Chester FC have provided a further update following the latest home match postponement for the National League North club.

The statement reads:

The Board of City Fans United would firstly like to thank all Chester FC supporters for their ongoing patience with the current water damage issues at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

As fans ourselves, we fully understand the frustrations being felt at present by all supporters who have seen the postponement of three matches.We would like to reiterate that the club are doing everything it possibly can to return the Stadium to a normal functioning position.

Unfortunately there is no quick solution to water damage, especially when there is severe electrical damage too, some of which has caused key systems to be damaged beyond repair.

From the moment we were made aware (Monday 13th August) of the water damage sustained on the evening of Sunday 12th August, we were in contact with the key stakeholders to secure the drainage system from the roofing on the East stand to prevent damage which may have been caused by any further rainfall that the which was completed immediately.

Following this, an electrician was commissioned to assess how far the water had travelled and to what extent the electrics had been affected. Following this our insurers were immediately contacted with a local assessor coming out to view the damage. As advised through local media this damage was caused through the pitched roof draining rain water into a drainage system on the flat roof with a limited volume capacity.

This assessment then led to an immediate request for industrial driers to be brought in to help dry the water ingress in the Control Room, PA room, the media room behind the press bench, and carpeted areas around all of those rooms and stairs at the top of the East Stand. At this point we were in contact with the companies that installed the PA system and the CCTV previously along with other providers to arrange a visit to view the damage. These assessments have now been completed, alongside quotes from other providers to ensure a timely and appropriate completion of the task.

In addition to this damage IT infrastructure had also been harmed given that the electrical distribution board and communications terminals were located beneath where water had entered the building. On this basis the Club made the decision to close the entirety of the East Stand to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers and spectators until such a time that it was deemed safe to enter. This clearance was finally received on 21st August 2018 which deemed that the ground floor was fit to restore power and reopen.

Given the damage and loss of power to the PA system and CCTV, this left us with no valid safety certificate given these two components are essential to staging a football match. The option of staging a match without this certificate was not one that was available as the Club requires a safety certificate to open any area of the stadium.

Since the damage we had almost daily visits from different companies specialising in PA systems and also the CCTV to ascertain the damage to both and to quote and advise on replacement systems both in terms of timescales of completion, cost and suitability given the range of options available within this field. These quotes are now with the insurance assessors who will commission the work based on the quotes provided taking into account timescales, quality and cost.

The National League were consulted at all times during this process and as such visited the ground to see the damage for themselves and were satisfied with the actions taken. Following this visit, the National League announced the postponement of Saturday’s fixture.

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