Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Council pledges to help fun run organisers

10:00 10 January 2013

The fun run in full flow through the streets of Sudbury.

The fun run in full flow through the streets of Sudbury.

Archant

THE town council has pledged to help organisers of a long-standing charity event in Sudbury, who have been hit by thousands of pounds of road safety costs.

shares

In the past, road closures and safety issues associated with the annual Sudbury Fun Run were managed by the police. But legislation has been introduced which means police officers are no longer responsible for reducing congestion and disruption on Suffolk’s road network.

The situation has left organisers of the fun run – which attracts nearly 1,000 runners and walkers, and raises thousands of pounds for charity – facing a bill of more than £4,000 to pay for a road management company to ensure safety regulations are adhered to.

This includes an estimated £1,500 to pay for temporary traffic lights at a point along the route, and extra for diversion signs.

Sudbury Joggers running club, which organises the event said the bill would have a devastating effect and would take up the majority of the money usually allocated to good causes.

Club member Jonathan Price said: “Last year we raised more than £6,000 to be shared between two charities, but if we have to pay for the road management this year, that amount would be severely compromised.

“We have no choice but to ensure we have qualified people managing the road issues during the event, as it is a legal requirement.

“Everybody really enjoys taking part and it is a big incentive for the walkers and runners to know they are raising money for such worthy causes. It would be tragic if much of this money is lost on what is basically red tape.”

At a town council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted to allocate up to £2,000 from a grant aid budget to pay for traffic management training for Sudbury Joggers members. Councillor Nigel Bennett said they could finance the training on the proviso that the volunteers helped with traffic management at other town events in the future.

The mayor, Jack Owen said there was a certain amount of confusion surrounding who was responsible for traffic management and he called for a county council representative to attend a town meeting to explain. He added: “The county highways department will act in an advisory capacity and they have suggested traffic lights at the Cats Lane junction, which we have never needed before. However, they won’t get involved in the financial side of things, which rests with the people organising the event and the local authority.

“All councils are cutting back on contributions to charities so more events need to be organised to replace those funds. This is something we need to find a way around because it is going to hit dozens of similar events this summer.”

During the Good Friday fun run, participants take on a five-mile course through the streets of Sudbury and Great Cornard. It has been a major date on the town’s calendar since the 1980s. Anybody who can offer further support is asked to call Mr Price on 01787 880796.

shares

0 comments

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a 14 year old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston.

A peaceful Suffolk village is tonight in shock after the death of a 14-year-old boy from gunshot wounds.

The A1092 through Clare is closed due to a road traffic accident.

Police were called at 3.35pm today to attend a serious road traffic collision in Clare.

Knight Owl ridden by George Wood (centre) gets the better of Examiner ridden by Oisin Murphy (right) to win The Suffolk Stakes Race run during QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Newmarket celebrated 350 years of world-class horse racing this weekend – and ushered in the anniversary with a Spitfire display.

Waveney River Centre.

A young girl has died after she was found unconscious in a pool at Waveney River Centre at around midday today.

Entrants set off in last year's Rotary Club of Felixstowe fun run on the resort's seafront.

After a warm and fairly dry weekend, Bank Holiday Monday is set to get off to a dry start in Suffolk but turn wet and blowy by the afternoon.

More than 600 vehicles - cars, buses, military vehicles and motorcycles - taking part in the 46th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run. Christchurch Park. Left to right, Ross and Stuart Holman.

Hundreds of car owners took advantage of one of the first good days of the year to take part in Sunday’s historic vehicle run from Ipswich to Felixstowe.

Norfolk Police. Photo: Steve Adams

Police were called to the scene of a three car crash on the A146, near the Morrisons roundabout, at around 11.24am.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24