Councillors agree governance structure for Tour de France

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Calderdale Council will create a committee including elected members and officers to oversee the Tour de France in Calderdale.

The Tour de France Strategic Board will ensure that Calderdale gets the most out of holding the event and creates a lasting legacy.

Councillor Pauline Nash, portfolio holder for communities, said: “Everyone will be watching us in Calderdale, on July 6, 2014, when more than 20 miles of the Tour de France will come through the borough.

“It is important that the council is able to maximise the benefits this event can bring not only on race day itself but on the run up to 2014 and for years after.”

A report detailing the governance structure was approved at a meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet held tonight (Monday April 8) at Halifax Town Hall.

It advised that a selection of councillors, including council leader Tim Swift and deputy leader Janet Battye, and senior council officers, such as chief executive Merran McRae and director of communities Robin Tuddenham, form a board to get the most out of Le Tour in Calderdale and make sure it runs smoothly.

“It is important we deliver a really good piece of work because we will look really foolish if we don’t,” said Coun Nash (Lib Dem, Skircoat). “We cannot afford to fail.”