08/09/2014 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


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


Remember, if you have any stories you think we


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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.


Join us next week. We will have a special on pensions, looking at the


people are trying to liberate you for your pension money. Find out why


the widows of some Armed Forces officers are their pensions.


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.

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