As part of the Section 106 planning agreement for the construction of Emirates Stadium, the ‘Liaison Committee’ was formed to discuss environmental and transport issues related to Emirates Stadium.

Islington Council is the appointed secretary for the Liaison Committee and other stakeholders represented are: Arsenal, the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport For London, local residents and businesses, as well as various other local organisations.

The main discussion points for the Liaison Committee are as follows:

The Local Area Management Plan - This is a plan to minimise adverse environmental impacts and nuisance to residents and businesses, which are otherwise likely to be adversely affected by the use of the stadium for major events (ie when there are more than 10,000 people in the stadium).

The Stadium Travel Plan - This is a travel plan for Emirates Stadium which will identify measures to be taken by Arsenal to achieve the Modal Split Target for major events (at least 88% of spectators are to use modes other than private car to arrive within the locality of the Emirates Stadium) and to ensure that Retention of Visitors Measures are effective.

The Monitoring Programme  - The council requires Arsenal to appoint an independent agent approved by the council to carry out data collection and analysis. Initially, during the first 12 months of stadium operation and also in subsequent seasons. The purpose of this will be to monitor compliance with the Local Area Management Plan and the Stadium Travel Plan in order to ensure that the adverse environmental impacts are minimised, that the Modal Split Target is achieved and maintained and that the Retention of Visitors Measures are effective. Auditing will take place six months after the new stadium opens and at the end of the first football season at the new stadium.

Environmental and Safety Audit  - The audit sets out mitigation measures that aim to prevent and minimise negative environmental effects. Auditing of measures to take place at regular intervals.

On Thursday 29th March, the second Liaison Committee meeting took place in the Press Conference Room at Emirates Stadium and was attended by approximately 30 people, made up from various organisations and local residents.

The meeting was chaired by Islington Council, with the Club’s transport consultants, Steer Davies Gleave presenting the interim findings of the monitoring process from the first part of this season. The meeting also gave local residents an opportunity to raise any issues related to the impact of Emirates Stadium to the local area.

Steer Davies Gleave explained to the meeting that the monitoring is a continual process until the end of the season, but their research has concentrated on four specific matches - Everton (28 Oct), Hamburg (21 Nov), Man Utd (21 Jan) and Chelsea (6 May).

The full findings of the interim report and the minutes of the Liaison Committee meeting on 29 March can be found on the attached PDF document, but generally the findings have so far concluded that the 'Modal Split Target' (the amount of supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium on Matchdays by private car) is in line with expectations, and all other issues regarding The Stadium Travel Plan are also in line with expectations.

Following the presentation of the interim findings, a Question and Answer session was held, where local residents were able to ask questions to Arsenal, Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police Service and Transport For London.

For further information concerning the Liaison Committee, please visit the dedicated section on Islington Council’s official website: www.islington.gov.uk/Leisure/arsenal/LiaisonCommittee

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