Village ‘is unaware of Le Tour impact’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Village ‘is unaware of Le Tour impact’ Village ‘is unaware of Le Tour impact’

Some people on the Tour de France route are still unaware of the impact the race will have on them when it passes through this July, it has been claimed.

Oxenhope Parish Council chairman Councillor Neal Cameron warned that not all residents in Oxenhope were reading what comes through their letterboxes or is posted online.

“I’ve spoken to one person who didn’t realise that they would have to move their car off Shaw Lane,” he said.

Meanwhile, Coun Derrick Hopkinson, also speaking at the latest Oxenhope Parish Council meeting, said he had been informed that alternative parking would be provided on the day, though he did not know where this would be.

He added the village was being allocated two to three hundred metres worth of Tour de France bunting, but could not confirm where exactly this might be displayed.

He said he had spoken to staff at the village Co-op store and was told there were no plans to bring in additional staff or arrange extra stock deliveries for Grand Depart weekend.

Parish councillors suggested this would be a “missed opportunity” and agreed to contact Co-op senior management to ensure the local branch takes full advantage of the visitor influx.

Coun Tony Maw said: “To me, the main issue is the number of people who come through Oxenhope during the Tour and think: ‘that was an interesting place - I’d like to go back there’.”

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