Stray Act may be suspended for Tour de France

The Stray, Harrogate
The Stray, Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) is applying for the Stray Act to be suspended in order to allow the space to be used when Harrogate appears in both the opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France.

The 1985 Act requires the 200-acre Stray to remain unenclosed and unbuilt on as an open space for the public.

However, vast amounts of space will be needed for the public, media and racers, and their vehicles, during the weekend.

Lois Toyne of HBC said: “We are applying to the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to see if we can suspend the Act.

“We are seeking dispensation and hope Mr Pickles will be supportive of our request.”

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Yorkshire has won the right to host the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France next July.

On Saturday July 5, riders will head out from the centre of Leeds, heading through Harewood, Skipton, Leyburn and Ripon before the first yellow jersey of 2014 is won on West Park in Harrogate. On Sunday, July 6, stage two begins in York, passing through Knaresborough en route to Sheffield.

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