Police pull support for charity fun run

PUBLISHED: 05:50 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

Sawston Fun Run 2006 - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Sawston Fun Run 2006 - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

ORGANISERS of Sawston Fun Run will have to pay up to £3000 to hold this year s event as Cambridgeshire Police have withdrawn their traffic control support. The Rotary Club of Sawston District is in negotiations with a London-based consultancy firm to draw

ORGANISERS of Sawston Fun Run will have to pay up to £3000 to hold this year's event as Cambridgeshire Police have withdrawn their traffic control support.

The Rotary Club of Sawston District is in negotiations with a London-based consultancy firm to draw up a traffic management plan to satisfy South Cambs District Council's Safety Advisory Partnership Group.

And the rotarians will put their plan, which covers safety, a medical risk assessment, traffic management and environmental health issues, to the group next Thursday (January 25).

Chairman of the organising committee, Tony Collett, said: "For some time now, the Association of Chief Police Officers has been told to restrict officers to civil policing as much as possible, but they've supported us for the last two years anyway.

"From our point of view, despite the fact they've done it for the last two years, it's a shame and gives us a huge hurdle to overcome."

Mr Collett said the cost of employing a traffic management company to implement the plan on the day, scheduled to be April 29, could equate to a quarter of the money they raise.

"We've been told implementing the plan could cost as much as £3000, which has horrified us as it's money that should be going to charity," he said.

"This would be additional money above our normal operating costs of about £2000, which is spent on printing, brochures, trophies, signage and entry forms, and could equate to about 25 per cent of the amount we raise.

"On the day, roads have to be closed temporarily and SCDC has given us the names of four companies who can implement the plan for us."

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "The constabulary is in agreement with national guidelines, which say police resources should be used to deal with priority policing.

"The constabulary does not have the power to close roads except in the event of an emergency."

Last year's Sawston Fun Run attracted 900 entrants, raising £15,000 for local charities, and the event has raised more than £270,000 since 1986.

The major beneficiaries of this year's race will be Addenbrooke's Hospital, Milton Children's Hospice, Meldreth Manor and Sawston's Riding for the Disabled.

Sawston Rotary Club president George Howard, said: "The community has shown over the years how much they are willing to raise funds for local causes.

"We will be doing our very best to meet the extra organisational requirements and costs demanded of us."

To find out about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, email Tony Collett on tony.collett@ntlworld.com or ring him on 01223 893447.

Race entry forms will be available in March from www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk, from all branches of Cambridge Building Society and from Sawston Village College.

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