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Monitoring Officer, GLA

Snoozing WatchdogsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, September 08, 2013 18:08:49
Email sent Friday, June 21, 2013 7:27 AM
Subject: COMPLAINT AGAINST THE OLYMPIC DELIVERY AUTHORITY & LONDON LEGACY AUTHORITY


The Monitoring Officer
Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London
SE1 2AA

Dear Sir

I wish to make an official complaint against Olympic Deliver Authority (ODA), which has been recently taken over by the London Legacy Authority (LLA) regarding the public safety of the the Olympic Stadia and Aquatic Centre.

These stadia have not been provisioned with adequate Lightning Protection Systems(LPS) and Lightning Risk Assessments (LRA) the ODA/LLA have attempted to block my access to public information, which is a breach of Section 77 of the FOIA 2000.

The ODA claim they cannot release technical data related to the Stadium LPS under the FOIA 2000 because it breaches National Security which, at best. is absurd and at worst, an attempt to pervert the course of justice, I suggest the latter. If indeed the LPS or LRA cannot be released under national security, I call for the opportunity to visit these stadia with the appropriate oversight authority for a joint ocular inspection, and I will point out the technical irregularities related to the LPS/LRA.

I draw your attention in particular to the Equipotential (touch potential) grounding and bonding of the stadia, which I maintain have been subject to wilful blindness by the designers and principal c ontractors i.e., Balfour Beatty Group (BBG). Whether or not the Olympic Village was a design and build Contract for the BBG I know not, but I do know public safety has been woefully and wilfully compromised ref the LPS & LRA.

This case is currently under review of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights), who have already stated that LPS/LRA is of great public Interest test.

I fully appreciate the Olympic Village is due to be opened in July and I fervently believe it would be prudent of your office to investigate the LPS &LRA of the stadia as a matter of extreme urgency. Both the ODA & LLA claim the Olympic Village is compliant to the BS/EN 62305/2008 Lightning Standards, but to date have been unable to produce one single document under the FOIA 2000.

Owing to the gravity of my allegations, it behoves the ODA/LLA to produce the required LPS/LRA documents and not to hide behind national security nonsense.

For your information, action and files

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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