Spectator hub in Skipton revealed as Tour signs are put up

With fewer than 100 days to go before the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, Skipton has been announced as an official spectator hub.

Grassington has also been selected, with plans for a massive screen showing all the live action to be placed outside the national park centre.

Thousands of people are expected to head into Craven during Grand Depart weekend in July, and now the eyes of the world will be more than ever focused on the area.

“Being an official spectator hub will greatly help to raise the profile of Skipton and Craven even further,” said Craven District councillor Simon Myers.

“Skipton will be included in all the official Tour de France promotional guides, which means the eyes of the world will be upon us.”

It had been planned to have a stage and live screen on the High Street, but that will now be moved to the Town Hall car park.

More spectators will be able to line the High Street and an additional screen with entertainment will be centred on the Canal Basin.

With planning now in earnest for the world’s largest sporting event as it passes through the area, Craven District Council has appointed the same professional event organisers for Skipton as North Yorkshire County Council has for the whole county.

Pennine Events, which will look after crowd, safety and management will work with the county, district and town councils, has roots in Barnoldswick and carried out a similar role in Kent the last time the Tour came to the UK in 2007.

Signs marking the route have been placed by the county council on the High Street and also on Grassington Road as part of its marking of the two stages of the race across the county.

In Grassington, the national park plans to have a screen outside its office, alongwith its other offices at Hawes and Aysgarth Falls, where people will be able to watch all the action.

“As well as watching the race go by, a lot of people will want to see how the rest of the stage unfolds, said park authority chairman, Peter Charlesworth.

“For that reason we have organised for the screens to be set up at our dedicated hubs to provide coverage for the whole day.”

So far, the park authority has given out more than £12,000 in grants to parish councils to help towards the cost of tour-related events.

The Tour will also coincide with the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

“We are expecting around 400,000 people in the national park for the event and we are working with landowners, farmers and businesses who will be opening temporary campsites and car parks to accommodate them,” said Mr Charlesworth.

The authority is also relaxing its rule on overnight parking in its car parks in the week leading up to the event.

David Butterworth, the park authority’s chief executive, added: “After months of preparation, the actual event is now coming up fast and we want to do everything we can to ensure the communities within the park make the most of this fantastic opportunity to showcase themselves and the stunning countryside they live and work in.”

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9:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why?
Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why? Skipton Ratepayer
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11:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mart56 says...

Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why?
You're lucky to have buses on the other 364 days of the year! Many Craven ratepayers soon won't have any bus service at all. In answer to your questions: Yes. Because we are hosting one of the worlds biggest sporting events and most of us are looking forward to the event and welcoming all the visitors. The minority of killjoys need to accept the fact that it's going to happen. If they don't want to join in they've had plenty of notice so they can make arrangements to do their shopping on another day.
[quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why?[/p][/quote]You're lucky to have buses on the other 364 days of the year! Many Craven ratepayers soon won't have any bus service at all. In answer to your questions: Yes. Because we are hosting one of the worlds biggest sporting events and most of us are looking forward to the event and welcoming all the visitors. The minority of killjoys need to accept the fact that it's going to happen. If they don't want to join in they've had plenty of notice so they can make arrangements to do their shopping on another day. Mart56
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10:55am Sun 6 Apr 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Mart56 wrote:
Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why?
You're lucky to have buses on the other 364 days of the year! Many Craven ratepayers soon won't have any bus service at all. In answer to your questions: Yes. Because we are hosting one of the worlds biggest sporting events and most of us are looking forward to the event and welcoming all the visitors. The minority of killjoys need to accept the fact that it's going to happen. If they don't want to join in they've had plenty of notice so they can make arrangements to do their shopping on another day.
None of the Tour fans have explained why we have to live in lockdown for 8 hours, when the bicycles and their entourage will be gone in a couple of hours at most. That's what so many object to, not the actual race.
[quote][p][bold]Mart56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: Does all this mean that there will be no buses to anywhere for the whole of that Saturday? If so, why?[/p][/quote]You're lucky to have buses on the other 364 days of the year! Many Craven ratepayers soon won't have any bus service at all. In answer to your questions: Yes. Because we are hosting one of the worlds biggest sporting events and most of us are looking forward to the event and welcoming all the visitors. The minority of killjoys need to accept the fact that it's going to happen. If they don't want to join in they've had plenty of notice so they can make arrangements to do their shopping on another day.[/p][/quote]None of the Tour fans have explained why we have to live in lockdown for 8 hours, when the bicycles and their entourage will be gone in a couple of hours at most. That's what so many object to, not the actual race. Skipton Ratepayer
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