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Spiralling fun run costs eased by town council

LOOKING AHEAD: Sudbury Fun Run race director Jonathan Price at the start line in Great Eastern Road.

LOOKING AHEAD: Sudbury Fun Run race director Jonathan Price at the start line in Great Eastern Road.

Costs of more than £4,000 for road safety measures have been slashed after the town council stepped in to help Sudbury Fun Run.

The annual race was facing the bill – which would severely dent the money it raises for charity – for traffic management and road closures.

In the past, the event has relied on police assistance to cover these areas, but the force is no longer required to lend its support under new regulations.

At a Sudbury Town Council meeting last week, members voted to pledge £2,000 from its grant aid budget in order to train people to help out.

On Thursday, council clerk Sue Brotherwood held a further meeting with Suffolk County Council, race organisers and police.

“We have resolved the issues raised,” said Mrs Brotherwood.

“There will probably be three or four trained people prior to this year’s fun run and then several more for next year.”

She added that these people would also be able to help with other events around the town, while a deal had been struck to reduce the cost of road safety measures, including around £1,500 for temporary traffic lights in Cats Lane.

Jonathan Price, chairman of Sudbury Joggers, which organises the five-mile course, said he was “delighted” with the council’s input.

“This is probably the town’s biggest community event and hopefully everything will work out,” he said.

 

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