Agenda item

Tour de Yorkshire

To consider the report of the Director (RB) (reference 18/195) attached



The Cabinet considered a report by the Director (RB) (Reference 18/195) in respect of the Tour de Yorkshire 2019.  Members were advised that the 2018 Tour De Yorkshire was the fourth time that the Borough had been showcased as part of the event, broadcast in 190 countries and with estimated viewing figures of 12.5 million people in 1270 hours of TV coverage and 4290 separate items of press coverage across the world.  The economic benefit to the Borough was estimated at over £11 ½ million in revenue to businesses and the tourist economy that supported around 17,000 jobs and attracted over £500 million to the local economy.  Local community group participation was also notable at this year’s event, for example, the Big Bike Beat Band project, the decoration of Filey, Filey School and Folk Festival themed events, and the Pindar School/McCain arts project.  Updating the report, the Director, Mr Bradley advised that the Women’s Race would now be held on 3 and 4 May 2019.  He also commended the considerable behind the scenes support by Council services which made the event possible.  The Cabinet was recommended to approve the Council’s expression of interest with Welcome to Yorkshire in being a host for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, with final acceptance of any successful offer being subject to full Council approving the maximum budget identified within the report.  Members welcomed the report, noting the expense of the event, but also the invaluable exposure it gave to the Borough and the boost to the visitor economy. 

RESOLVED that the Cabinet:

1.    Notes the benefits of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire event to the region and local economy;

2.    Approves that the Council expresses an interest with Welcome to Yorkshire in being a host city / town for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, with the final acceptance of any successful offer being subject to Full Council approving recommendation 3 below; and

3.    Recommends that the Council approves a maximum budget of £150,000 for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, to be funded from anticipated underspends on the 2018/19 budget.  Should a surplus not be generated then the cost would need to be funded from the Council’s General Fund Balance.



To seek members approval for the Council to put forward an expression of interest to Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for Scarborough to be a “Host city/town” for the Tour De Yorkshire in 2019.  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 2019 race will take place from 2nd to 5th May. The route will be determined once Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO have looked at the potential host towns and routes.  The 2018 Stage 3 route started in Richmond and finished in Scarborough.


The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are seeking a financial contribution from the Council to take part in the 2019 event.  There will be additional expenditure required to deliver appropriate infrastructure and support for the day itself.  Based on the cost of the 2018 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 2018.


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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