Council votes to charge organisers of free park run

A parish council in South Gloucestershire is to become the first in the UK to charge a group to use one of its parks for a weekend fun run.

Hundreds take part in two free, timed runs organised by Parkrun UK in Little Stoke Park near Bristol. Now, the group is being asked for money to help maintain the paths.

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South Glos Labour leader criticises parish council over Parkrun charge

The leader of the Labour group on South Gloucestershire Council has criticised Stoke Gifford Parish Council's decision to charge the organisers of Parkrun UK for using a local park. Cllr Pat Rooney pointed out that the two Labour members of the parish council voted against the charge.

Cllr Rooney said: “South Gloucestershire has been thrust into the media spotlight because of this mean-spirited decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

"We need to do more to encourage people willingly to embrace healthier activities, not make it more difficult. Stoke Gifford Tories are responsible for levying a health tax.

" I urge the Conservative leadership in South Gloucestershire to encourage their Stoke Gifford colleagues to reverse this decision, and to make it clear that they don’t want it replicated anywhere else in our district.”

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