Hello, my name is Alan M Dransfield and I am a campaigner for Lightning Protection improvements in Exeter, Devon and it would appear my concerns and fears for Lightning Protection Systems (LPS) are falling on deaf ears with the local public authorities i,e Devon County Council (DCC) and the Exeter City Council.
I have been involved in protracted and frustrating FOIA arguments with the DCC regarding LPS for a Sports Stadium and bridge and 6 PFI schools in Exeter, which I maintain have not been provisioned with minimum LPS. These issues are ongoing at the Upper Tribunal, but I am fearful of the cosy relationship between the DCC and the Information Commissioner's Office.
I have identified numerous public buildings in Exeter and Devon which have not been provisioned with minimum LPS including schools, hospital, university, sports stadia, swimming pools, shopping complexes and even the Health and Safety Executive refuses to discuss these issues.
It is only a matter of time before body bags are required at a public building which as not been provisioned with adequate LPS.
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Email sent by Alan Dransfield on 21st February 2013 at 18.59
House of Commons
I wish to draw the Education Committee's attention to a very serious situation here in Exeter where I feel the Local Education Authority and the Local Public Authority, (Devon County Council) are failing the duty of care in respect of health and safety issues at a number of schools in Exeter. There are numerous school premises in Exeter and Devon which have not been provisioned with any Lighting Risk Assessment (LRA) which compromises the health and safety of the children, staff and visitors at these schools.
I have brought this matter to the attention of OFSTED, whoclaim such matters do not fall under their remit. I have informed the DCC of this matter but they have ignored me. Indeed, the HSE and the DCC have imposed a lifetime email ban against me!!
I have also brought these serious matters to the attention of my MP, Ben Bradshaw, but he has chosen to adopt the ostrich stance.
I know of at least two other schools outside Devon which are also operating in a legal void owing to Lightning Protection irregularities they are:-
1. Lychett Minster school in Dorset. (recently destroyed by lightning)
2.Vale View school in Stockport
Whether or not this issue is isolated to DevonI know not, but I rather suspect this might be a nationwide problem. I call upon the Education Committee to call for an inquiry into my allegations.
Alan M Dransfield