SIR – Since August 2012, I have regularly taken part in parkrun. I have done over 100 parkruns, mostly at Worcester Woods.

It is a great shame that Worcestershire County Council believes that it is necessary to charge people to park at Worcester Woods. Parkrun is free to participate in. For many people, the parking charges would essentially be a charge to participate in parkrun. Worcester Woods is partially maintained by volunteers, including those who organise parkrun. Why are these people being charged to park instead of being recognised for their volunteering? 

 Trickle-down economics is a theory that claims that benefits for the wealthy trickle down to everyone else. It seems to me that ‘austerity’ has meant a trickle down of costs to ‘the little people’.

Remember that the Panama Papers revealed that billions of pounds are kept in tax havens. The US billionaire Leona Helmsley once said: “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”

Imagine if the government actually did something about tax havens. Parkrunners are being told they must pay an extra tax, otherwise known as a parking charge. Time for ‘the little people’ to say “enough of this”.

Neil Laurenson