Cabinet members from Uttlesford District Council (UDC) have agreed to set up a working group to oversee and support the Tour De France which will be racing through the district on July 7 next year.
Representatives from relevant partner organisations and town/parish councils will be invited to join the working group, chaired by Cllr Howard Rolfe, cabinet member for communities and partnerships at UDC.
The members have also set aside £20,000 in the 2014/15 budget to help fund and support this prestigious and international event, which will race through Saffron Walden, Sewards End, Radwinter, the Sampfords and Felsted.
Cllr Rolfe said: “We recognise that this event requires a level of support which will ensure that everyone will be able to capture this fantastic elite sport on the day and come away with a lasting legacy which may inspire those to get involved with sport and activity.
“We want to make sure that it is as successful as the Olympic Torch Relay, which passed through the district in 2012.”
The group will comprise relevant Members and Officers including the Chief Executive, Assistant Director Community Engagement, Emergency Planning Officer and Community Partnerships Manager.
They will meet on an ad hoc basis to ensure the event is a success and that maximum benefit is achieved for the district.
The Tour de France organisers will be responsible for the majority of the logistics associated with this event.
The council appreciates that there will be travel disruption on 7 July, however it wants to reassure residents and businesses that plans are being developed to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum.
More information on road closures and alternative routes will be made available over the coming months.