Dales Tour de France camp is scrapped

Craven Herald: Buckden, where camping and parking will be available for the Grand Depart Buckden, where camping and parking will be available for the Grand Depart

Plans to accommodate hundreds of tents near the first King of the Mountains challenge in the Tour de France, have been scrapped.

Disappointing ticket sales and excessive red tape have been blamed by Kidstones Camping.

All the people who have booked pitches and paid are to have their money refunded. The process has already started.

Also ditched are arrangement for at least one bar, TV screen and food and drink.

Preparations are continuing, however, to allow 2,000 cars to park at the location and disappointed campers are being offered one free parking space.

Letters and emails being sent out explain: "We are sorry to report that a combination of disappointing ticket sales and excessive red tape mean that Kidstones Camping can no longer offer camping for the race.

"We have invested very heavily in both time and money but feel that a partial cancellation is the best way forward.

"We have not taken this decision lightly and we can only apologise for the interference caused.

"It has been made given the low numbers of bookings combined with ever increasing cost of visitor Health and Safety."

The plan to provide a least one bar on the site and a TV screen food and drink were abandoned following correspondence with Craven's Safety Action Group, said a Kidstones Camping spokesman.

SAG is made up of police, fire, ambulance and local authority representatives to examine and advise on safety plans and licensing requirements.

Tom Hawkins, who is overseeing the Velofest further down the valley at Kilnsey, said strict guidelines had been imposed by SAG.

" We are expecting up to 10,000 people on site each day from July 3 to 6 with the vast majority of these people camping.

"The safety of our guests is paramount so we had to absorb the cost and ensure we used a reputable first aid contractor with a proven record for delivering results."

Before finding the replacement, they had been faced with a £50,000 bill from St John Ambulance which had given him "sleepless nights".

Recruited for the event have been a doctor, paramedics and emergency first aiders, who will work from a fully equipped medical centre and a campsite first aid point.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle will also be on site

"With the event just over a month away, we are all getting very excited about it as we have various music acts performing on the Saturday and Sunday night including Toploader and several local bands," he added..

Craven Council's David Smurthwaite said Kidstones event organisers had received support from a number of agencies advising them of their responsibilities in running a safe event and on what should be contained within the event management plan.

"Unfortunately the members of the Safety Advisory Group did not feel that there was sufficient planning at this stage to ensure a safe event.

"As there are only a few weeks to go before the Tour De France, the Kidstones Event organisers have decided to reduce the scale of their event,” he said.

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4:25pm Mon 26 May 14

John Civis says...

This Tour de France mania, fueled by politicians, councillors and all those other dignitaries who want to get 'in on the act' is getting out of hand. After all...the Tour is only a cycle race...and it is likely that the peloton of racing cyclists will have flashed by in a handful of seconds.

I watched my first Tour in Orleans, in 1953 and have watched it on about forty other occasions..so, unlike the majority of the 'officials ' involved in it to promote their own careers, I do know what I am talking about. On two occasions in the 1990s, I was actually a guest in one of the VIP cars !

the British public just do not have the correct mentality to enjoy such a sporting event without just 'going over the top. Overkill in over=drive.

it's a pity the race is even coming to Yorkshire' just crass stupidity.
This Tour de France mania, fueled by politicians, councillors and all those other dignitaries who want to get 'in on the act' is getting out of hand. After all...the Tour is only a cycle race...and it is likely that the peloton of racing cyclists will have flashed by in a handful of seconds. I watched my first Tour in Orleans, in 1953 and have watched it on about forty other occasions..so, unlike the majority of the 'officials ' involved in it to promote their own careers, I do know what I am talking about. On two occasions in the 1990s, I was actually a guest in one of the VIP cars ! the British public just do not have the correct mentality to enjoy such a sporting event without just 'going over the top. Overkill in over=drive. it's a pity the race is even coming to Yorkshire' just crass stupidity. John Civis
  • Score: 7

3:34pm Tue 27 May 14

propublicus says...

lots of people and organisations jumping on the bandwagon to try and make a few quid. There are campsites popping up everywhere, some no where near the race and in some very dubious locations. They think people are stupid and will hand over cash just because they have put a sign on a field or carpark and called it a campsite, the organisers are the fools. It will just fly by and forgotten within hours.
lots of people and organisations jumping on the bandwagon to try and make a few quid. There are campsites popping up everywhere, some no where near the race and in some very dubious locations. They think people are stupid and will hand over cash just because they have put a sign on a field or carpark and called it a campsite, the organisers are the fools. It will just fly by and forgotten within hours. propublicus
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Tue 27 May 14

Mart56 says...

What's the problem with people in Craven. In other parts of North Yorkshire there is evidence that people are really getting into the spirit and looking forward to Le Tour. Here in Craven there seems to be a lot of negativity / apathy. The good news is that there is evidence already of more people getting out cycling in our fantastic countryside and there appears to be a lot more visitors from Europe than usual. Hopefully they'll return home and spread the word about how good it is.
What's the problem with people in Craven. In other parts of North Yorkshire there is evidence that people are really getting into the spirit and looking forward to Le Tour. Here in Craven there seems to be a lot of negativity / apathy. The good news is that there is evidence already of more people getting out cycling in our fantastic countryside and there appears to be a lot more visitors from Europe than usual. Hopefully they'll return home and spread the word about how good it is. Mart56
  • Score: -6

3:50pm Wed 28 May 14

Jeremy_K says...

I'm going to Broughton Hall (http://www.raphatem
pest.cc/ ) where there is a lot more going on than just camping.
I'm going to Broughton Hall (http://www.raphatem pest.cc/ ) where there is a lot more going on than just camping. Jeremy_K
  • Score: -2

4:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ritchie6 says...

Mart56 says...

Here in Craven there seems to be a lot of negativity / apathy.



Perhaps it's because nobody asked the people of Craven whether they wanted their roads closed off. Perhaps they'd prefer to could go about their lives unhindered by a lycra clad invasion, which in all fairness has nothing at all to do with Yorkshire. The fact is that many of Yorkshire's rural roads are totally unsuitable for this event. Many villages have only one road in and out so their is no alternative access. It also affects the day to day lives of people who have to earn a living:-delivery drivers, taxis, farmers, emergency services and people who actually need to travel to get to work.
Mart56 says... Here in Craven there seems to be a lot of negativity / apathy. Perhaps it's because nobody asked the people of Craven whether they wanted their roads closed off. Perhaps they'd prefer to could go about their lives unhindered by a lycra clad invasion, which in all fairness has nothing at all to do with Yorkshire. The fact is that many of Yorkshire's rural roads are totally unsuitable for this event. Many villages have only one road in and out so their is no alternative access. It also affects the day to day lives of people who have to earn a living:-delivery drivers, taxis, farmers, emergency services and people who actually need to travel to get to work. Ritchie6
  • Score: 1

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