Details of an application made by local representatives of parkrun UK to hold two weekly running events in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve have been published on the town council’s website.
The application has been made to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which owns the nature reserve and will make the final decision on whether or not to grant permission, but the town council, along with other interested parties, has been invited to submit comments.
Consultation on the application was originally due to end on 20th June, but has been extended so that the town council can discuss the matter at its meeting this Wednesday (22nd June).
In its application, parkrun UK says it seeks “shared use of the course”, with runners being instructed to “respect other park users and give way if necessary”.
A 5km timed run for adults would take place at 9am every Saturday, with a 2km run for children being held at 9am on Sundays. If attracting similar numbers to the recently closed Little Stoke parkrun, the Saturday event might be expected to see as many as 300 runners using the nature reserve.
Both runs would start on the path beneath the bridge where Bradley Stoke Way crosses over the Stoke Brook and finish nearby on the path that leads down into the nature reserve on the north-east side of Bradley Stoke Way.
The routes would see participants running in both directions along the path between Brook Way and the ‘duck pond’, with the adult runners additionally using the path between the ‘duck pond’ and a point just short of the footbridge behind Bradley Stoke Community School.
The application states that parkrunners are encouraged to walk, jog, cycle or take public transport to events, or car share where possible. Those driving to Bradley Stoke parkrun will be directed to the Willow Brook shopping centre, with the agreement of the centre management. Participants will be asked not to use the leisure centre car park or residential streets for parking.
When the application was last discussed by the town council at its AGM on 11th May, many councillors were less than enthusiastic, expressing concerns about the runners potentially damaging paths in the nature reserve and causing a hazard for other users. The meeting resolved that a video/photographic record of the route should be carried out to assess the state of the paths before the first run takes place and then again after six months.
Wednesday’s meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) takes place at the Jubilee Centre BS32 8HL, starting at 7pm. Residents may have their say during a 15-minute session at the start of the meeting. Town councillors may be contacted via the Council Members page of the BSTC website.
Image: Proposed route of the 5km Saturday parkrun in the nature reserve (sequence is: Start → b → a → c → a → e → b → a → c → Finish)
- Application for Bradley Stoke parkrun – supplementary information [PDF]
- Comments from SGC’s biodiversity officer [PDF]
Contact details for SGC Community Spaces team regarding the parkrun UK application to use the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve:
- e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- t: 01454 868000 (SGC)
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