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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MP defends parish council for charging running group

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A West MP has strongly defended the parish council which wants to charge Parkrun for the use of its land near Bristol.

Stoke Gifford parish council was widely criticised for asking the organisers of the free run in Little Stoke park for a contribution towards maintenance. But local MP Jack Lopresti said plans for legislation to stop this happening were "a sledgehammer to crack a nut"

A running statue at Little Stoke park Credit: PA

"I'm not of course against parkrun making profit and paying staff, but I do object to the argument that they should have the right to use Little Stoke Park for free for their organised events which dominate the park when all local organisations have to pay to do so."

– JACK LOPRESTI MP, Filton & Bradley Stoke

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