Swindon Town face £28k bill to fix sound

The Don Rogers stand

The Don Rogers stand

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

SWINDON Town faces restrictions on the capacity of the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday if a faulty public address system is not repaired by kick-off.

On the opening game of the season against Scunthorpe on August 9, the system was not working meaning safety messages could not be relayed to the crowd.

The club have told Swindon Council they will have it repaired before the next home game against Crewe on Saturday, but the Adver understands the whole sound system at the County Ground will need replacing, which could cost up to £28,000.

However, if they are unable to fix the system in the 4,800 capacity Don Rogers stand by Saturday, they may have to agree a contingency plan with the council, which could involve cutting the number of people allowed there.

For the contingency plan to be satisfactory, the club need to be able to show they can get warnings to the crowd efficiently.

Not having a working system in place does not necessarily constitute a breach of the safety requirements if it breaks shortly before a match. But the club should discuss the implications with the most senior police officer and the referee to decide whether to continue, postpone or abandon the game. The club also has a legal duty to inform the council as soon as possible, which the council says it failed to do straightaway.

Instead, the council found out last week when it was contacted by a member of the public.

The council’s public safety team then wrote to the club who gave assurances ahead of the next game at the County Ground.

A spokesman for the council said: “We contacted the club once we were made aware that the public address system in the Don Rogers stand wasn’t working properly.

“The club is required to let us know if there is any change to the safety measures at the ground as outlined in their Safety Certificate, and this would include a failure of the public address system.”

There are no plans to carry out any formal inspections to ensure the public address system is working but if the game goes ahead without it being fixed, sanctions could be imposed afterwards and if it is not satisfied about crowd safety, the council has the power to close the stand.

Roger Bunce, chairman of the supporters club, which in the past has donated money to repair the sound system, said: “Everyone goes to enjoy the game but obviously safety is the most important thing.

“Hopefully, the cost won’t be too much of a factor so they can get it fixed and fans with season tickets won’t have to be moved to other stands.”

Swindon Town declined to comment about the public address system, the cost of repair or the repair timescale when approached by the Adver yesterday.

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5:35am Tue 19 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

£28,000 to rewire some speakers ???😳
I'll do it for half that 😜
£28,000 to rewire some speakers ???😳 I'll do it for half that 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 6

7:17am Tue 19 Aug 14

LionelHutz says...

Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant? LionelHutz
  • Score: 1

7:50am Tue 19 Aug 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is.

I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed.

While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is. I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed. While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: -1

7:56am Tue 19 Aug 14

Tommyvercetti says...

Get that fat bloke in the town end to shout out any issues.

Pay him in pies?
Get that fat bloke in the town end to shout out any issues. Pay him in pies? Tommyvercetti
  • Score: 15

8:53am Tue 19 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

The tannoy has been terrible for years.
The tannoy has been terrible for years. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 5

9:56am Tue 19 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

the ground belongs to the football club, the land it is on belongs to the council.
the ground belongs to the football club, the land it is on belongs to the council. mrwoo
  • Score: 5

10:09am Tue 19 Aug 14

GrumpyLocal says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is.

I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed.

While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well.
No but it was your job to repair the TV, the DVD or any other electrical equipment not supplied as part of your rental agreement.
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is. I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed. While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well.[/p][/quote]No but it was your job to repair the TV, the DVD or any other electrical equipment not supplied as part of your rental agreement. GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 6

10:47am Tue 19 Aug 14

North _Swindon_Red says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ? North _Swindon_Red
  • Score: 0

10:55am Tue 19 Aug 14

mug? says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is.

I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed.

While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well.
The council own the land upon which the stands and pitch reside.

STFC pay rent for the land. They own the fixtures and fittings and are therefore responsible for their upkeep
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]That's a very good point Lionel. I'm sure there is a reason why the council don't do it, but I'd love to hear what it is. I sold my house last summer and spent six months renting while I waited for my new purchase to go through, and it wasn't my responsibility get the TV signal, shower and leaky pipes fixed. While the council are at it, perhaps they can decorate throughout and upgrade the plumbing in the gents as well.[/p][/quote]The council own the land upon which the stands and pitch reside. STFC pay rent for the land. They own the fixtures and fittings and are therefore responsible for their upkeep mug?
  • Score: 1

11:11am Tue 19 Aug 14

LionelHutz says...

North _Swindon_Red wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?
A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety.
[quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?[/p][/quote]A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety. LionelHutz
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Tue 19 Aug 14

messyits says...

LionelHutz wrote:
North _Swindon_Red wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?
A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety.
If I was you I would check your home insurance--any electrical product is a risk.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?[/p][/quote]A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety.[/p][/quote]If I was you I would check your home insurance--any electrical product is a risk. messyits
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

are u mad says...

when the match gets cancelled on saturday will the town say they didn't hear it coming?
when the match gets cancelled on saturday will the town say they didn't hear it coming? are u mad
  • Score: 2

1:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

LionelHutz says...

messyits wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
North _Swindon_Red wrote:
LionelHutz wrote:
Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?
You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?
A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety.
If I was you I would check your home insurance--any electrical product is a risk.
I think you've missed the point.
[quote][p][bold]messyits[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Surely the landlord should be paying, not the tenant?[/p][/quote]You would be outraged if it appeared the Adver that the council started to install sound systems in it's council houses wouldn't you? What makes Swindon Town a special case ?[/p][/quote]A home sound system is not a matter of health and safety.[/p][/quote]If I was you I would check your home insurance--any electrical product is a risk.[/p][/quote]I think you've missed the point. LionelHutz
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jfmorty says...

Nobody has mentioned the sneak who blew the whistle to the council. Why didn't he or she simply tell the club?
Nobody has mentioned the sneak who blew the whistle to the council. Why didn't he or she simply tell the club? jfmorty
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

umpcah says...

jfmorty wrote:
Nobody has mentioned the sneak who blew the whistle to the council. Why didn't he or she simply tell the club?
Someone from Oxford ?
[quote][p][bold]jfmorty[/bold] wrote: Nobody has mentioned the sneak who blew the whistle to the council. Why didn't he or she simply tell the club?[/p][/quote]Someone from Oxford ? umpcah
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

STFCTID says...

Just get the speakers that were placed on the ground facing into the Don Rogers stand back - they were the clearest sound heard for years.
They will provide a perfectly good replacement and cost nothing like £28k.
Just get the speakers that were placed on the ground facing into the Don Rogers stand back - they were the clearest sound heard for years. They will provide a perfectly good replacement and cost nothing like £28k. STFCTID
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Wayne Allison Bromham says...

They should ask Jed if they could borrow some of his speakers he used for that shambles of a concert.
They should ask Jed if they could borrow some of his speakers he used for that shambles of a concert. Wayne Allison Bromham
  • Score: 1
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