Surrey Live, 5th January 2020
The route of the annual, 2 day event could change following the launch of a consultation by the Surrey County Counsel. The event has often be a source of division between those who welcome the benefits of a major sporting event in the area and those who believe those benefits are not worth the upheaval for residents. A poll created by SurreyLive in August of 2019 revealed that 45% (1,300) of respondents believed it worth the inconvenience while 55% (1,600) felt the opposite.
Event Director Hugh Brasher hopes that residents will look at the value and benefits of the event to the region, stating: “We are incredibly proud of the partnership we have with Surrey County Council and the millions of pounds that have been spent with Surrey businesses and raised for causes that are in Surrey. We would love the event to continue in Surrey, but it is appropriate for Surrey County Council to have the consultation with the way the county is run – it is important. We hope that Surrey residents look at the benefits that the event brings.”