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EXCLUSIVE: York Could Face £800,000 Bill for Tour de Yorkshire


2:10pm 5th November 2014

York could face a bill of up to £800,000 to play a role in the follow up event to this summer's Tour de France.

The Tour de Yorkshire is set to be an annual cycle race which will change it's route around Yorkshire every year.

Minster FM understands staff at York Council are working on a bid for the city to take part and the authority has confirmed that the costs will be between £600,000 and £800,000. The council says the figures come from confidential notes with more details to follow at the end of the month, ahead of an official report to the council's cabinet in December.

The possible £800,000 bill has led to concerns from opposition councillors, who say any event must be value for money for York's taxpayers.

Opposition Conservative leader Chris Steward tells Minster FM it must be value for money:

While opposition Deputy Lib Dem leader Ann Reid says serious questions will now be asked about the possible costs of the event.

It's hoped the Tour de Yorkshire could provide a benefit to the city's economy. Economic estimates from the Tour de France this summer, suggest the Yorkshire region may have benefited by as much as £150 million from hosting the event.

When talking about the benefits of the Tour de France yesterday, Labour Cabinet Member Sonja Crisp said:

"Overall the event was a huge success and Labour being prepared to invest this money to support local business and a cycling legacy for York we feel was the right decision for the city.  The economic impact was significant and that must be taken into account in assessing the success of bringing the Tour De France to York”.

Welcome to Yorkshire is set to announce the route of the first Tour de Yorkshire early in the New Year.

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