Craven 'ready' for the Tour de France.

Craven Herald: Paul Shevlin with one of the Tour banners in the centre of Skipton Paul Shevlin with one of the Tour banners in the centre of Skipton

CRAVEN is fully prepared for the Tour de France and looking forward to reaping the benefits for years to come.

"The tour project has been a huge, but exciting task for the council," said Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council.

"Our team has been working on it with great zest and enthusiasm for more than a year and I'm very proud of what they have achieved."

Together with Skipton Town Council and other partners, the council has been preparing for this weekend for the past year.

"Our team will be working day and night alongside our partners to help ensure a safe and smooth event, to co-ordinate the festivities at the Skipton spectator hub and to clean up after the crowds have gone," said Mr Shevlin.

The two stages of the race - which on Saturday and Sunday will take in Craven - are expected to attract 150,000 visitors and a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion.

"I am looking forward to seeing the stunning images of Craven in national and international media," said council leader, Cllr Chris Knowles-Fitton.

"I am confident Craven will reap the economic benefits, not only this summer, but in many years to come."

The Tour had inspired a "rainbow of initiatives" and would leave a great legacy, said Cllr Simon Myers.

"Together, we are making Craven a top cycling destination, to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

"I hope the focus on this part of the world, together with the recent recognition that Skipton is the best place to live in Britain, will encourage those entrepreneurs thinking about starting up a new business to consider the attractions of Craven with its quality of life and 'can do' attitude."

Skipton Mayor, Cllr John Dawson, said everything had come together.

"It’s great to see the town looking so colourful and I’m really pleased that our shops and businesses have got right behind the event," he said.

"We have some wonderful displays and Skipton will really look its best for the thousands of visitors expected and for the worldwide television coverage.

“There is already a buzz around the town and I’m sure that will continue across the whole weekend.”

And Skipton MP Julian Smith, who led the efforts to get government funding, said: "I am delighted by the level of community support in Craven and all the fantastically original ideas to involve all age groups in Le Tour and thank everyone who has made such a huge effort to ensure Craven will give the most incredible welcome to this world class sporting event."

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1:44pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mike Oxmells says...

Are we seriously expected to applaud glory-seeking Paul Shevlin for squandering £millions of council tax payers' money on a bicycle race, whilst causing an entire weekend of major inconvenience for all, regardless of whether or not they are interested in cycling? Personally, I'd be far more impressed if this level of 'zest and enthusiasm' was shown by Craven District Council when providing the services we pay them for. Instead, all we have seen is a long list of cuts in services - whilst Mr Shevlin and his other under-performing, overpaid 'executives' continue to enjoy their vast salaries, pensions and perks.
Are we seriously expected to applaud glory-seeking Paul Shevlin for squandering £millions of council tax payers' money on a bicycle race, whilst causing an entire weekend of major inconvenience for all, regardless of whether or not they are interested in cycling? Personally, I'd be far more impressed if this level of 'zest and enthusiasm' was shown by Craven District Council when providing the services we pay them for. Instead, all we have seen is a long list of cuts in services - whilst Mr Shevlin and his other under-performing, overpaid 'executives' continue to enjoy their vast salaries, pensions and perks. Mike Oxmells
  • Score: 16

3:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Nannabanana says...

And so say the vast majority, well said sir
And so say the vast majority, well said sir Nannabanana
  • Score: 6

5:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

steve10 says...

Well said Mike
Lets see what happens to the rest of the roads now that the repair budgets for the next THREE years has been brought forwards and spent on repairing the roads on the route.
The local roads are in a really bad state of repair and all they do is patch them up it can only get worst now that the powers that be have spent all the money but Hey Ho so long as the NONE paying cyclist are happy.
Well said Mike Lets see what happens to the rest of the roads now that the repair budgets for the next THREE years has been brought forwards and spent on repairing the roads on the route. The local roads are in a really bad state of repair and all they do is patch them up it can only get worst now that the powers that be have spent all the money but Hey Ho so long as the NONE paying cyclist are happy. steve10
  • Score: 7

9:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Never since the war have so many people had their lives disrupted, and for what? Yesterday half of Harrogate was shut, and tomorrow the whole area will be closed for about 10 hours. Someone told me today - I have no idea if it's true but it sounds reasonable - that in France they only close the roads for up to 3 hours.
Our councils cut our services and yet spend untold millions on some tedious sport. When were we given a choice about how our money was spent? What is the point of elections?
Never since the war have so many people had their lives disrupted, and for what? Yesterday half of Harrogate was shut, and tomorrow the whole area will be closed for about 10 hours. Someone told me today - I have no idea if it's true but it sounds reasonable - that in France they only close the roads for up to 3 hours. Our councils cut our services and yet spend untold millions on some tedious sport. When were we given a choice about how our money was spent? What is the point of elections? Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 7

8:21am Mon 7 Jul 14

Mr happy from Skipton says...

What an amazing event. Skipton was buzzing with a fantastic carnival atmosphere with 1000's of people enjoying a warm welcome. The race was great to watch with so many people lining the streets.

Skipton and the local area looked amazing on the TV which is broadcast to billions of people. I cant think of a better advert.

I am personally delighted that Craven DC and NYCC spend my taxes on such great events. Thank you.
What an amazing event. Skipton was buzzing with a fantastic carnival atmosphere with 1000's of people enjoying a warm welcome. The race was great to watch with so many people lining the streets. Skipton and the local area looked amazing on the TV which is broadcast to billions of people. I cant think of a better advert. I am personally delighted that Craven DC and NYCC spend my taxes on such great events. Thank you. Mr happy from Skipton
  • Score: 2

9:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

21st Century says...

Great event and money well spent in my opinion. Great publicity for Skipton and Yorkshire as a whole!! Watching families happy and smiling and putting all their efforts in to supporting the cyclists was great to see and will priovide once in a lifetime memories.

Just a shame there are people in this town who favour no fun and excitement in life and are more concerned about how "their" money is being spent.
Great event and money well spent in my opinion. Great publicity for Skipton and Yorkshire as a whole!! Watching families happy and smiling and putting all their efforts in to supporting the cyclists was great to see and will priovide once in a lifetime memories. Just a shame there are people in this town who favour no fun and excitement in life and are more concerned about how "their" money is being spent. 21st Century
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 7 Jul 14

Roses are red says...

Well Mike Oxmells,did you see that?While you spent the weekend bah humbugging millions of people were doing something you don't get - enjoying a priceless,once in a lifetime experience and being HAPPY !!
Well Mike Oxmells,did you see that?While you spent the weekend bah humbugging millions of people were doing something you don't get - enjoying a priceless,once in a lifetime experience and being HAPPY !! Roses are red
  • Score: 6

10:34am Mon 7 Jul 14

Mart56 says...

For once I can say that my money has been well spent by the councils. A fantastic event for the millions watching live and hundreds of millions watching on TV. It was a fantastic weekend and all involved should be congratulated. Welcome to Yorkshire have done a brilliant job and businesses now have the chance to capitalise on the massive worldwide advertisement our great region has had.
For once I can say that my money has been well spent by the councils. A fantastic event for the millions watching live and hundreds of millions watching on TV. It was a fantastic weekend and all involved should be congratulated. Welcome to Yorkshire have done a brilliant job and businesses now have the chance to capitalise on the massive worldwide advertisement our great region has had. Mart56
  • Score: 6

3:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

lab says...

The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman.

You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend.
The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman. You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend. lab
  • Score: 8

5:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

lab wrote:
The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman.

You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend.
Did you read the letter about what passes for a bus service to Settle? Do you deride that as 'something more "sensible"' which is less important to local people's lives than the cycling?
People who want to watch sport can always find somewhere to go and watch it. People who need to get home by public transport don't have any other choice.
[quote][p][bold]lab[/bold] wrote: The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman. You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend.[/p][/quote]Did you read the letter about what passes for a bus service to Settle? Do you deride that as 'something more "sensible"' which is less important to local people's lives than the cycling? People who want to watch sport can always find somewhere to go and watch it. People who need to get home by public transport don't have any other choice. Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: -14

8:53pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Mart56 says...

Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
lab wrote:
The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman.

You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend.
Did you read the letter about what passes for a bus service to Settle? Do you deride that as 'something more "sensible"' which is less important to local people's lives than the cycling?
People who want to watch sport can always find somewhere to go and watch it. People who need to get home by public transport don't have any other choice.
Skipton ratepayer - you are not the only ratepayer - the 2.5 million people who enjoyed watching the tour live also pay council tax. Many like me work hard and pay taxes which go to all sorts of things we do not benefit from e.g. Billions of pounds going to the NHS to treat self induced illnesses, billions of pounds on benefits, and of course we pay for the free bus passes which are a major reason why Pennines went out of business. I don't spend all my time complaining though, I just keep working and handing over 25% of my earnings to the taxman! and 20% more most times I spend any money. Do you honestly thing the Tour de France is responsible for the demise of the bus services?
[quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lab[/bold] wrote: The fact that 2.5m people lined the route in Yorkshire says it all. So much for it being tedius eh? The welcome given to the Tour, and the organisation's reaction to that welcome, made me proud to be a Yorkshireman. You will always get people who would rather the money was spent on something more "sensible", or still labour in the mistaken belief that Cyclists don't pay towards road repairs when in fact, those repairs come out of General taxation, not Car Tax. Well, those people appear to be in the minority based on what I witnessed this weekend.[/p][/quote]Did you read the letter about what passes for a bus service to Settle? Do you deride that as 'something more "sensible"' which is less important to local people's lives than the cycling? People who want to watch sport can always find somewhere to go and watch it. People who need to get home by public transport don't have any other choice.[/p][/quote]Skipton ratepayer - you are not the only ratepayer - the 2.5 million people who enjoyed watching the tour live also pay council tax. Many like me work hard and pay taxes which go to all sorts of things we do not benefit from e.g. Billions of pounds going to the NHS to treat self induced illnesses, billions of pounds on benefits, and of course we pay for the free bus passes which are a major reason why Pennines went out of business. I don't spend all my time complaining though, I just keep working and handing over 25% of my earnings to the taxman! and 20% more most times I spend any money. Do you honestly thing the Tour de France is responsible for the demise of the bus services? Mart56
  • Score: 8

10:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

skewenergetics says...

I have watched the craven area transform itself in the last few weeks in preparation for the TDF. And now having viewed the spectacle in the dales on Saturday all I have is praise for craven, for nycc, nyp, and all those who worked or freely gave their time for the TDF.
Moaners....get over it! Its been,gone and may never return. I loved it as did thousands more. The moaners....well they continue to moan.....but are in the minority thank goodness.
I have watched the craven area transform itself in the last few weeks in preparation for the TDF. And now having viewed the spectacle in the dales on Saturday all I have is praise for craven, for nycc, nyp, and all those who worked or freely gave their time for the TDF. Moaners....get over it! Its been,gone and may never return. I loved it as did thousands more. The moaners....well they continue to moan.....but are in the minority thank goodness. skewenergetics
  • Score: 7

10:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Ritchie6 says...

I spent Saturday working in the garage, having not the slightest interest in a load of cyclists passing a few hundred yards from my house. I'm glad it's all over and hope we can now get back to normal without the Dales roads being clogged up with bikes.
I spent Saturday working in the garage, having not the slightest interest in a load of cyclists passing a few hundred yards from my house. I'm glad it's all over and hope we can now get back to normal without the Dales roads being clogged up with bikes. Ritchie6
  • Score: -5

11:37pm Mon 7 Jul 14

White Rhino says...

Ritchie6 wrote:
I spent Saturday working in the garage, having not the slightest interest in a load of cyclists passing a few hundred yards from my house. I'm glad it's all over and hope we can now get back to normal without the Dales roads being clogged up with bikes.
Well done for you, that's democracy in action. Close to 2.5million chose to vote another way, looks like your party lost this time Mr Happy.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: I spent Saturday working in the garage, having not the slightest interest in a load of cyclists passing a few hundred yards from my house. I'm glad it's all over and hope we can now get back to normal without the Dales roads being clogged up with bikes.[/p][/quote]Well done for you, that's democracy in action. Close to 2.5million chose to vote another way, looks like your party lost this time Mr Happy. White Rhino
  • Score: 8

7:49am Tue 8 Jul 14

MalcolmStoneyPhotography says...

Lots of photos here, for those interested:

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Lots of photos here, for those interested: https://www.flickr.c om/photos/mfsphotogr aphy/sets/7215764547 2333456/ MalcolmStoneyPhotography
  • Score: -1

1:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

lab says...

One thing I'm sure we can all agree on is how fantastic our beautiful county looked as it was beamed globally to 3.5bn TV viewers. (If you didn't watch, you can probably imagine).

The legacy of this weekend should certainly bring benefits over the next couple of years in increased numbers of visitors (cyclists and non-cyclists) to Yorkshire resulting in greater revenue to local businesses.
One thing I'm sure we can all agree on is how fantastic our beautiful county looked as it was beamed globally to 3.5bn TV viewers. (If you didn't watch, you can probably imagine). The legacy of this weekend should certainly bring benefits over the next couple of years in increased numbers of visitors (cyclists and non-cyclists) to Yorkshire resulting in greater revenue to local businesses. lab
  • Score: 1
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