In 1986, throughout England the metropolitan county councils including South Yorkshire County Council were abolished. The functions of the county council were devolved to the boroughs; joint-boards covering fire, police and public transport; and to other special joint arrangements.
This File contains the following items: Transcript from Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry of Mr Collins; Hand written notes; Report to Policy Committee by Sheffield City Council Director of Libraries and Information Services on The Libraries Response (May 1989); News Releases from Sheffield City Council; Minutes of meeting of the Officers Working Part (Sheffield District) relating to the proposal of Sheffield Wednesday Football club to construct new turnstiles/ segregation of supporters at Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Football Stadium (18 April 1985); Photocopies of articles and Newspaper cuttings; West Midlands Police document stating the files received from Sheffield City Council Building Surveyor relating to the Hillsborough Football Stadium; City of Sheffield Department of Land and Planning Plan of Hillsborough Football Stadium West Stand Existing plan (15/04/1989); Newspaper cuttings from the Sunday Times.
Items marked File 73C: Witness letter requested for the Coroner, November 1990; Papers relating to Sheffield City Council's role in the Lord Justice Taylor Hillsborough Inquiry, including technical reports, expenditure costs, memorandum, papers relating to the removal of Barrier 124A, Submission to the Taylor Inquiry on behalf of Sheffield City Council (May - July 1989), Memorandum relating Recommendation 31 of the Taylor Final Report (July 1989); Papers, Memorandum, Agendas and Minutes for meeting of the Hillsborough Disaster Co-ordinating Group April - May 1989; Memorandum from City of Sheffield reporting the opening day of the Coroner's Inquest, April 1989; Document Summary Sheet of documentation relating to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club from File No. 4. Key to photographs; Correspondence regarding Review of Football Ground Safety following the Disaster; Letter from Football Association to all County Football Associations requesting report stating any immediate actions to implement changes, 17 April 1989; Local Press Bulletin - Sheffield Libraries, and Itinerary for meeting between representatives from Liverpool City Council and Sheffield City Council regarding visit to Hillsborough on 19 April 1989; Plan of Hillsborough Football Stadium. ... more
File of correspondence and copy correspondence, Minutes of meetings, Memorandums collated by Sheffield City Council following the Disaster: Minutes of meetings of the Hillsborough Disaster Co-ordinating Group, April 1989. Correspondence between, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and West Midlands Police regarding retention of parts of Hillsborough Stadium for the purpose of the Taylor Inquiry and segregation policy in games following the Disaster, April 1989. Department of Health Press release regarding setting up of CRUSE Bereavement care counselling working group for the Disaster, 20 April 1989. Statement by the Home Secretary read in House of Commons and re-read in the House of Lords, 17 April 1989. Safety at Sports Grounds Act memorandum and correspondence regarding inspections at Sheffield United Football Club and other South Yorkshire sports grounds, April 1989. Agenda for Directors of Social Service meetings (Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield), April 1989. Papers regarding the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal including Sheffield City Council Memorandums between Principle Solicitors and Mark Webster, Minutes and press releases and Declaration of Trust April 1989. Complaint from a member of the public, April 1989. South Yorkshire Police Authority Special Meetings Minutes, including statement from the Chief Constable and Chairman of the Authority and memorandum relating to the meeting and Questions to be raised by Sheffield City Council, 20-21 April 1989. Correspondence and Minutes relating to pitch perimeter gates at Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs, April 1989. Memorandum from J. Sewell, Principle Solicitor to Mark Webster, Acting head of department and press releases regarding reporting the procedure of the first day of the Coroner's Inquests, 19 April 1989. Typed Information notes on Safety at Sports Grounds Act, Duties of the Coroner, Health and safety at work Act Terms of Reference for the Popplewell Inquiry. Plan of Hillsborough Stadium. Extract from Meeting of the General Purposes panel regarding safety at sports grounds, 7 September 1987. Correspondence from Eastwoods and Partners regarding barrier testing. South Yorkshire County Council papers and reports regarding the crushing at the 1981 FA Cup Semi Final at Hillsborough Safety Certificate South Yorkshire Police Operation Orders 1987 FA Cup Semi Final and league match between Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers, 2 May 1987, 1979-1987. ... more
File of correspondence and copy correspondence, Minutes of meetings, Memorandums collated by Sheffield City Council following the Disaster: Correspondence with Home Office relating to the financial cost of the Hillsborough Disaster and arrangements of the Taylor Inquiry to Sheffield City Council, April - July 1989. Correspondence regarding arrangements for the Coroner's Inquests. Letter from Lord Justice Taylor thanking the Lord Mayor for the arrangements during the Inquiry. Correspondence, memorandum and file notes of meetings regarding a review of administrative and inspection systems in relation to Safety at Sports Grounds following the Taylor Report including alterations of ground, draft safety certificate conditions, June - July 1989. Correspondence regarding meeting with Liverpool delegates. Extracts of Taylor Transcripts. Briefing Notes for Special meeting of the Police Authority and access to Council information, 21 April 1989. Minutes of Hillsborough Disaster Coordinating group, May 1989. ... more
File of correspondence and copy correspondence, Minutes of meetings, Memorandums collated by Sheffield City Council following the Disaster: Report of Acting Head of Administrative and Legal department to the Policy committee giving draft overview and proposals for the overview and proposal for the future with extract from Policy Committee meeting, with appendices, November 1989, duplicate copies with annotations. Meeting of the General Purposes Panel, 17 August 1989. Second draft Statement of David Bownes, Chief Licensing Officers, Sheffield City Council. With Summary of documents [Submitted to the Taylor Inquiry] and list of correspondence between Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Correspondence with Dr Popper, Municipal Mutual Insurance and Sheffield City Council regarding responsibility for financial costs of the Coroner following the application for a Judicial Review of the Coroner's Decision, March 1992 - June 1993. Letters from Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council to Principal District Surveyor and Chief Licensing Officer, Sheffield City Council stating there are no grounds for taking disciplinary action against them, with memorandum from City Solicitor to Chief Executive clarifying this position, January 1991. Memorandums and Correspondence between various parties including Sheffield City Council staff, Municipal Mutual Insurance, Eastwood and Partners, Home Office, HM Coroner, Liverpool City Council, West Midlands Police, Clive Betts, Leader of Sheffield City Council and Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs regarding various maters including: Clapham Junction Railway Disaster. Preparations for a report on Sheffield City Council's response to the Disaster. Handwritten notes relating to television programme on Safety of sports grounds, April 1994. Sheffield City Council's role in the Hillsborough Disaster Fund. Arrangement for the Coroner's Inquests. Implementation of Taylor recommendations. Criminal Inquiry. Typed copies of Witness Statement of Mark Webster, Head of Administration and Legal Department, Sheffield City Council. Reports relating to the Implications of the Taylor Inquiry for local Authority and football Club Relationships. Preparation for report for the Policy Committee. Notes on Sheffield Trades Union Council's Submission of the Taylor Inquiry. Internal Inquiry into staff responsibility. Costs of the Taylor Inquiry. Costs of Civil Claims arising from the Disaster. Report of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Annual Inspections of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs following Taylor recommendations. Correspondence relating to "Disasters never walk alone" article in the Municipal Journal by Norman Bush, Building Surveyor of Liverpool City Council, and statements made by members of the council. Amended Safety Certificates for Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs including stewarding and emergency evacuation procedures. Notes to be discussed at South Yorkshire Police Authority Meeting, August 1989. Reports of Acting head of Administrative and Legal department to Municipal, Enterprise and General Service Policy Working Group concerning Safety at Sports Grounds, August 1989. Removal of radial fences at Sheffield United Football Club. Reports of Acting head of Administrative and Legal department to General Purposes Panel, August 1989. Briefing Note for meetings of General Purposes Panel. Actions required post Taylor Interim Report on Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs. Writ and Statement of claims from family of one of the Deceased against Sheffield City Council. Invitation from Liverpool City Council to attend meeting regarding provision of additional financial support for social services. Agreement between Sheffield Wednesday Football Club And South Yorkshire Police August 1989. Memorandums regarding Terraces capacity at Hillsborough and Bramall Lane. Memorandums regarding establishment of the Hillsborough Task Team. ... more
This file includes the following items: Letter from Chief Fire Officer to the Chairman of the South Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority enclosing Submission and Final Observations of [Andrew Collins, Counsel for the Treasury Solicitor] to the Taylor Inquiry, 1989 and Chief Fire Officers Submission to the Taylor Inquiry, 17th July 1989. Letter from Chief Fire Officer to Editor of FIRE Magazine regarding article "Fire computer's confusion over Hillsborough", July 1989. Fire officer's recollections and reports (Handwritten and typed), largely relating to equipment, April - May 1989. ... more
This file includes the following items: Chief Fire Officer's Submission to the Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry, drafts with annotations, June 1989. Letter from Home Office to Sheffield City Council regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Taylor Inquiry, March 1990. Final Observations by Counsel [for South Yorkshire Fire Service] to the Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry, July 1989. Recommendations to the Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry on behalf of Sheffield City Council, November 1989. Report of Head of Administration and Legal Department, Sheffield City Council regarding the outline proposed establishment of the Safety of Sports Grounds Forum, November 1989. Submission by the Fire Brigades Union to the Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry, [June 1989]. Submission on Part One of the Hillsborough Inquiry on behalf of South Yorkshire County Fire Service and Civil Defence Authority. Pages 17 - 37 Statement of South Yorkshire Fire Service and Defence Authority [by Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Seaman]: "Safety of Sports Ground Act". General Safety Certificate for Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs, Schedule, drafts and related correspondence, May 1989. ... more
This file includes the following items: Final Observations of [Andrew Collins, Counsel for the Treasury Solicitor] to the Taylor Inquiry, 1989 Report of Divisional Officer, Fire Prevention, South Yorkshire Fire Service. List of fire officers of management position still to be interviewed by West Midlands Police as of June 1989. Handwritten notes regarding the breaking of the barrier in Pen 3. Plans of West Stand Terraces and Hillsborough Stadium Correspondence and reports regarding responsibility for Safety Certificate, 1986 - May 1989. Report on "capacity of central pens based on Exits" [Hillsborough Stadium], June 1989. Memorandum from Chief Fire Officer to Divisional Commanders regarding visits to football Grounds on match days, November 1985 - August 1986. Recollection of member of Working Party Committee regarding inspection of Spion Kop extension in July 1986, August 1989. "Safety of Sports Grounds and Duties of Stewards", annotated. Appendix I: Emergency Procedures". Handwritten notes "Police Submission". Handwritten notes "A Seamen- Reference Material". Various handwritten notes [related to the Submission to Taylor Inquiry and Fire Officers reports?]. Schedule of Fire Officers available for interview. Report of Chief Fire Officer regarding the Hillsborough Disaster. Transcript of Initial call from Police to Fire Service for Hillsborough Stadium. Schedules of " Selected items from BBC material on Video". Letter from Football Association requesting review of ground safety following the Hillsborough Disaster, 17th April 1989. Computer print of gate figures for Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham United, 2nd April 1989. Copy of Chief Fire Officer Report sent to Home Office, April 1989. Submission by Chief Fire Officer, May 1989. Statement by Retired Fire Prevention Officer regarding inspections of Working Party on Application Certificate by Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Fire Officer's reports of events on the 15th April 1989. Fire Officers reports for Inspections' of Hillsborough Stadium for the1988 FA Cup Semi Final, May 1989. ... more
This file includes the following items: The file includes handwritten notes/dividers. Statement of South Yorkshire Fire Service and Defence Authority [by Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Seaman]: "Safety of Sports Ground Act". Handwritten notes "Chapter 3: History". Calculations of crowd density in pens, June 1989. "Safety of Sports Grounds Act: Emergency Evacuation procedures Stewards". Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Instructions to Stewards". Correspondence and Notes for Files between South Yorkshire County Council, Eastwood and Partners and Fire Service regarding Safety at Sports Ground Act and Safety Certificate of Hillsborough Stadium. Largely concerning: visit and inspections of Hillsborough Stadium by South Yorkshire Fire Service, emergency evacuation procedures, facilities and building works, staff training, Segregation of supporters (including plans), Bradford Fire Disaster, delegation of responsibilities between authorities, proposals for instillation of radial fencing at Leepings Lane Terraces, fire instructions and drills, Eastwood and Partners Report Ground Capacity, 1982 - 1989. Minutes of meetings of Officer Working Party and Safety of Sports Grounds Act Advisory Group, 1976 - 1987. Safety Certificate for Hillsborough Stadium, November 1979, Annotated. Application for Safety Certificate for Hillsborough Stadium, September 1978. ... more
This file includes the following items: Plans of Hillsborough Stadium by South Yorkshire County Council, [1989?]. Letter from Home office to London Fire and Civil Defence Authority regarding inspection of premises [not stated], 17th December 1986. Correspondence between Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officer' Association and Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry regarding arrangements for meeting, November 1989. Handwritten notes regarding turnstiles. Transcript of initial call from Police to Fire Service Control on the 15th April 1989. Correspondence from Chief Fire Officer to members of the South Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority enclosing extract of the Lord Justice Taylor Interim Report, August 1989. Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officer' Association Submission to the Lord Justice Taylor Inquiry, including drafts and comments, June 1989 Correspondence between Director of Bochum Fire Service and Harry Wright, Chief Fire Officer, South Yorkshire Fire Service offering condolences for the Disaster, May 1989. Contact prints of Hillsborough Stadium following the Disaster. ... more
This file includes the following items: Correspondence from Messrs Crutes Solicitors regarding recollections of Fire Officers for the Taylor Inquiry, November 1989. Final Observations of [Andrew Collins, Counsel for the Treasury Solicitor] to the Taylor Inquiry, 1989. Submission on Part one of the Hillsborough Inquiry on behalf of South Yorkshire Fire Service and Civil Defence Authority, June 1989. Written answer of Division Officer to questions arising from the Officer working party meeting on 18th April 1985. Correspondence between Sheffield City Council and Chief Fire Officer regarding Revised draft Safety Certificate and perimeter fencing, May 1989. Scheduled of duties and responsibilities headed "Fire Instructions and Drills" and "Action to be taken in the event of a fire", sent to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club from Divisional Commander, South Yorkshire Fire Service, 9th April 1980. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club "Emergency Evacuation Procedure", 1981. Newspaper cuttings regarding survey of South Stand Roof at Hillsborough Stadium, undated. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club "Emergency Evacuation Procedure", 1982. "Safety of Sports Grounds and Duties of Stewards" Sheffield Wednesday Football Club "Instructions to stewards", marked "current". Fire Service department Notes for File regarding building works for west stand alterations at Hillsborough Stadium 1985. Report by Assistant Chef Fire Officer A.D. Hornsby "Hillsborough Disaster operational equipment in attendance at the incident", with appendixes, May 1989. Report by Chef Fire Officer H.E. Wright "Brief Factual Report, with appendixes, May 1989. South Yorkshire County Fire Service Memorandums from Fire Officers to Chief Fire Officer recounting events on the 15th April 1989, April - May 1989. List of Fire Officers to be interviewed by West Midlands Police, June 1989. Report of Assistant Chief Fire Officer A. D Hornsby recounting events on the 15th April 1989, 17th April 1989. Report by Chef Fire Officer H.E. Wright, April 1989. ... more