PRESS NOTICE 08/1 - 04/04/08

Venue Announced for ICL Inquiry

Lord Gill today announced that Maryhill Community Central Hall, Glasgow will be the venue for the Public Inquiry into the explosion at the Stockline plastics factory on the 11 May 2004 in which 9 people died and 33 were injured.

The Community Central Hall is close to the factory operated by ICL Plastics Ltd and ICL Tech Ltd at Grovepark Mills and in the days immediately following the explosion it provided support and refuge for families and friends. A memorial service was subsequently held there and it continues to provide a meeting place for those affected by the explosion.

Certain areas of the Community Central Hall will be reserved exclusively to the Inquiry including the Reid Hall. Two rooms will be set aside for the use of the bereaved families and the survivors and their families. It is intended to provide viewing links from the Reid Hall to these rooms to enable the proceedings to be followed with a degree of privacy.

To enable the Inquiry to be held in the Community Central Hall it is necessary to undertake a dedicated schedule of refurbishment works. These works have been agreed with the assistance of Gary Gentles who is part of the Hall’s Management Team. The works are to be undertaken by contractors on behalf of the Scottish Courts Service in a phased programme, designed to minimise disruption to existing users of the Hall. (The works are expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete).

It is intended that the refurbishment will leave a lasting benefit to the Community Central Hall and the community it serves.

The timing for the public hearings has not yet been determined.

The next preliminary hearing will be on Tuesday 8 April at 4.00 p.m. in the High Court, Saltmarket, Glasgow. The transcript will be placed on the website.

The website is at www.theiclinquiry.org.uk. The website will be updated periodically with information concerning the Inquiry.

Notes:

This is a joint Inquiry between Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and is the first Joint Public Inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 and the first under the Act in Scotland.

The refurbishment works under consideration include

  • remodelling the entrance hall in order to enhance security for the site
  • necessary measures to meet with fire, health & safety and disability discrimination requirements for the proposed use of certain areas by the Inquiry
  • up-grading of toilets
  • re-decoration works to include general upgrade of the building fabric

The Community Central Hall is a registered Scottish Charity committed to working in partnership to promote social inclusion in Maryhill and throughout North West Glasgow by providing facilities, services and opportunities for the benefit and well-being of all sections of the community. www.communitycentralhall.org.uk

Contact Details : Martin Osler 0131 718 4065