Concerns raised at Silsden planning meeting

More than 70 people attended a meeting in Silsden to find out how the Tour de France is likely to affect the town.

Bradford Council’s emergency planning officer, Mike Powell, outlined what was currently known about next summer’s cycle race.

Silsden ward councillor, Adrian Naylor, said residents voiced several concerns about how the town will deal with the expected influx of people wanting to watch the race.

He added these included the provision of portable toilets, car parking and the timing of road closures.

Coun Naylor said: “How will that affect residents in Silsden trying to get to jobs outside the town?

“Local people are being encouraged to organise their own activities to support the Tour, but information is still missing.

“However, this hasn’t stopped the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of people.”

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