Scarborough could host next year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race if councillors agree to fork out £135,000 towards the cost.
The borough council has just over a week to decide whether to accept an offer from Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation to be a “host city”.
This would mean the town would be the starting location for racing on one day of the tour, with a proposal put forward to start on the Foreshore Road.
The final route has not yet been confirmed but a start in Scarborough is proposed for day two. This would be Saturday, May 2, with the following Monday being a Bank Holiday.
Organisers are seeking a financial contribution from the council to take part and there would also be additional money required to deliver appropriate infrastructure and support for the day at an estimated total cost of £135,000.
In order to meet the timescales necessary to implement the project, the authority must commit to hosting the race by December 22 or the opportunity will be lost.
In a report, which will go before cabinet members next Wednesday, Andy Skelton, director of service delivery, said: “In terms of benefits to the borough, it is difficult to quantify these in terms of a financial value. Comparisons can be drawn with Armed Forces Day which delivers an estimated induced economic input to the area of £770,000. The key factors as suggested by Welcome to Yorkshire are up to 900,000 additional spectators over the three-day event and television coverage on terrestrial TV and across Europe. In addition, there is the opportunity to showcase the area as a destination and add to the growing enthusiasm and participation in the sport of cycling in the UK. These benefits are likely to exceed by some margin the cost of £135,000 to the borough council.”
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