Safer op­tion

Central Leader - - NEWS -

I am a reg­u­lar pa­tron of Eden Park and have been con­cerned with a safety is­sue of a bar­rier be­hind the South Stand and Cricket Av­enue.

This bar­rier has not been opened for fix­tures and pa­trons ei­ther have to exit/en­ter through a small gap or climb over the bar­rier. Some­one will soon get se­ri­ously hurt.

On June 6, prior to the test match I took pho­tos of this area, took them to the Eden Park re­cep­tion­ist and ex­plained my con­cerns. She in turn tele­phoned the op­er­a­tions man­ager, and re­peated my com­ments.

The an­swer was ‘‘that he was not go­ing to open the bar­rier as cars might try and get through’’. There are bol­lards at the Cricket Aveend to stop ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic!

I did raise the is­sue with the Po­lice who ad­vised me that they Eden Park Trust replies:

Eden Park Trust thanks John for his con­cern and in­ter­est.

He raised the is­sue with us on the weekend, and our Op­er­a­tions Man­ager was able to talk with him about it.

These gates are al­ways opened for large events at the park, but last Satur­day they were opened slightly later than usual.

They were also open for the egress of pa­trons from the park af­ter the game.

We do not be­lieve any pa­tron safety was com­pro­mised, but will make sure that the gates are opened in plenty of time in the fu­ture.

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