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Firefighters stage austerity cuts event

Firefighters will stage a public event later in York to highlight what they claim is the devastating impact the government's austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service. Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be in St Sampson's Square in York from midday, as part of their nationwide "Ring of Fire" tour.

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Cycling returns to York

Cyclists can ride around the centre of York today Credit: ITV News Calendar

Riders are starting to arrive in York for a day of cycling events. More than 4000 people have registered in advance for the event which comes just a few weeks after the city welcomed the Tour de France.

York gears up for weekend of cycling

Cycling fever is set to hit York once again this weekend as the annual Festival of Cycling and Sky Ride York take place in the city.

The York Festival of Cycling will once again take place in Rowntree Park over the weekend with all sorts of pedal powered activities for residents and visitors to take part in. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes including adaptive bikes and penny farthings for people to test ride.

There will also be an 'AirBag' for dare devils to try out their tricks on without the worry of a hard landing. Stunt team 'The Clan' will be on hand throughout the weekend to entertain people with their breathtaking stunt show, showing some of the amazing tricks that can be done on two wheels.

Tomorrow Sky Ride York will take place giving people the chance to ride around a 5.6km traffic free loop taking in some of the city's picturesque streets and historic landmarks.

The route will be open from 10.30am-4pm giving residents the chance to ride it as much, or as little as they want and at a pace to suit everyone.

After the amazing success of the Tour de France in York, this weekend gives people who may not be seasoned cyclists the chance to give cycling a go in a friendly and safe environment.

"People will even get the rare opportunity to ride on traffic free roads in the centre of York, just like the professional cyclists who took part in the Tour de France."

– Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism

Blueprint for York's future

There is controversy in York over radical plans to build new towns, bulldoze hundreds of acres of green fields and expand the city's population by 40,000 people over the next 15 years.

City leaders say the sweeping changes are needed because young people are being priced out of York and forced to move elsewhere where houses are cheaper.

But opponents say the city's unique character which attracts millions of visitors could be buried beneath an urban sprawl. Jon Hill reports.

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