Councillors look into impact of race on Oxenhope villagers

Keighley News: Councillors look into impact of race on Oxenhope villagers Councillors look into impact of race on Oxenhope villagers

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

Oxenhope Parish Council chairman Councillor Neal Cameron warned that not all residents are 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.

Also commenting at the latest Oxenhope Parish Council meeting, Coun Derrick Hopkinson said he had been informed that alternative parking would be provided on the day, although he did not know where this would be situated.

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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