Richmondshire communities on the route of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire can tap into a £15,000 cash pot set up by district councillors.
Members of the authority’s corporate board last night agreed to establish a community fund to help stage local events to celebrate the race coming through the district in May.
Richmond town will receive £5,000 of the pot, with the remaining £10,000 available for other towns and villages on the route – but there is a £2,000 limit for each of these applications.
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The District Council is footing the estimated £221,750 bill of bringing the cycle race to the district – it starts from Richmond on Saturday May 5.
That includes the £100,000 fee and other associated costs, such as barriers and stewarding. An event management company has also been appointed to focus on delivery of the race start and provide council officers with additional support.
“We were delighted when Welcome to Yorkshire awarded us a start for this year’s race,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.
“It is a huge honour for the district to play host to such a prestigious event – and not only do we play host to the riders on May 5, but we are also lucky enough to see them in the district on May 6.
“We will have the world’s cameras on us in May and we intend to make the best use of it – we want to stimulate as much positive attention as possible on our district as a place to visit.
“We know other host venues have seen a positive impact on their local economy in past years – and we aim to capitalise on our Tour in Richmondshire.”
The race starts in Richmond on May 5 and travels through Catterick and Leyburn before heading to a finish in Scarborough. Riders come back into the district the following day – May 6 – when they cycle race through Middleham and East Witton as part of the Halifax to Leeds route.
Information on the four day Tour de Yorkshire (May 3, 4, 5 and 6) and the community fund is available on richmondshire.gov.uk