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Winter
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« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2014, 08:19:49 PM »

I also hope it goes well and look forward to cheering on the runners. I had a quick look back at recent topics and it seems some people who live here do not like cyclists coming through the village, fireworks at Cliveden or the Gravity Grand Prix. What a miserable bunch!
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Bagheera
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e tenebris lux


« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2014, 01:21:41 AM »

Wow Bagheera.

You might need to rethink that badly thought out post.

I think it is Gazetta whose views are badly thought out. The fact remains that they have volunteered to do a job which prevents people from lawfully and peacefully proceeding to and from their homes.

Generally, I am not sympathetic with those who complain about disruption. The Gravity Grand Prix ensure access is available between runs so any disruption is a couple of minutes, not several hours. I also have little sympathy for those who buy a house in School Lane then complain that there is a school there!

My objection is that it is imposed on those affected without consent and it is not something they could have foreseen when they bought their homes. It does not affect me but I do, for example, know people who live in Mill Lane and would have to leave their car somewhere like High Road if they wanted to get out of the village.  It is not a minor inconvenience for such a person.
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anna_banana
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« Reply #32 on: August 27, 2014, 08:13:51 AM »

Bagheera

Please don't put words into my mouth. I thought it was plain that I was referring to your silly remarks and not about anyone else's posts.

Back to the topic. Since you have stated that it doesn't affect you, I'm not sure why you feel the need to get so outraged on other peoples behalf.

I happen to live on mill lane. You can't have studied the route in any great detail as I don't need to park my car on high road, swing a right and I'll pop it 100m up by the high street.
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Bagheera
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« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2014, 09:00:26 AM »

Since you have stated that it doesn't affect you, I'm not sure why you feel the need to get so outraged on other peoples behalf.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak outó
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak outó
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak outó
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for meóand there was no one left to speak for me.

You are not affected because you do not want access on the day.  I am not affected because I do not live along the route.

But I choose to stand by those who are affected because it is wrong that they should have this imposed on them simply because a large group of people decide they want to do it.

I hope it never will happen to me but if it does then I hope those I speak out for today will speak out for me then.
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Merlin
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« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2014, 09:35:51 AM »

Brillo and his/her compatriots, as usual in these matters, miss the point entirely.

Sure, they (and those self centred "performers") revel in the excitement of seeing runners and cyclists pour into
and through Cookham from all parts in pursuit of THEIR (and the "performers) self-satisfaction, naturally without
giving a moment's thought for others who are blighted and might be affected - albeit for 3 PLUS hours.

The point is this - Why ALWAYS Cookham?

Why not channel the run/cycle route elsewhere in the RBWM wards, and perhaps vary it from year to year.
This would not only relieve the unnecessary inconvenience to one particular part of the
community BUT ALSO afford others in other communities to enjoy the delights of gawking
and cheering on the runners and cyclists through THEIR roads - emptied of their cars, of course!

This is NOT a moan or a beef or a gripe.
It is a direct criticism of RBWM committees and their mindless thought process of
"Ah ... Let's push this latest run/cyclathon through Cookham - they won't mind it, and it's been done before ...."

It happens year in and year out - and it's time it stopped.

There are several and countless other green routes and roads in the community that these "funathons"
(for some) can take place - move them there for others to enjoy and then later criticise in turn, as it finally gets beyond a joke.

PS - Love the Cliveden fireworks (and I have dogs)... love the Whacky Races (Gravity Grand Prix) - was a founder member and participant.

So yeah - it's not all gloom and doom - but definitive criticism of specifics.

MOVE THE RUN ELSEWHERE NEXT YEAR.

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EUWAVE
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2014, 10:44:28 AM »

As I started this post I feel I should point out a very salient fact. Merlin says why always Cookham, well it is not all about Cookham. This is a half Marathon, which is just over 13 miles long. Google map calculates the route through Cookham where the closures are taking place is less than 2 miles. That means the other 11 miles have nothing to do with Cookham, over 85% of the race is run somewhere else and I have not heard anyone else complaining.

When I was in Maidenhead yesterday I saw several notices about road closures for this event quoting closure times of between 7am and 2.30pm, unlike the 9am to 12pm for Cookham.  That means other people have closures of seven and a half hours as opposed to the 3 hours for local closures. I agree with other posts about this run, if one feels so strongly against it then donít wait until it comes around again next year and then start complaining, be proactive and do something about it now.
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Roger
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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2014, 11:23:11 AM »

If I remember rightly last year the people on Maidenhead Road in Maidenhead complained like mad about the closures.

I do think rotating the course around would be a good idea, it means different people can be involved when it comes to their area and people are inconvenienced less often. I am sure the organisers keep the same route because it is easier to do the same thing each year.

If people feel strongly an e-petition can be set up on the RBWM website.
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EUWAVE
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« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2014, 11:37:30 AM »

That is basically what I am saying. Rather than sit around until the race comes back next year do something about it now. If you donít then you have no right to complain next year.
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Purple Patch Running
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« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2014, 12:01:57 PM »

Dear Cookham Residents.

Please note that this year, after a suggestion by Cookie last year, we have instigated a new system for all roads affected by the closure between the roundabout at the Pound and the railway bridge at the end of Maidenhead Road.  There will be two motor bikes escorts patrolling this stretch of the route.  Anyone wishing to leave just needs to wait at the end of their road and the motor bike will escort them to the roundabout at the Pound where they can then head up Station Hill.  Residents returning would need to approach the Pound via Station Hill and wait for the motor bike.  They will then be escorted back to their road.  We hope that this will make a big difference to those that live on that stretch of the route.
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Cookie
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« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2014, 01:36:54 PM »

Thanks for that, but can you please clarify which roundabout you mean - There is one at each end of the pound.
Or, to put it another way, will this allow people living on The Pound to get in and out by car?
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Purple Patch Running
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« Reply #40 on: August 27, 2014, 03:30:29 PM »

Sorry - I should have been clearer - I meant the roundabout at the junction of Poundfield Lane, Station Hill and Maidenhead Road.  Unfortunately the Pound will be closed to traffic until 12 noon.
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monty
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« Reply #41 on: August 27, 2014, 04:08:36 PM »

Just one question, if a driver decides  he/she is going to drive out regardless of closure of their road, what happens, are they arrested, fined or anything else that they could throw at them.  Shocked
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anon
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« Reply #42 on: August 27, 2014, 04:37:57 PM »

My understanding is that (i) any signs not approved by the Department of Transport can be ignored and (ii) only a police officer is empowered to direct traffic.

So, yes, it would appear that you are able to ignore the warnings completely.

On the flip side though, marshals may reserve the right to take your down your licence plate and forward it to the relevant authorities. (This is the approach lollipop-people have to take.) I'm not sure what action they could take though, unless your actions were putting folk in danger.
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monty
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« Reply #43 on: August 27, 2014, 05:43:17 PM »

Thank you for that anon  Smiley
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Showem
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« Reply #44 on: August 28, 2014, 11:54:21 AM »

I would think that an organisation who go to the trouble of signing onto this forum specifically to tell all the complainers of how they have found a workaround for those who might be inconvenienced deserve more thanks than they have received. Certainly more grace than discussing loopholes in the law to allow them to disrupt the event. 
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