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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Changes made to cycling times

GLENCAPLE and Bankend residents have reached a resolution with British Cycling and Dumfries and Galloway Council amid concerns about the National Championships road time trial race route.

Following a meeting with residents last week representatives from British Cycling and the council acknowledged the impact on communities and apologised for the lack of communication and consultation at an earlier date.

And now three approximate time slots have been created at peak times between the day’s four races to allow residents ‘essential access’ to their homes and business’ via the Bankend Road.

In a statement via their website, the council said:“British Cycling and our council acknowledge the disruption caused by the National Time Trials taking place on closed roads in your communities.

“We clearly received your feedback that earlier communication and notification of the event and road closure programme was desired, whilst there were external factors that did influence our timing we apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause and hope that the mitigations being put in place will enable your communities to maintain all essential activity during the day of the time trials.”

However, after the announcement many residents took to social media to voice their unhappiness about the resolution. They suggested that there was a lack of consideration for vulnerable people receiving care at home and that the residents were an afterthought due to the amount of money and publicity the race will bring to the region.

Formal information will be released to residents before race day on June 23.

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