Car park charity row
A ROW has broken out after it emerged today that BBC Sport Relief would not benefit from income from a car park used by charity runners. Paul West, a member of Ipswich Borough Council, said runners were shocked to be charged £3 to park in Scrivener Drive before running a mile long circuit of Chantry Park for charity on Sunday.
A ROW has broken out after it emerged today that BBC Sport Relief would not benefit from income from a car park used by charity runners.
Paul West, a member of Ipswich Borough Council, said runners were shocked to be charged £3 to park in Scrivener Drive before running a mile long circuit of Chantry Park for charity on Sunday. He said the money raised should go to the charity.
The disagreement grew after a council spokesman said the car park cost £1,200 to administer and there was no money left over for a donation.
Cllr West said: "I think the borough has blundered here. I think it realised it was insensitive to charge for parking.
"I think it is a bit much."
Mr West, the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Ipswich, said he would ask the council for full detailed accounts of how the car park in Scrivener Drive cost £1,200 to administer.
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He said he strongly believed £1,200 was an excessive amount.
"I find it difficult to accept. Does it cost £1200 to put up a few signs and employ two or three guys to collect the money?
"I shall be tabling a question on Wednesday's council meeting which requires a detailed answer."
Mr West, councillor for the Stoke Park area of the town, said he had written to the council's chief executive about the car park revenue.
A spokesman for the council said the money covered the cost of signs, administration and staff.
He said: "There was no cost to the borough or the tax payer.
"There was no donation to charity as we did not make a profit and did not have any to give. We broke even."
Mr West, 35, ran the mile in 8 minutes raising about £20 for BBC Sport Relief.
"It was a bit of a slow time and £20 is not a great sum but it was a fun afternoon. There were thousands of people, the atmosphere was really good."
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