Agenda item

Tour de Yorkshire 2018

To consider a report by the Chief Executive (Reference 17/188 attached).



The Council considered a report by the Chief Executive (Reference 17/188) in respect of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 event.  The recommendations in the report were moved by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  The Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture, Councillor Jenkinson expressed his full support for the event which brought enormous economic benefits to the Borough and showcased the Borough on the international stage as a cycling destination.  Other councillors objected to the cost of the Borough hosting the event, querying if this cost could be reduced, and maintaining that it did not benefit all of the Borough, indeed it caused disruption for some local businesses, and that the money could be better spent supporting frontline services.  Others commented that the event provided excellent value for money in terms of the total economic impact on the Borough’s economy (estimated to be some £1m on the final day’s stage alone), the international media coverage, and the effect on the villages along the route, some of which organised fundraising and community events to coincide with the race.  Councillor Ritchie requested more detailed socio-economic analysis of the impact of the event, for example in relation to local cycling initiatives, the wider health benefits and business income, which the Leader, Councillor Bastiman also supported.  Filey ward councillor and Cabinet Member, Councillor Cockerill commented how he was now more disposed towards the event having witnessed the large amount of spectators en route this year, and having pressed the case for Filey to be included in the itinerary with the organisers next year.

RESOLVED that the Council:

      i.        Note The benefits of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire event to the region and local economy; and

    ii.        Give approval for the Council to accept Welcome to Yorkshire’s offer to be a host city/town for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire at a maximum cost of £150,000 to be funded from anticipated surpluses from car parking revenue in the current financial year (2017/18).



To inform members of the offer from Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for Scarborough to be a “Host city/town” for the Tour De Yorkshire in 2018.  In essence this would mean that Scarborough would be either a start or finish location for racing on one of the days of the Tour. 


Welcome to Yorkshire is proposing that the 2018 race will take place from 4th to 6th May. The route will be determined once Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO have looked at the potential host towns and routes. The 2017 Stage 1 route started in Bridlington and finished in Scarborough.


The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are seeking a financial contribution from the Council to take part in the 2018 event.  There will be additional expenditure required to deliver appropriate infrastructure and support for the day itself.  Based on the cost of the 2017 event, it is estimated that this will be in the region of £150,000.


In order to meet the timescales required to confirm the route of the race, WTY has informed the Chief Executive that they require the Council to confirm the offer by early September 2017.


To ensure that Council continues to be kept abreast of the benefits from an economic, publicity and community engagement perspective that the Tour de Yorkshire brings to the local economy.



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