Questions over Tour de France camping plans for Millennium Bridge site in York

York Press: Questions over camping plans for Tour de France Questions over camping plans for Tour de France

CAMPING plans for the Tour de France in York have faced fresh criticism after councillors called for answers over plans for the Millennium Bridge site.

The council has announced it is to hold another information session next week to allay residents’ concerns after Fishergate ward representatives Andy D’Agorne and Dave Taylor put in an urgent request, saying many were woefully uninformed about the plans, and warning that an error on the council website could send dozens of campers to a narrow residential street half a mile away from the campsite.

Cllrs D’Agorne and Taylor have pointed out that the postcode originally given to help visitors using sat nav find the site would in fact have sent people to Millennium Bridge Terrace, on Carey Street, off Fulford Road. The error has now been corrected, but the councillors say it could have been avoided altogether if officials had consulted either them or local people who know the area.

The councillors also claim many people who live in streets near the bridge do not know where camping will take place, and many more are confused about the arrangements.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne said: “I have asked for temporary parking restrictions on Maple Grove over the weekend to ensure safe emergency access and a temporary roadway across the field to ensure vehicles coming onto the site are segregated safely from walkers and cyclists and to minimise damage to the ground.” The council has now confirmed that 80 pitches have been booked near Maple Grove on the east of the river, with a total capacity of 130, and announced it is to hold an information session for residents on Monday, June 23, from 6pm at the Maple Grove entrance, and issue more detailed information on the plans.

Sally Burns, of City of York Council, said: “A Micklegate Ward event was held about the Grand Départ followed by a drop-in information session on 10 April at Rowntree Park Reading Café which included information on camping. We completely recognise the need for updated information to be shared and so will be holding another session.”

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11:40am Fri 20 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Councillors I challenge you to organise a free drinking session in a place that makes beer....can you organise it?
Councillors I challenge you to organise a free drinking session in a place that makes beer....can you organise it? eeoodares
  • Score: 16

1:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

HeworthM says...

Doing some basic maths, if all the pitches are being occupied for the maximum 5 nights, and they are all the largest size of tent permitted, at £35 per night this exercise is generating income of £14,000. If this is the smallest priced tents at £25 for 1 night only, this would be £2,000.
Perhaps the relevant department could be asked by The Press for the expected surplus/(deficit) from this campsite, so we can understand the "value" to the local people which have council have generated from this opportunity, and ahead of the next election the local people can weigh up the value of this against any disruption caused to them.
Doing some basic maths, if all the pitches are being occupied for the maximum 5 nights, and they are all the largest size of tent permitted, at £35 per night this exercise is generating income of £14,000. If this is the smallest priced tents at £25 for 1 night only, this would be £2,000. Perhaps the relevant department could be asked by The Press for the expected surplus/(deficit) from this campsite, so we can understand the "value" to the local people which have council have generated from this opportunity, and ahead of the next election the local people can weigh up the value of this against any disruption caused to them. HeworthM
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Fri 20 Jun 14

greenmonkey says...

"Sally Burns, of City of York Council, said: “A Micklegate Ward event was held about the Grand Départ followed by a drop-in information session on 10 April at Rowntree Park Reading Café which included information on camping."
SO.. obviously residents of Maple Grove should have attended that event that they weren't informed of, on the off chance that the council might later decide to designate their side of the river as a camp site for the event?
"Sally Burns, of City of York Council, said: “A Micklegate Ward event was held about the Grand Départ followed by a drop-in information session on 10 April at Rowntree Park Reading Café which included information on camping." SO.. obviously residents of Maple Grove should have attended that event that they weren't informed of, on the off chance that the council might later decide to designate their side of the river as a camp site for the event? greenmonkey
  • Score: 7

9:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

Sick of this silly race aswell clear of back to france all this disruption for us old folk free bus pass etc cannot go anywhere!!
Sick of this silly race aswell clear of back to france all this disruption for us old folk free bus pass etc cannot go anywhere!! Y.I.P.
  • Score: -2

3:32pm Mon 30 Jun 14

yorkie71 says...

I've contacted the council about questions about the Fulford campsite as couldn't attend the 23/6 session near Maple Grove. So far no responses to my questions about noise control (will they act if we report it) & parking/unloading areas for the campers
I've contacted the council about questions about the Fulford campsite as couldn't attend the 23/6 session near Maple Grove. So far no responses to my questions about noise control (will they act if we report it) & parking/unloading areas for the campers yorkie71
  • Score: 2

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