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A MAJOR cycling event could be barred from Worcestershire's roads next year after a wave of criticism.

Worcestershire County councillor Ken Pollock, responsible for economy and infrastructure, claims the future of Velo Birmingham in Worcestershire is 'in the balance'.

He said there has been 'vehement' local opposition to the bike ride, which was organised by CSM Active.

Some residents and businesses have raised concerns about the impact of road closures scheduled for the event on Sunday, September 24.

Cllr Pollock said: "The future of Velo in the county is very much in the balance.

"There's no commitment to 2018 and beyond. CSM has a contract with Birmingham City Council for five years.

"As Worcestershire County Council we will review 2017 before we decide to commit. We are very anxious that people should let us know what they think.

"The decision on next year, will probably be discussed by cabinet. It may even come through to full council."

The councillor said he sympathised with businesses affected by the closures but encouraged them to make the most of the spectacle.

He added that about 10 per cent of the riders involved in the event were from Worcestershire.

In the Wyre Forest district and surrounding areas, roads will be closed at various times from 6am to 3.30pm in Caunsall, Wolverley, Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport, Chaddesley Corbett, Dunley and Great Witley.

For the final road closures timings, visit velobirmingham.com/the-route/road-closures.