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Lychett Minster School fire report

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, June 05, 2016 07:44:42
Email sent - Wed 01/06/2016 06:39

To -, Si Fire <>

Attn of the Fire Chiefs Association

Dear Sirs

I am somewhat concerned that the attached report ref the Lychett Minster school has not been taken seriously by the Devon County Council. In particular, the DCC have failed to provision over 500 schools with any Lightning Risk Assessment.

I am also concerned that Lychett School appears not to have learned any lessons from this particular lightning fire.

I am also very critical of this report which fails to identify serious flaws in the Lightning Protection of the ruined school at Lychett Minster.

I would like the opportunity to meet with your District Fire Chief to discuss this report in depth with the hope of improving safety fire standards at schools and public premises

with thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Exeter Fire Authority Headquarters

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, May 01, 2016 11:14:04
Email sent - 30/04/2016 15:26

Service Headquarters
The Knowle
Clyst St George

Dear Sir

Please provide me with a PDF copy of your As Built Health and Safety files for your HQ premises.

Please also provide me with a copy of you Lightning Risk Assessment and your lightning test results for the last 5 years.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Lightning strike at Morrisons

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, April 17, 2016 08:41:44
Email sent - 13/04/2016 21:57

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

Coming to an Exeter supermarket, school, hospital, rugby Bridge or other public building.

Yours etc


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Lychett Minster School - no lessons learned

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, December 10, 2015 16:48:08

Dorset County Council

Dear Mr Mair

I note from your last letter to me that you also hold the position Clerk for the Dorset Fire Authority,hence I wish to take up the subject title with you as well as the current FOIA for the Coastal Path.

I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Pupils and Staff of the Lychett Minster School in Dorset because it has not been provisioned with any Lightning Risk Assessment despite a serious fire at the school which burned down the Library and Theatre section of the school a couple of years ago..

Dorset Fire Authority Fire Report confirmed the Root Cause for the Fire was Lightning but no LRA was carried out on the New Rebuild.

I must therefore assume ALL Dorset Schools have not been provisioned with LRA. Please confirm the LRA on Government Properties in Dorset.

I am also deeply concerned that neither Dorset Fire Authority or Dorset County Council appear to have learned any lessons from the Lychett School Fire.

In fact, the Lychett Mister Fire report reads more like a comedy of errors, which is akin to Carry on Firemen.

The Dorset Fire Authority report confirmed the fire was caused by lightning but the Fire Authority failed to report the quality of the Lightning Protection System at the time of the fire. It strikes me the Dorset Fire Authority and the Dorset County Council are ignorant to Lightning Protection Standards and requirements.

My personal assessment of the Lightning Protection System at Lychett Minster Schools is the system was installed by cowboys.

Not for one moment am I being critical of the brave Dorset firemen who attended the Lychett Minster school, but I am most critical of the Dorset Fire Authority management and the Dorset County Council designers.

Dorset Fire Authority and Dorset Council did not learn any lessons from the Lychett Minster School and I wish to take up this issue with the Dorset Fire Authority via their clerk.

There is a similar situation here in Devon where 500 + schools have not been provisioned with any Lightning Risk Assessment,which ,quite frankly, beggars belief. Whether or not this anomaly is isolated to Devon and Dorset, I know not but I would be grateful if you would forward this letter to the National Fire Chief's Association.

For your information action files.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

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Exeter Chiefs Main Stand a danger to users

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, December 10, 2015 15:51:08

Email sent - Wed 09/12/2015 06:04

Dear Mr Bradshaw

I am sure you will recognise this photograph, which is at the Sandy Park Rugby Stadium, home to the Exeter Chiefs. This photo was taken last year after the recent stadium improvements.

As you are well aware, I am on record claiming the Sandy Park and the Pedestrian Bridge are lightning deathtraps and both are unsafe & unfit for purpose.

This photograph proves without doubt the Sandy Park Stadium is non compliant to BS/EN 62305 Lightning Protection System (LPS) Requirements.

The pole which you can see is one of the 4 floodlight towers and is less than 500mm from the Main Stand has not been provisioned with adequate LPS and in particular potential ground rise and overflash from the pole to stadium and vice versa.

It is also very clear from the photograph that theroof material is a PVC or plastic material to allow optimum light. However, the stadium design required the roof to be of Metal/Aluminum - to be used in lieu of Lightning Finals.

May I suggest you forward this photograph to a lightning consultant and ask for a second opinion please? In the event you have no access to such expertise, I can recommend one of the World's finest lightning protection consultants, i.e. Mr Ernest NR Duckworth who is based in the USA and hence maintains independence.

For your information,action and files

With thanks.

Alan M Dransfield

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Sandy Park Stadium

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, August 15, 2015 07:05:20

Email sent - 14/08/15 06.28

Sports Ground Safety Authority.

Dear Mr Perkins

There is no point giving me any email contact for the Devon County Council because they have imposed a lifetime email ban against me. Please see the As Built H&S File (ABHSF) attached which supports my allegations that the Rugby Bridge is unsafe and unfit for purpose.

I appreciate this is not the ABHSF for the Rugby Stadium but rest assured the Stadium itself is a Lighting deathtrap. The Rugby Stadium is non-compliant to the BS/EN 62305/2008 .

It would automatically follow that the Stadium Safety Certificate has been obtained under fraudulent means.

As you are aware, the Rugby World Cup matches will be played in the Sandy Park stadium and visitors, players. officials and spectator safety has been compromised because of Lightning Protection failures.

I would also remind you of similar LPS failures on the Olympic Stadium which has placed HM The Queen in mortal danger.

The Sports Ground Safety Authority have failed their duty of care and I would be most grateful if you would give me your line manager's name and email please.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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No lightning protection in Devon schools

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, August 15, 2015 06:56:10

Email sent - 07.01 14/08/15

From: alan dransfield <>
Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:51 AM
Cc:, John BERCOW <>, Richard Bailey <>, Mark Thorogood <>, "" <>, Fiona Miller miller <>, "Sampson, Mary (RCJ)" <>, "" <>, Andrew Brewer <>, "" <>, "Holt Robert (Education Director)" <>

Dear Mr Bradshaw

As you are aware, I have raised this particular matter several times with you before and to date, you have ignored my allegations that Devon schools are not being provisioned with adequate or minimum lightning protection systems.

Please see the attached Maintenance Agreement 2010/2015 between the DCC and Norfolk Property Services and in particular, para 15.7 which clearly states that Lightning Risk Assessment WILL be undertaken. This is a legal requirement under the H&S at Work Act 74 and the BS/EN 62305/2008 inter alia.

There is no particular evidence anywhere on the DCC website which confirms this Lightning Risk Assessment (LRA) has been undertaken at any Devon School.

On the contrary, there is factual evidence that Devon schools have NOT been provisioned with minimum Lightning Protection System safety and the LRA have been wilfully and criminaly ignored.

In the event that LRA has been neglected and omitted, it leaves the children and staff at all Devon Schools vulnerable to Lightning dangers. It also raises the question if the schools are operating in a legal void and would their Public Liability insurance cover be revoked in the event of lightning damage at any Devon schools.

For your information, urgent action and files

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Queen Elizabeth Sports Stadium unsafe

Lightning ProtectionPosted by Sheila Oliver Tue, August 04, 2015 02:39:32

Dear Rachael

Thank you for your response but I do not accept your comments that my FOIA request requires further time. My request is straightforward and benign and I consider you are plotting delaying and frustration tactics.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield


On 3 Aug 2015, at 15:02, foi <> wrote:

Dear Mr Dransfield


The Freedom of Information Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly and no later than 20 working days after receiving your request. However, when a qualified exemption applies to the information and the public interest test is engaged, the Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working days, and a full response must be provided within such time as is reasonable in all circumstances of the case.

We do, of course, aim to make all decisions within 20 working days, including in cases where we need to consider the public interest test. In this case, however, we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of the public interest lies.

In your case we estimate that it will take an additional 20 working days to take a decision on where the balance of the public interest lies. Therefore, we plan to let you have a response by 3 September 2015. If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a decision, we will keep you informed. Obviously, if we are able to provide you with our response before this date, we will do so.

The exemption that applies in relation to your request and that requires the extra time in order to consider the public interest is: s.31(1) (a) – Law Enforcement. Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice—(a)the prevention or detection of crime,

We will keep you informed of our progress and provide you with our response to your request as soon as we are able.

Yours sincerely


From: alan dransfield []
Sent: 09 July 2015 06:32
To: foi
Cc: Richard Bailey;; John BERCOW; Mayor of London

London Legacy Authority.

Dear Sirs

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 ,please provide me with the following information for the Queen Elizabeth Sports Stadium in London:

1.A copy of your Public Liability Insurance Certificate


3.A copy of the Sports Stadium Safety Certificate from Newham Council..

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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