Posted: 13/04/2016 at 18:44
I thought this would be unenforceable but effectively no money equals no consent for event which means no insurance. Checkmate - no event.
It seems that South Glos council which leases the park to the parish council has a policy of not charging for parking. Maybe it should have made an exception? I know the parish council seemed to want to "pick on" parkrun though which suggests to me that someone's nose was out of joint somewhere - numbers have increased, maybe they didn't like not having the park to themselves and their dog at 9am on a Sat?
They also said that charging more council tax was unfair because many parkrunners are from outside the area or locals don't use the park. In my area the town council has taken the opposite view and decided the residents of the town must pay for a venue even though the surrounding local parishioners probably use it just as much! It would be good to have a bit more consistency of approach.
Also if everyone took the view that you can't do parkrun if you don't live here I wouldn't be able to do any as my district doesn't have one although there are a few locally in other counties and districts. But you see it with rubbish tips and libraries too - the nearest one is just over a county border so you can't use it. It's the downside of local democracy.
Oh and many parish councillors are co-opted rather than elected. So not very democratic at all.