Club & Trust call on MPs to back safe standing trials
The Bristol City Supporters' Club & Trust has called on MPs in and around Bristol to support Early Day Motion 573 calling on the government to permit limited trials of safe standing at selected football grounds.
When surveyed over the years, football supporters up and down the country have said they believe that fans going to a game ought to have the choice as to whether they watch it sitting down or standing up. In our own survey about the new stadium, City fans from all four stands at Ashton Gate voted in favour of the new stadium having the provision for safe standing areas, should they be allowed in the future. The club and architects, to their great credit, duly designed both ends of the ground in such a way that 'rail seats' for safe standing, as pictured above, could be fitted as and when legislation permits.
When MP Roger Godsiff tabled an Early Day Motion last week calling upon the government to allow trials of safe standing areas at a few Championship and/or Premier League grounds, we therefore fully supported this aim. An Early Day Motion, or EDM, is bit like a petition among MPs to raise awareness of an issue and to show the level of support for the issue in parliament. Around 500 MPs are entitled to sign an EDM (government ministers can't). If an EDM atracts 100 or more signatures, that's regarded as a success and the issue will be seen as one not to be ignored by the government.
In an effort to help Roger Godsiff MP and the Football Supporters Federation, with which he is closely working, to encourage our local MPs to support his motion, EDM 573, the Supporters Club & Trust wrote this week to the 14 Members representing Bristol and surrounding areas. The full text of the letter can be read here.
You, too, can write or e-mail your MP to ask him or her to support EDM 573. The simple and easy way to do so is via this link:
Ask your MP to support EDM 573, calling for trials of safe standing