Communities to benefit from a £20,000 pot to help with Tour de France preparations (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Communities to benefit from a £20,000 pot to help with Tour de France preparations
COMMUNITIES that will be playing host to thousands of cycling enthusiasts next summer have been given the opportunity to benefit from a share of £20,000 to boost tourism.
Parish councils and community groups across Richmondshire can receive up to £500 to help fund Tour de France activities and make the most of visitors that will pour into the district.
Richmondshire District Council has set up the Tour De France fund to make the Grand Depart event a memorable spectator experience on July 5, 2014.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is offering a similar scheme where communities in the park can also receive £500.
Numerous camp sites and car parks have already been identified by communities in an effort to support the large number of tourists expected. In Muker, Swaledale, a committee made up of residents, business owners and parish councillors has been fundraising for its ‘Tour de Fleece’ festival – a three-day event including live music, a beer tent, camping, a large screen and children’s entertainment.
Christine Clarkson, a committee member, said: “The funding would be great for us. We are holding a fundraising duck race on October 27 and raised quite a bit at Muker Show but everything helps towards the festival we have planned.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to try and generate a lot of money for the parish that will benefit the community for years to come.”
Bainbridge Parish Council also confirmed it would be applying for the funds, and will be holding a meeting in the coming weeks to decide what the cash would be spent on.
And both Leyburn and Reeth town councils are working alongside respective business associations to build on plans for the event.
Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council chairman John Blackie said there will be a public meeting held on Wednesday, October 16 in Hawes where a number of plans put forward will be discussed.
“We want to make the day the Tour de France came to town a fabulous memory that will live vividly for many years to come - we are most unlikely to see it again in our lifetime,” he said.
Funding applications open on Tuesday, October 1 and close May 31, 2014.
Application forms are available at www.richmondshire.gov.uk/businesscommunity/fundinggrantschemes.aspx or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 01748-827022.
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