YEP Says, June 4: Two days of pain a small price to pay for long-term Tour gain

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Inconvenience caused by road closures for Grand Depart will be worth it.

THERE is no question that the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire will cause some inconvenience.

After all, this is one of the world’s biggest sporting events and it takes place on public roads. As such, disruptions are unavoidable.

The resulting raft of road closures will force people to rethink journeys, find new routes, make alternative travel arrangements or simply spend the weekend watching top-class action for free.

Yet the fact that these closures are being publicised a month in advance gives those who stand to be affected ample time to adjust their plans accordingly.

It is important to remember too that this is an event that will only be in Yorkshire for two days.

With good signage, proper planning and effective cooperation, there is no reason why any disruption resulting from the race should not be kept to a minimum.

Yorkshire’s hosting of the opening stages of this year’s Tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only does it have the potential to inspire a new generation of cycling enthusiasts but it promises to act as a showcase for this region.

Visitors will come here from all over the world, while a global audience will witness the splendour of Yorkshire in all its glory, raising its profile and bringing future financial benefits. Set against that, a weekend of road closures is a small price to pay.

Time for a rethink on family’s deportation

WHILE there are concerns about the level of immigration into Britain, this country is rightly considered a haven for those at risk of persecution.

That is something we should be proud of – and explains the outpouring of support for Afusat Saliu as she faces deportation.

The 31-year-old fled to Leeds because she feared her young daughters, aged just four and two, would be subjected to female genital mutilation in their native Nigeria, as she herself was.

The Home Office has a difficult job to do when it comes to deciding such cases, but in this instance common sense says that it’s time for a rethink.

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