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The Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the Fire Safety and Safety of Sports Act 1987 aim to secure the safety of people attending sports grounds.
Lord Justice Taylor's Report of 1989 into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster made a number of recommendations to further those aims. Local authorities were advised to set up safety advisory groups to co-ordinate the roles of the council, the emergency services, the sports grounds manager and other interested authorities involved with the management of spectator safety at sporting events.
Building Control takes a major role within Coventry's Safety Advisory Groups dealing with one of the countries most diverse set of sporting venues;
The Building Control team advises on all technical/legal aspects of legislation relating to the Safety of Sports Grounds of a capacity of more than 10,000 and Regulated Stands that holds 500 or more spectators.
The Building Control team also advises on all matters relating to the issue of a General/Special Safety Certificates and also matters relating to applications for new sports grounds, stands or alterations to sports grounds