Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats have responded to reports of an amended route for this year's Run to the Beat half marathon, organised by the IMG Group and due to take place in the Borough on September 8th. The new route is intended to shorten the length of time roads are closed by making more use of Greenwich Park but seems to maintain the circular pattern which has led to residents feeling trapped in their homes in previous years.
A Local Liberal Democrat spokesperson said, "It is probably too soon to say whether or to what extent the new arrangements will help resolve the issues that have arisen over the last five years. However, it is unsatisfactory that all discussions so far seem to have taken place behind closed doors in the Town Hall."
"If the current proposals had been published as a draft a couple of months back local residents could have cast an expert eye over them and possibly have helped to iron out snags. As it is the Council have just dumped a fait accompli onto local people. It appears that the Labour Council's order of priority is IMG Group first, the runners second and residents last.
"It is also unsatisfactory the way the information seems to have dribbled out via IMG and the media, with no announcements from the Council. Greenwich deserves better."
Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats call on the Council to rethink their plans for this event. The amended route should probably not be circular, and proper, public discussions should take place with local residents along any new route before it is agreed.
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