Box Hill community newsletter banned by LOCOG
Volunteers had hoped to sell special road race edition for charity
A local magazine editor has resigned over a LOCOG decision to ban her newspaper, along with all other non-sponsored products, from the Box Hill area during the Olympic road race.
June Austin, who edited the Box Hill News, a 40p community publication, said that she and her staff of volunteers had already put in over 100 hours of work on the special edition, that was to be sold on the weekend of the cycling races, July 28 and 29.
But LOCOG ruled that only sponsors of the Games were allowed to trade in the area, even though the Box Hill News was raising money for charity.
Ms Austin told This Is Surrey Today: "They said the whole area would be controlled by Locog so if you're not an Olympic sponsor, you can't sell anything there.
"It would have been such an opportunity to raise money for charities in the area and they're missing out; all the money will go to the big companies."
Box Hill will be host to the men's and women's road races, and in preparation almost 270,000 sq m of road has been resurfaced. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to be en route to watch the events, and one of the best vantage points is hosted by Road.cc.
We are teaming up with Surrey Hills AONB to bring you the Surrey Hills Road Race festival and cycling expo on the weekend of 27-29 July.
Based at Denbies Vineyard, the festival is right next to the route of the road race as it heads up the A24 ahead of the Box Hill loop, so you'll be able to watch the riders in the flesh.
It's also an official BBC Live Site, which means the nation's broadcaster will be setting up one of their big screens to relay the whole race to the festival goers. You could catch the early stages on the big telly, then wander up to the Box Hill loop to see the riders battling for position, then come back to see the finish transmitted live. Perfect.