Summary of BIAS Executive Committee Meeting held 9th March 2020

BIAS Executive Committee discussed and agreed the following key points:-

BIAS Membership

Membership has now risen to 751 Full Members, with 19 new members since the beginning of the year.

17 members continue to make donations but we do not have email contact details for them. Letters have been forwarded to the postal addresses held on file but have not been replied to. Work continues to make contact with these members.

Match Day Ticket Sales

Following the meeting with Jon Varney (CEO Brentford Football Club) at the beginning of February, it was agreed that Supporter Groups led by BIAS will meet with the Club to review the current Ticket Access Point (TAP’s) and match day ticket process to see if improvements can be made before the start of the new season. We are aware that there are a number of challenges with the current process and are pleased that the Club have agreed to meet with us to see how this can be improved upon so that it is fair and transparent for all fans using the system.

Dates for this meeting are awaited and further updates will be provided in due course.

If any member has any sensible suggestions to improve this process, please email feedback@bias.org.uk.

Safe Standing

With the building work at the new stadium at a critical stage, the Club have confirmed that they will not be adding any risk to the stadium completion date by installing safety rails ahead of next season and therefore the new stadium must be regarded as an all seater stadium.

Committee agreed to monitor the progress of the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) recommendations and Government legislation for safe standing and work with the Club to bring this into effect (in all or part of the West Stand of the new stadium) as soon as this is practical.

Committee confirmed support for the choice for supporters to stand at the new stadium and will continue to raise this with the Club at our regular meetings

Meeting with Jon Varney

BIAS plan to meet with Jon Varney again on 6th April to understand readiness for starting next season at the new stadium. This includes plans for catering, transport, new technology (cashless stadium) and test events. The Committee are also keen to understand plans for Farewell Griffin Park, including our last game of the season (excluding possible play-offs) against Barnsley.

An update from our meeting with Jon will be posted next month.

Full minutes will be posted in due course on the BIAS website.

The next executive committee meeting will be on Monday 11th May, due to the April meeting with Jon Varney.

As always, the strength of BIAS’ influence is based on the number and activity of our members. If you are not a member, help add to that voice, and join TODAY at bias.org.uk/join – it is now FREE and only takes a couple of minutes.

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