On 30 September 2017, the access to the KCOM Stadium from the KCOM Stadium end of a pedestrian walkway running from Argyle Street/Londesborough Street to the KCOM Stadium, was closed by way of the shutting of a security gate (“the Gate”) by SMC.
Following recent positive discussions between Hull City Council and SMC, as a gesture of goodwill, SMC has informed Hull City Council that SMC is willing to open the Gate during the following hours of the 2017 Hull Fair period to enable people visiting Hull Fair to travel to and from Hull Fair using the Argyle Street/Londesborough Street pedestrian route to the KCOM Stadium.
- Friday 6 October 2017 4.30pm - Midnight
- Saturday 7 October 2017 2pm - Midnight
- Sunday 8 October 2017 Closed all day
- Monday 9 October 2017 4pm - Midnight
- Friday 13 October 2017
- Saturday 14 October 2017 2pm - Midnight
The opening of the Gate during these hours would result in SMC being exposed to increased public liability issues and incurring additional costs in maintaining the security of the KCOM Stadium and the safety and well being of people using the Argyle Street/Londesborough Street pedestrian walkway to travel to and from Hull Fair across part of the KCOM Stadium land leased to SMC. This proposal was, therefore, subject to Hull City Council indemnifying SMC in respect of those additional costs and liabilities.
That proposal, which remains open for acceptance, has not presently been accepted by Hull City Council. The Gate shall, therefore, remain closed, other than at those times previously publicised by SMC.
Contrary to incorrect statements made on social media and to the local media by third parties, the Gate does not interfere with or obstruct any public rights of way, there being no public rights of way over either the pedestrian walkway running from Argyle Street/Londesborough Street to the KCOM Stadium, nor any part of the KCOM Stadium land leased to SMC.
Likewise, the installation and closure of the Gate does not breach any of the terms of the Lease between Hull City Council and SMC regarding the KCOM Stadium. SMC can only assume that third parties making incorrect statements upon the terms of the Lease have either not read the Lease terms, or have not understood them.