Notts County Football Club will now be able to play in front of 17,271 fans after Meadow Lane after gaining a green light by the council.

The capacity increase comes following a full review of the safety standards and procedures by Nottingham City Council.

County have been working closely with the council to improve the safety rating issued for Meadow Lane, which ultimately decides the number of fans allowed into the stadium on matchdays.

Notts County CEO, James Rodwell told club website: "There is more to raising safety standards than just procedures and ground improvements, it’s about earning the trust of the City Council and I think that this announcement represents a massive step forward with that."

The Council has agreed that the maximum allowable capacity should be increased to an S-Rating of 0.85 meaning the club can now entertain 17,271 supporters.

“Huge credit should go the club's Safety Officer, Brian Walton, who has been overseeing the work to improve the safety procedures at Meadow Lane, but I know that he is not satisfied with this latest increase and is determined to continue his hard work to get the club back up to full capacity, where we all feel we belong," Rodwell added.

"That will, hopefully, come with time, as the City Council, who issue the safety certificate, put their faith back in the club and I am delighted that the relationship between the two parties continues to go from strength to strength."

Posted on 29/09/2010