Toby Foster investigates whether the success of the Tour de France has had a lasting positive effect in Yorkshire.
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Good evening and welcome to Inside Out.
Tonight, we're in the Yorkshire Dales.
I'm Toby Foster, and I'm here in one of the most beautiful valleys
in the Yorkshire Dales, where they are celebrating 65 years
But first, Roma migrants from eastern Europe have bedn
hitting the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, especially
Tonight, we followed the cotntry's first Roma special constabld back to
his homeland to find out whx people are so keen to come and livd here.
It's impossible to find a job if you are a Roma.
Also tonight, it was the biggest and best party of the summer, but
have we gained anything now the Tour de France caravan has left town
The influx of migrants from Eastern Europe is causing tdnsions
In Rotherham they have now got the UK's first Roma`Slovak special
constable in an attempt to bridge the gulf between local people
Kate Bradbrook went on a long journey with him to find out more.
Policing the Rotherham suburbs, special constables Peter and Joe
have been working together for six months.
This area of Ferham on the outskirts of the town has
Peter is originally from Slovakia and is Roma himself.
It is a big advantage in what can be a difficult role
He is saying he feels quite safe when he comes out.
The only issues are noise after ten o'clock.
Thank you for talking to us. Thank you.
The best thing about it is the language.
I can speak Roma, Slovak and English, so they can choose
any language and I can speak to them.
In the past decade, the Roma population in
South Yorkshire has grown from just above zero to tens of thous`nds
The Roma people are often accused by residents of causing anth`social
behaviour, gathering on pavdments and leaving litter on the streets.
They are issues Peter and Joe tackle on an almost daily b`sis
In Slovakia, if people drink after 10pm
and there are noises on the street, it is a normal thing, no ond cares.
I quite often get people talking to me about noise,
litter, so we just try to do as much as possible in this case.
Many Roma people here now consider Yorkshire to be their home, but to
understand more about where they have come from I will be following
Peter as he takes Joe to thd town in Slovakia where he was born.
The picturesque Michelovce district Slovakia,
But this is a country of two halves, and during the trip he will be
taking Joe to areas tourists rarely see where the Roma people lhve.
I am not sure what to expect, I have heard quite
a few stories about Slovaki` from Pete and his family, so we will
We may still be in Europe, but this is a world away
Obviously the weather is a lot hotter.
It has made me a bit sad, rdally, to see that people live likd that.
As we drive deeper into Petdr's homeland, he opens up
They moved over in the first instance just to escape rachsm and
In Slovakia, Roma people are being discrhminated
against and it is impossibld to find a job if you are Roma.
So they needed to find a job, they needed to improve
their lives to make my life better, so that is why the moved ovdr.
Next stop, the village of P`vlovce nad Uhom, where Peter grew tp
Right, welcome, this is my grandparents' hotse.
Peter, would you mind asking your grandfather for me what he thinks
He says he is really proud, because he advised me to go
He just wanted at least one or two people to be
in that kind of department to represent the Roma people and
But it is what happens outshde the house, the gathering
of large communal groups, which sometimes causes friction when
Within the Roma and Gypsy ctlture it is a normal thing that they do,
gather outside and talk and just be friends with each other.
I know in England it might not be seen as normal, it might be seen
as anti`social behaviour, however over there it is a normal thing
Do you think when it becomes a larger gathering that could be seen
I would certainly also feel intimidated,
so I can understand other ethnic minorities such as white Brhtish
Is it being outside, talking to others, socialising?
Or is it staying indoors and complaining, if you likd,
After the hours of darkness, you know, when people try and sleep,
it can get annoying then, btt it is just people socialising, re`lly
I really do like the closendss and togetherness
Joe's first night in Slovakha has given him plenty to think about
Today, though, he will be sdeing the other side of the Roma life
This area where Peter's famhly come from is relatively wealthy,
but just a couple of streets up here people are far less fortunate.
Some Roma people here have no electricity or running water,
Many on this one street havd already moved to South Yorkshire, sdeking
This family allowed us to film inside their home.
Two of his daughters sleep in that room.
That is where he lives with his wife and his little son, on the couch.
And his father sleeps just on the other side there.
In such a confined space, this area also doubles up
as a kitchen, using water collected from the well outside.
Joe, you came here to find out more about how the Roma people lhve.
What is your reaction to what you have seen?
It is quite upsetting, really, that people live in these condithons
It is an eye`opener for back home, as well, where people are lhving
conditions many consider to be quite poor ` compared to this, it's far
Is that what you were expecting Definitely no.
I was not expecting anything like that.
As Peter continues to guide us through the Roma Township,
an example of another issue which is also seen back homd.
In South Yorkshire, one of the main issues people seem
If we look here, it is absolutely covered ` why is that?
I think it is laziness, people are just too lazy.
I think that is unacceptabld, whether in Slovakia or Engl`nd.
I think, personally, somethhng needs to be done about it.
If the bin is full, where shall I put it?
That is why we are facing m`ssive issues with litter in
Are there collections here for litter?
Over here I don't believe there are, nothing is done about it, it is
From our brief visit to Slovakia, it is clearly a country of
contrasts and, although Joe works with the Roma all day in Rotherham,
seeing the conditions here has been an eye`opening experience.
It has been a really good insight to the Roma Slovakia communhty.
Here it is acceptable to throw things on the floor because
Back in England people have not been educated, and because it is second
nature here they behave the same way over there.
I believe it will be really beneficial for him
in a future policing career to work with them closely, because he knows
With more Roma Slovaks still hoping to make the move to South Yorkshire,
it is likely Joe's experience gained in Slovakia will soon be
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We celebrate 65 years since the creation of our National Parks.
Anyone want to buy a second`hand yellow bike?
It's been a couple of months now since the worldos top cyclists
came through Yorkshire in what was fantastic weekend, but
it cost millions of pounds to stage the Grand Depart
What will we get out of it now that they have gone?
It's fair to say that many of us went pretty Tour de France crazy
this summer ` I certainly did on my radio show.
It's eight o'clock here on BBC Radio Sheffield.
Let's go to Wendy Middleton with the main news.
It does seem like all I have spoken about four
Yes, for two days what is bhlled as the biggest annual sporthng event
About 3 million people lined the route
and the scenes were amazing, but was it just a thrilling weekend for
Will there be any legacy for cyclists in Yorkshire?
they host the Grand Depart in 2015 `
I don't think there is a great legacy.
People do turn out and have a nice day out, but I don't think watching
the Tour de France will persuade them
to buy a bike to travel to work.
If you want to be serious about cycling and walking as ways to
get around, we have to give them some priority in the streets.
The remains of Sheffield's Don Valley Stadhum,
a few hundred metres from where the world's top cyclists
sprinted for the line to win Yorkshire's Grand Depart.
And standing there it is hard not to reflect on the heightened
hope often attached to thesd predictions of sporting leg`cy.
This was where golden girl Jessica Ennis`Hill trained.
Council taxpayers who were not even born when this was built
for the World Student Games in 991 are still repaying millions every
Across Yorkshire, councils facing difficult ddcisions
financially spent ?10 million securing and staging the Totr.
Should they have paid to st`ge a two`day bike race?
Can I give you a leaflet on how politicians are wasting your money?
The Taxpayers' Alliance questioned whether this was the best use
The day after the Tour passed through York, the
pressure group was in the chty as part of its so`called war on waste.
Can I give you a leaflet on how politicians are wasting your money?
I am eating my breakfast, if you don't mind.
I'm not to be a killjoy and say the Tour should nevdr have
come through Yorkshire, I think it is fair and justified that whenever
tens of millions of taxpayers' money is spent on any project that
local taxpayers should have the right to question polithcal
leaders as to whether they have got value for money.
Certainly respecting the Tour de France, I think many
people find it very odd there is very little private money and
sponsorship involved in supporting this event, which could havd
People will also be concerndd that perhaps some essential servhces
which are already subject to savings and cuts perhaps may have stffered
even more harshly because of budgets being transferred to
But, according to the man who did so much to bring the Tour to Yorkshire,
there was little alternativd but to use taxpayers' money.
That's a fine theory, but again knowing the Tour de France
intimately, that's not possible because
You can't have a bank because LCL, the French national bank,
Skoda, you can't have a car company because they are ond of the
You can't have a supermarket because of Carrefour,
And other categories as well are also knocked out.
It doesn't leave you with much else to go for.
Municipalities as they would call them in France, what we would call
local authorities, they must put their hand
From their point of view, it is a huge return on investment.
Of course, no`one at the Grdat Yorkshire Show needs any convincing
But it's said that the Tour has a potential worldwide audience
One of the strands of the legacy will undoubtedly be
tourism and there will be more people coming here to visit and
explore Yorkshire, having sden the stunning pictures in 190 cotntries
They did look beautiful from those helicopter shots.
There have been a number of people that have said to me that
they did not realise how be`utiful Yorkshire was and they will now come
And the tourist industry won't be the only one to gain.
Now, if you've got the sort of money to spend on
a bike that most families spend on a car, then you might be surprised
Race Scene sells some of the finest road bikes in thd world.
Obviously since the Tour came to Yorkshire,
The measuring process takes approximately two hours,
where we will establish the correct geometry of the frame
and the correct setup of thd bike, which will ultimately make ht run
more comfortably, but it will also be a lot more efficient as well
The bikes here are so high end that if Bradley Wiggins
We can do an exact copy of `ny of the top pro's bikes without any
The introduction of the new electronic systems on the bhkes
means that there are no cables, so it is all done by electronics.
It can quite easily be in excess of ?10,000 for the bike
Of course, it's not the first time the Tour de France has crossed la
This year the Grand Depart dnded in London and
Ken Livingstone was London Layor at the time.
Tell us about the process of getting the Tour de France to
Oh, it was so easy, it may have gone up a bit shnce I
bid, but you pay the Tour dd France ?1.5 million, and you have the right
We spent about another 1.5 million on
It cost us ?3 million, we rdckon we got ?100 million in tourist income.
Back in Yorkshire and if yot were in the road repair business then
the last year could have bedn quite lucrative.
It's one part of the legacy of the Tour that will benefht all
And if you are lucky enough to live on the 250 miles of Yorkshire road
that the Tour de France racdd on, then at least you won't havd to put
up with any potholes for a while, as long as you stay local.
Yorkshire councils spent ?6 million on providing
the butter`smooth surface for the elite cyclists to rhde on.
?4.5 million of that was taken from future spending on roads.
People will find it odd that all of the sudden there is money to pay for
the repair of potholes on cdrtain roads in Yorkshire, in other words,
Cycle campaigner Lizzie Reather wouldn't mind a few potholes...
Most of her five`mile commute from Rothwell to Leeds city centre
Potholed surfaces are bad but tarmac would be better than what
There's a choice between a really busy, horrible main road
with a motorway junction on it or I can take this route which is a bit
less direct and takes quite a bit longer, but it feels a lot safer.
It's difficult to ride during the winter.
Sometimes I have to get off and push because of the mud.
Campaigners like Lizzie have welcomed
the planned Leeds to Bradford cycle highway, but it's just one route.
More than half the people surveyed by the BBC said
they thought their local ro`ds were too dangerous to ride on.
I'm going to meet some people plucking up the courage to brave
The cyclists in Bingham Park today are learning road craft as part
of a council scheme to get lore of us out on the roads.
Naz Khan was well into his fifth decade beford he
All my kids can cycle and they said it's about time you le`rned.
It took me about a week and half to get my balance
And on. In these of routes hn Yorkshire. The Tour de France has
done a lot to get people interested. I do not think I will go up any
slopes any time soon, but it is very good.
New cyclists like Naz learndd through a scheme called cycle
boost and many such projects are available across Yorkshire.
Training has improved in thd Michu 20 times safer on the road. If you
are worried about the speed of traffic, I would advocate you take
up the training. You can sed from some of the people who are here
they have moved on from cycling on the parks on the busier roads.
In Holland 26% of all journdys are made by bike in the UK it's just 2%.
But that just might be becatse in Holland there are separate, safe
Well, you might already have guessed that
But I do know this ` It's scary on the roads
and cyclists just want a safe place to ride where the car isn't king.
And that's why this bespoke two lane highway in Sheffield
it's just nice to be able to cycle away from traffic.
Until you reach the dead end a few hundred metres down the track.
And cyclists across Yorkshire hope the legacy of the tour de France
It's been 65 years since thd National Park Service creatdd by an
Act of Parliament. The Peak District was the first. Today, there are 15
and despite their geographical differences, they have all been
successful. However, they f`ce similar challenges. Jane Held
reports. `` Jenny Hill. Over six decades the Nation`l Parks
have become the nation's most prized The idea for public access to large
tracts of the countryside bdgan a century or so
before it became enshrined hn law. It was an event in 1932 which is
credited as being the catalxst During the
Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, 400 people walked onto a privatdly owned
rocky plateau in the Peak Dhstrict. Five were jailed,
and the controversy prompted Although people didn't know it
at the time, it created a m`rtyr in Benny Rothman and his frhends `
the young men that went to jail And I think people were so outraged
that these young men were sdnt to jail purely for walking on the hills
that it really set people thinking, and although it took another 20`odd
years until after the Second World War before we finally got
the legislation we needed, The Council for the Preserv`tion
of Rural England are urging the Government to create these National
Parks with the fresh, clean air With their quiet,
still waters offering Today, across the North,
the five National Parks havd about a million residents ` and
roughly 50 million tourists a year. To visitors, they're playgrounds `
idyllic sanctuaries for picnics Originally from Lancashire, Steve, a
ranger, believes he has a dream job. As patch covers Langdale and
Windermere. He has a role as a diplomat, he has to walk th`t
tightrope between the different conflicts of interest. People can
wear away the things they come to love. We have to make this structure
more robust and sustainable and provide that balance without
destroying what people can see. As well as having the technical
ability, sometimes you need something to draw on your own
perception of what it looks like, how to blend in with the cars and
contours. `` cars. With the scenery like this, no wonder properties and
the national parks are seen as so desirable. But they come at a cost.
According to one national estate agent, how Cisse are 18% more
expensive. Without large`sc`le estates and development, thdre is a
shortage of affordable homes. This is the Craven district of the
Yorkshire Dales. The cost of an average house is around ?200,00 .
You would need an annual income of around ?40,000 as this building site
is being developed by a housing charity which five houses and two
flats are under construction at a cost of ?1 million. If they will go
to people on social housing waiting lists. The charity says building in
a national Park cannot workhng with accumulating, the national Park and
the local authority often some of these sites might be in the working
for two or three years before they actually even get and the n`tional
Park because we, you are buhlding small sites, so economies of scale
that you get an orb when the parks was opened there were
regular bus services. Many of those routes have since been abandoned.
Seven years ago, Colin Speakman helped set up this bus servhce. It
took on the management of m`ny of the Sunday routes within thd
Yorkshire Dales and has seen passenger numbers treble. The people
use the bosses decide where they will go and what they will cost We
do the planning. We work closely with loser `` regular users. As well
as local people and the loc`l organisations, the national park and
the bus companies. It is very important. Even without that kind of
money, the volunteers cannot achieve things. 60 years ago, no ond had
coined the term global warnhng. Today, dealing with changes in our
climate is a priority for the national parks. `` global w`rming.
This area has provided a water source getting hydroelectric power
to the real estate of this `rea for over 90 years. Now it has bden
upgraded and the surplus polar enough for around 400 homes, will be
fed into the network. It is a big engineering project in the normally
tranquil spot. We tried to do the restoration works properly. Nature
soon recovers. Provide the limit the damage, within a few years time we
will not know what has gone on exactly. It says a lot about the
national park that and 65 ydars views like this have barely changed,
compare that to the alterathons made to our urban landscapes, but change
is coming. No one knows what the consequences will be. The government
has not ruled out the possibility of fracking for oil and gas in the
national parks. The authorities will face cuts which will see shrinking
workforces and reduced budgdts. That's all from the Yorkshire Dales.
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Toby Foster presents the stories that matter in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This week, Toby investigates if the buzz of the Tour de France has had a lasting positive effect in Yorkshire.