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Tour de France route fear raised by Sheffield dad

John Flowers has launched a website about the disruption that the Tour de France will cause to Fox Hill

John Flowers has launched a website about the disruption that the Tour de France will cause to Fox Hill

A concerned dad has launched a website about how the Tour de France will ‘cut off’ his Sheffield community.

Railway signalman John Flowers will not be able to get to work from his home in Fox Hill when the world’s biggest cycling event arrives on July 6, as every access road will be blocked off.

Now the 57-year-old, of Edge Close, has set up a website to advise people of the route, the ‘blockade’ in Fox Hill, and the inconveniences to public transport and other services that will be caused on the day.

Almost 2,000 leaflets have also been handed out around the area.

John said problems raised so far included local businesses not getting deliveries, people struggling to attend church services, and care workers being unable to reach their patients – and that 2,000 homes in Fox Hill would be surrounded by blocked off roads.

He said: “More concerns are coming to light every day.

“Nobody wants to see the Tour de France cancelled or the route changed.

“Deep down, everyone in Fox Hill is quite proud of how Sheffield will be in the spotlight – but they just feel that being cut off for so long is over the top.”

Mr Flowers has also invited Sheffield Council to ‘discuss a compromise’ over road closures.

Organisers behind the Tour have urged people to plan as early as possible, and pledged disruption will be minimised.

Roads in the control of the council are expected to be closed from 7.30am to 7.30pm on the day.

n Visit www.foxhillcycleblockade.com

 

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