Oh Dear! Whilst acknowledging that many folk from within and outside North Yorkshire will enjoy the race, there are many like my husband and I who have no interest whatsoever.
When we elected our local politicians none of us were asked if we wanted the Race, together with the total disruption it causes and the enormous cost. Those of us who live in or near the route have had continuous road works for many weeks now, bringing normal travel life to a standstill.
A hapless (but trying to be helpful) official from North Yorkshire’s Highways Department has now admitted that the roadworks have been brought forward so we can be ready for the Race. She claims that all the works currently underway were in the 2016/2017 programme anyway – what a coincidence that they are all on the Cycle Race route!
Repairs to other more seriously impaired routes are further delayed. Signage and diversions are woefully inadequate despite the Council’s best efforts. Yesterday, faced with another unsigned road closure, my husband asked a workman where the diversion signs were. He replied he had no idea, it was nothing to do with him.
Now we hear that many schools along the Race route are to be closed for all or part of the school day, because the children will be unable to get to and/or from school due to road closures. North Yorkshire is a Council very keen on fining parents who take their children out of school for a day out or a holiday because this is bad for their education. School cannot even be closed for the Nidderdale Show, the greatest day in our Nidderdale calender.
However, it is acceptable to deprive them of a day’s schooling for a Cycle Race!
What is the cost for the many parents who will have to take a day off work to care for their children if school is closed, some of whom may not get paid?
We need some answers please!