Thursday, 1 May 2014

Reportage: Tow de France

Calderdale Council has backed plans to give police powers to remove any vehicles blocking the Tour de France route leading up to the race.

The measures have been put in place to make the race run as smoothly and as safely as possible.

Councillor Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth & Mixenden), deputy leader of the council, said: “This is a once in a lifetime event and there are going to tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of people in Calderdale on that day.

“It’s simple common sense that we use the available legislation to make sure that any vehicle which causing a problem or potential problem in the area of the race can be removed.”

Councillor Janet Battye (Lib Dem, Calder), said farmers and businesses in Hebden Bridge have supported the scheme by allowing the use of their car parking spaces by local residents and hopes that similar schemes will take place in all affected areas.

She said: “Provided the council helps residents find somewhere for residents affected to park their cars it’s a necessary proposal.”

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