6th May, Matt Cochlin from Bentley Fielden Ltd in Todmorden brought over a mobile lift to Haig Avenue to see if it would be suitable to lift wheelchairs into the main stand as NADS (National Association for Disabled Supporters) feel this would be a much more inclusive way of providing improved accommodation for disabled supporters rather than building separate cover.
Alan Scarisbrick, Phil Carder and Martin Robinson were present as was Haydn Preece from the club. Everyone was very impressed with the lift and the next stages are to cost any changes needed to be made to the stand and to see if these changes would be acceptable to Authority safety officers.
Committee members present: Alan S, Rob U, Julia U, Phil C, Martin R, Alan J, Alan D, Paul G, Andy K.
Matters arising from previous meetings: The seats are still at Peter Rigby’s house. There has been movement on the house but there is no time-scale on when any possible transaction may take place. Paul Glendenning has offered his basement as a temporary measure. The Trust has been advised that a Portakabin to store the seats in would cost in the region of £6000. A garage type structure could be built for around £750 and also used for storing additional items. Haydn Preece wants future accountability meetings to be open to all Trust members