‘We must protect reputation and get Tour right’ says Craven District Council chief (From Craven Herald)
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‘We must protect reputation and get Tour right’ says Craven District Council chief
11:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Craven's reputation will be on the line next year when it becomes the centre of world attention for the staging of the Yorkshire stage of the Tour de France.
Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, told councillors there was a high risk to the reputation of the council and planning for the event must be right.
The council has allocated £78,000 from its New Homes Bonus money and an officer led working party is currently working with partner agencies, including the town council, the police and North Yorkshire County Council, to ensure the smooth running of the event.
The event is due to come through Craven on two days in early July next year, with the exact route due to be announced on Wednesday, October 23.
Mr Shevlin told the audit and governance committee it was important that council resources were deployed to protect the reputation of the district.
“We want to make sure we get it right,” he said.
The first of a series of workshops aimed at helping people stage events as part of the 10-day cultural festival surrounding the tour, has been held at the council’s Belle Vue Square offices.
More than 40 people attended the event, which also saw the launch of the council’s new event management guide.
Coun Simon Myers (Cons), lead member for the tour, said he was impressed with the enthusiasm and vision of those at the workshop.
“The cultural festival is a wonderful opportunity for groups to take part in the tour and I’m sure the event guide and funding advice provided at the workshop will assist them in their planning and delivery of spectacular events that we can all be proud of,” he said.
Catherine Johnson, arts development officer, said there had been a lot of interest.
“The fabulous ideas raised show the talent and innovation of the groups. We are encouraging all of them to think about their activities in the run up to the Tour and get their events, new and existing, included in the Tour de France Sportive Programme, to gain the benefit of global marketing.”
Groups wanting to sign up to the Sportive programme can do so at letour.yorkshire.com/artsfestival. Catherine can be contacted for advice at firstname.lastname@example.org
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