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Should local councils be able to charge for parkrun events?

The Department for Communities and Local Government has in the last few days issued a public consulation document "Running Free". This consultation sets out Government proposals "to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks."

I would encourage all Bugs, whatever, their views, to respond to the consultation. (I am strongly opposed to Councils being able to charge people for running in the park. Equally I have no problem at all with looking at ways in which parkrunners can contribute more back to the park - for example by participating in voluntary litter picks.)

The reference to the consulation is below - or it can easily be found by googling. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/608372/Parkrun_ConDoc.pdf

Richard Woodfield Richard Woodfield

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  1. Sharnie1

    Sharnie1 Well shared Richard - I have never yet done a park run but I feel totally opposed to charging park read morerunners as I've seen so many runners benefit so much from the support and cameraderie they get from the local park run.

    1 20 Apr 17
  2. gordon.lott

    gordon.lott Well done for promoting this Richard. It's ridiculous councils think of charging runners or read moreParkRunners for use of local parks. It would be like charging cyclists for the use of cycle lanes! And why should a ParkRunner be charged when someone who runs through a park on the way to work every day doesn't get charged. Absolutely right the Government is trying to nip it in the bud.

    1 20 Apr 17