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York's Tour de France Monk Stray Spectator Hub To Move


2:33pm 5th June 2014
(Updated 5:39pm 5th June 2014)

The planned Monk Stray spectator hub in York for the Tour de France is being moved, just a month before the Grand Depart comes to York.

Sally Burns, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at York Council said: “As preparations to celebrate the Tour de France progress, plans are afoot to consider a new location for the Monk Stray Spectator Hub."

“Accommodating residents and visitors, listening and responding to local people concerns about current ground conditions due to heavy recent rain, supporting the sporting legacy of the Tour in York, as well as the prevailing weather conditions have all been factored into a decision to consider relocating the spectator hub."

“Alternatives are currently being investigated, with early indications being very favourable."

It comes after plans for eight metre access gates for Monk Stray for the Tour de France were withdrawn at the last minute this afternoon.

A York Council planning committee was due to decide on the controversial plans for double timber field gates for the stray this afternoon. However, the plans which were submitted by the city council were pulled in a one line letter this morning.

Independent Councillor Mark Warters told the committee he had heard on Monday morning, the plans would be withdrawn and queried why a site visit had taken place at Monk Stray yesterday.

You can hear the audio from the council's planning committee exchanges between Councillor Mark Warters and York Council officer Gareth Arnold below.

Lib Dem councillor Nigel Ayre released a statement after the gates were withdrawn saying

“I am pleased that officers have listened to local concerns and taken the sensible decision to withdraw this planning application. With significant local opposition and many unanswered questions it was the logical thing to do.

“However, this is another embarrassing episode for the Labour Cabinet Member and her plans for Monk Stray. It has been one blunder after another. First Labour’s attempts to get a licence to hold events every year on the Stray was defeated, then the Caravan Club pulled out of hosting camping on the site for the Tour De France, and now the plans to install a gate before the Tour have been withdrawn.

“The mistake that Labour has made at every step is to propose half-baked plans before consulting with local residents. Monk Stray is a much valued open space that belongs to the people of York. Labour seem to have completely forgotten this.”

However, on the subject of gates for Monk Stray, Sally Burns from York Council stated:

“A further planning application for the gate off Stockton Lane will be resubmitted shortly, as guaranteed safe and adequate access and egress for the Stray remains an operational issue."


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