triathlons axed as council hikes up road closure costs
of Burnham-On-Sea's popular triathlon events have been cancelled
following a big hike in the cost of road closures by cash-strapped
Somerset County Council.
Swim and Sports Academy, which has overseen the events for many
years, says they are no longer financially viable.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the academy's Mark Cox Conklin said: "It's
so disappointing that the county council's costs for our road closures
is making these lovely events unviable."
only need temporary closures of small sections of local roads in
place for a few hours to ensure the safety of participants, road
users and spectators. Without the closures, the events can't go
Sprint triathlon and Olympic distance triathlon events have been
cancelled, but the April Super Sprint and Junior Triathlon in April
2019 will go ahead as planned.
long-running June triathlon event in Burnham had previously costed
£800 for the road closures but this year the quote was £2,000
which led us to cancel the event. Sadly, we are scaling back the
number of triathlons to a minimum because of this."
added: "We know the council is facing financial pressures,
but it should be finding ways to increase income and reduce costs
in other areas without affecting community events like this."
for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Due to
reduced funding to local government and increased demand for services
we have to consider all areas of spending carefully and this includes
the costs associated with road closures."
a road is a legal process and there are significant costs involved,
including the requirement to advertise the closure in the local
press. We do not make a profit from events but we do seek
to recover costs."
encourage event organisers to contact us at the earliest opportunity
to discuss what measures and costs may be required."