The Tour de France will be with us in under five months’ time.
Reporter Alex Johnston introduces an exclusive series ofbehind-the-scenes features from those that are organising the event, the first of which is from Harrogate Borough Council’s lead officer on the Tour de France, Nigel Avison
In the past three weeks, your Harrogate Advertiser has revealed which roads will be closed, race timings and where fans can watch the action.
Now, writing the first of a series of exclusive features from behind the scenes, Harrogate Borough Council’s lead officer on the Tour de France, Nigel Avison, is inviting those hoping to set up temporary campsites to a meeting with experts.
“When we held our first public meeting last year, hundreds of people expressed an interest in celebrating the Tour with stand-alone events such as a village party or a cycling festival or activity linked to the provision of temporary campsites, caravan or car parks etc.
This is great because we want people to grab the opportunities presented by the Tour de France when it comes through the Harrogate district on July 5 and 6.
But hosting a public event is likely to be a big undertaking and whilst we have issued a number of guidance sheets, these may not go far enough in ensuring local event organisers are doing all that is necessary to make sure their events can be delivered safely and successfully.
Organisers are now being offered the opportunity to speak directly to representatives from the highway authority, the licensing team, emergency services and Tour de France local delivery team.
They will be offered free and impartial advice on their emerging event delivery plans and risk assessments and confirmation of what permissions and consents (if any) are required for events to go ahead.
We also want to make sure that organisers are aware of the constraints imposed by the race itself, including access and egress restrictions that may be in force and that they understand the implications these might have for their events.
Anyone planning a public event or setting up temporary camping/caravan sites, or car parks is invited to attend a Safety Advisory Group surgery being held on Thursday, February 13 at the council’s Knapping Mount offices between 1.30pm and 6pm.
They will be able to book a 30 minute individual appointment with a small panel of experts drawn from the organisations mentioned above.”
l These sessions are open to any community group, parish council, landowner or business planning an event open to the public, taking place on public land, or impacting on the public highway and pre-booking is essential.
Call Penny Toomey to book an appointment on 01423 556953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org