What do you mean, you missed the licence application for this year’s Run To The Beat? The notices are up in such prominent places! If you think the half-marathon, due to take place on 8 September, will be a pain in the backside, then at least you can object to its various plans to host sound stages at points on the route. If you feel strongly enough, don’t think someone else will do it for you. Here’s a guide on how to do it.
Here’s the full Greenwich Time ad with the list of locations. How on earth Run to the Beat reckons it’ll fit in a sound stage on the narrow Thames Path, heaven alone knows…
Note that the deadline for submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org is 26 August, less than a fortnight before the event, and presumably ahead of a licensing meeting scheduled for 4 September, just three days beforehand. Once again, it’s been left incredibly late – something which could put the event in peril if an appeal is launched, although it’s likely licensing officers will work to find compromises. Those unhappy about the route should contact Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, whose permission the council needs to shut roads which have already been closed by the London Marathon.
Here’s Greenwich cabinet member Maureen O’Mara, speaking last year:
“If this race is to return to the borough, it needs to be with residents fully understanding what’s going to happen in their streets, and what’s going to happen with licensing.
“And we need to think – well, what does this bring into the borough? I certainly don’t want go through again, the anguish of the past four weeks. We have to be absolutely clear about why Run To The Beat is here in the first place.
“If residents say they don’t want it, then we’ll have to talk to IMG about that.”
It’s also worth remembering that the Greenwich & Woolwich branch of the Labour party passed a resolution that Run to the Beat should only happen after “a full public consultation“.
If you don’t think Greenwich Council and IMG have lived up to either of these declarations, now’s your chance to do something.