Barnsley FC have noted the recent comments of Barnsley Council/Oakwell Community Assets Limited and respectfully disagree with some of the observations that have been made.
The decision to close the West Stand was based on numerous operating factors, as highlighted in Thursday’s statement. The Club are ultimately responsible for public safety and are required to meet the terms of the safety certificate that has been granted by the local authority.
The operational decision, in conjunction with advice from safety representatives, is the best course of action.
The Club have contacted relevant representatives at Barnsley Council to resolve the matter.
With a Fan Engagement forum scheduled for 21 October, local press meeting on 22 October and a supporter question and answer session on 1 November, Barnsley FC Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad, will speak openly with all supporters and stakeholders across a number of topics. Until that time, no further comment will be made.