A parish council in South Gloucestershire is to becomethe 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 organisers will be asked to pay to use the facilities, with the money going towards maintaining the paths.
Stoke Gifford Parish Council says that Parkrun are an organised group, and like any other group using the facilities should contribute towards the maintenance. They added that runners puts a lot of strain on the paths, and they've received complaints from locals about people parking on the pavement and grass verges.
Meanwhile athletes such as runner Paula Ratcliffe, as well as the London Marathon, have come out in support of the running group, saying running should be free for all.
But what do you think? It''s certainly got many of you talking on our social media sites today.
I wanted to run that badly I would be happy to pay a reasonable fee
Surely that is what council tax is for....you shouldn't have to pay to use a public park @itvwestcountry
It's absolutely disgusting, the council should embrace the benefits of exercise and the reduction of the drain to the NHS.
Locals are restricted on their activities due to such large numbers turning up all at once and laying out courses etc. The car park must get congested and there's the cost of maintaining facilities such as the toilets and bins etc.
A little bit of money from each attendee would help towards upkeep.
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