Newbury's Parkrun set to return to Greenham Common later this month
Newbury's Parkrun looks set to return after Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission granted permission by a majority vote.
A provisional date of November 27 has been set for the return of the popular 5km event, which did not restart after lockdown restrictions were lifted in July.
Commission member and commoner Chris Austin said ‘provisional permission’ had been granted for the Parkrun – which used to see more than 800 runners attending weekly – to return for an initial six month period.
Mr Austin added: “I am very pleased and I think they [the runners] stick to the paths so I don’t think there’s any conflict [with nature].
“It’s absolutely the right decision they made. I would have thought that the Parkrun is exactly the sort of use that all of us who campaigned to get the common open envisaged there.”
It is thought that the Commission, which oversees the management of the common, continues to have some concerns in relation to how the number of runners will be managed when on site, along with the associated car parking management but is willing to work with Parkrun organisers to agree to a longer term arrangement.
Parkrun has also managed to acquire the necessary ongoing consent from Natural England to restart the Newbury event.
The common is managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) on behalf of West Berkshire Council.
It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the largest continuous tract of open heath in Berkshire and home to protected species of ground nesting birds, and the Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission oversees its management.