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Inquiry of York's Tour de France Events To Take Place

York Council 010513

8:16pm 19th November 2014

A review will take place into events which were put on as part of the Tour de France in York.

It will examine the Grand Departy concert, which made a £187,000 loss, as well as the abandoned plans for campsites, which made a £33,000 loss, and the Spectator Hubs which cost £33,000. It is not known if the Spectator Hubs were over or under budget.

Councillors on York Council's Learning & Culture Scrutiny Committee voted in favour by four votes to two against. Green councillor Dave Taylor, Lib Dem Ann Reid, Conservative Jenny Brooks and Independent Sian Wiseman all voted for a review. Labour councillors Gerard Hodgson and Fiona Fitzpatrick voted against, arguing any inquiry should not take place until a report into the Tour de France is published in December.

Lib Dem Ian Cuthbertson said a review was needed, especially if York was to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire. He said:

“An inquiry is needed to get to the heart of what went wrong and explain how and why the Grand Departy concert alone lost £187,000 while the ‘Events and Festivals’ programme lost £252,000 overall. It will also allow councillors to investigate how the concert was allowed to go ahead when basic safety measures do not appear to have been in place."

“Until these budget and safety issues are properly addressed many people will have little faith in the council to successfully run any large-scale cultural event.

Earlier, Sally Burns, the council director who oversaw the Tour de France, told councillors that overall the Tour de France had been a success but that the Grand Departy did not do well.

She added that the Grand Departy had originally been forecast to make a profit of around £40,000 but that it's purpose was not to make money but provide an event for families to spread Tour de France traffic over several days.

We don't know exactly when the review will begin but it is expected to be completed in the Spring.

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