Campaigners call on councils to create ‘meaningful legacy’ for Tour de France’s Uttlesford visit

15:59 30 June 2014

Tour de France.

Tour de France.


Cycling campaigners have called on local councils to create a “meaningful legacy” to honour next week’s Tour de France visit.

With Saffron Walden and the wider district gearing up to welcome the world’s top riders next Monday (July 7), Access Walden has said the one “significant question” that hangs over the event is what happens next.

The campaign group has battled for three years to persuade town, district and county councils to implement a solution to the need for safer cycling and walking in and around Saffron Walden.

Access Walden spokesman James Savage said: “We’ve heard a lot of rhetoric from Essex and Uttlesford councils about creating a Tour de France legacy. Yet there is no sense from either council as to what they mean by this and how they plan to secure it.

“The Wenden Road cycle and footpath – the only project currently that has any chance of facilitating such an uptake in cycling – came as an initiative from residents, yet a decision on it by Essex County Council hangs in the balance.”

He added: “Given the health, economic, safety and community benefits such a legacy could bring, it’s time our councils stated exactly how they will enable this and start by approving the Wenden Road scheme.”

Access Walden will be publicising the need for a legacy to convert people’s enthusiasm for the Tour de France as it passes through, with a high visibility banner, on-road message, and filming with the BBC for a possible feature in the autumn.


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