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EXCLUSIVE: Caravan Club U-Turn on York Tour de France Campsites


1:00pm 23rd May 2014
(Updated 4:49pm 23rd May 2014)

Minster FM can exclusively reveal the Caravan Club, who were set to host the campsites in York for the Tour de France, have pulled out citing "local opposition".

But York Council has insisted there will still be campsites for the event and it is holding further negotiations.

It comes just a week after the partnership between the city council and the organisation was revealed to the public, with both bodies saying they were "delighted" to be working together.

But the Caravan Club says it is now pulling out because of "local opposition to the pop-up campsites", in a statement given to Minster FM the organisation says:

The Caravan Club was founded in 1907 and is well regarded as a highly professional organisation which represents the interests of its one million members.  The Club has an ethos of being sensitive and environmentally aware land custodians.  Caravanners are considered to be extremely good neighbours who engender a welcoming and helpful community spirit.

In March 2014 The Caravan Club was approached by the City of York Council and work began on an agreement which would have seen The Caravan Club become the managing partner for the City’s pop-up campsites for the Tour de France.

The Caravan Club takes great pride in developing strong relationships with third parties; landowners and residents alike. 

In light of local opposition to the pop-up campsites, regrettably, The Caravan Club does not feel it would be appropriate to manage the sites under its exempted status or, therefore, to enter into an agreement with City of York Council to provide these facilities.

The Caravan Club enjoys working with the City of York Council and hopes that visitors to the Tour de France will be able to find suitable accommodation to meet their needs during this landmark sporting event.


Meanwhile, York Council has announced it will hold a meeting with people living near Monk Stray on Tuesday to update them on their plans for the Tour de France. It will take place on Tuesday 27 May at Christ Church, Stockton Lane, between 6-8pm.

It's the latest in a series of events the council has held since February. Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “At the very well-attended information session at Bell Farm Social Hall in March, we committed to arrange another, and we’re welcoming people to this next open session on Tuesday 27 May at Christ Church, Stockton Lane, Heworth Without from 6-8pm.”

Council officials use the meeting to update people on the route and traffic arrangements as well as the York: Be part of it festival. Arrangements around the Spectator Hub will be given and the creation of a Friends of Monk Stray Groupwill also be discussed to help maintain and promote the enjoyment of this land owned by the council.

The latest official information from the council is available on the authority's Tour de France website.

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