So, let's welcome the Tour in September 2019. Prior to that, the South Lakeland District Council needs to amend its permissions to ensure that the Tour of Britain is an exemplary 'green' event.'
no harmful generators
no single-use plastic
On 25 July 2019, with highest recorded temperatures in the UK I'm mindful of the Climate Emergency. So is Kendal Town Council Environment and Highway Committee who have formed a sub-committee to address the issue of Climate Change. ' Not just talk, talk' urged a young woman at the Climate Emergency meeting at Kendal Town Hall on 9 th July where i raised the issue of the environmental impact of major tourist events. Specifically, the Tour of Britain because i was there, I witnessed what happened.
So--- I have raised the issue with the new committee and the Liberal Democrats. I have contacted the Green Party and await a response. I have emailed the Tour of Britain, set out the problem and await a response. They have time to address it and avoid a repeat of what happened in 2016.
I'm aware this is an inconvenient truth for the Tour of Britain to contemplate. And for towns eager to welcome tourism. But a Climate Emergency demands a better response than talk, talk. It demands that such issues are addressed, now.
Tour of Britain Stage 4 Gateshead to Kendal 10th September 2019
See the Tour of Britain's guidelines on sustainability here
1 August 2019 Good News Team vehicles will not park on Brigsteer Road, but in a less residential ` location. And I'm assured they will continue to work to ensure the Tour reduces its impact on the environment.