The final arrangements are being put in place in the district in preparation for the arrival of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain next week.
Stage Six of the Tour arrives in Suffolk in Newmarket and finishes in Aldeburgh next Friday, 8 September, with live coverage of the whole race on ITV4.
The route arrives in Suffolk Coastal at Dennington and follows onto Framlingham Castle, Wickham Market, Grundisburgh, past Kesgrave High School, through Woodbridge and our Council Offices in Melton. It then travels through Rendlesham, past Snape Maltings and finally finishes on Aldeburgh’s high street, outside the Golden Galleon at an expected time of 3pm.
Join Wickham Market on the Market Hill for screened live coverage of the race, a pop up bar, refreshments, food and entertainments throughout the day. For more information, visit: www.cyclewickham.co.uk
Alternative parking is also available in Wickham Market on the field between Mill Lane and Church Terrace. This can be accessed at the junction of Mill Lane and Church Terrace. This additional car park will be available from 12pm on Wednesday 6 September until 12pm on Saturday 9 September.
Leiston will also be showing coverage of the race, with a BBQ being supplied by Sizewell Sports & Social Club from 1pm and there will be plenty going on on the high street.
At the finish line, as well as seeing some of the world’s best cyclists, there will be an opportunity for the Community to take part in a Cycle ride that will see the riders finishing on the finish line. You can book your place online.
The spotlight will then be on children from Aldeburgh Primary School who took part in a competition to design posters to celebrate the arrival of the Tour.
Pupils from the school were asked to design posters and decorate wooden bikes which will be placed in local shops in the town.
Suffolk Coastal’s Chairman deliberated over 100 posters created by pupils in classes one to four.
The winners were Erin Allen from Class 1, Holly Philpot from Class 2, Daniel Owen from Class 3 and Danni Brewer from Class 4.
Prizes will be awarded by the Chairman on the day of the Tour in Aldeburgh at 12:30pm on the podium.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal District Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:
“The children are really excited for the arrival of the Tour, which is shown in their colourful posters.
“Their enthusiasm is wonderful to see as we hope one of the legacies from the Tour is to inspire the next generation to get active.
“There are so many fantastic points along the race for people to watch the excitement of the race and we hope the day will be a celebration with such a wide range of events throughout the whole district.
“All residents and businesses that will be affected by the road closures and parking suspensions in Aldeburgh have been contacted and have been offered free alternative parking on the day and all residents affected by parking suspensions along the route of the race are being contacted.”
Vantage points of the race
Temporary road closures and parking suspensions will be put in place between 11.30pm on Thursday, 7 September, and midnight on Friday, 8 September in Aldeburgh on:
Victoria Road (between the roundabout and High Street) will be closed between 1.30pm and 4pm on Friday, 8 September, to accommodate the race as it comes through to the finish line.
On-street parking will also be suspended along Wentworth Road, Thorpe Road (between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness) and Leiston Road (between roundabout and Crag Pit Nurseries) between 11.30pm on Thursday, 7 September, and midnight on Friday, 8 September.
Oakley Square, King Street, Fort Green and Slaughden Quay car parks will be closed to the public from 11.30pm on Thursday, 7 September, and midnight on Friday, 8 September.
All vehicles will need to be removed from these areas ahead of the restrictions coming into force. Any vehicle left parked on any of these roads will be issued with a parking ticket, and then towed to King’s Field for collection.
Parking will be available at the following locations in the Aldeburgh area on Friday 8 September:
Free shuttle bus service
A free shuttle bus will be available in Aldeburgh on Friday to transport people from the free parking in Thorpeness from 10am to 6pm.
The bus will leave approximately every 25 minutes from 10am to 2.45pm at both Ogilvie Pavilion and Sports Ground and Thorpeness Golf Practice Pitch and will return from Thorpe Road Car Park every 25 minutes from 3.30pm until 6pm.
The bus will be fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please note that all car free car parks will be locked at 6.30pm.