Wakefield’s Cabinet agree to express an interest in hosting Tour de Yorkshire 2017

​Date: 14/06/2016

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Senior councillors have discussed next year's Tour de Yorkshire at Wakefield Council's Cabinet meeting held today (June 14).

Cabinet Members debated the benefits and challenges of Wakefield hosting the internationally acclaimed event, as part of the district's annual events programme.

As a result, Councillors decided that Wakefield Council will express an interest in hosting either a start or finish in 2017.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "To host a start or finish of the Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastic opportunity for the whole district and it was clear today that my Cabinet colleagues share this belief.

"Thousands of people in the district have enjoyed the event in previous years, and I would like to see us build on that success in 2017.

"Of course we recognise that there are costs involved, however, I am confident that it is a good investment for the district. If we are successfully chosen to host a start or finish, we will be working closely with local businesses to encourage them to get involved and attract as many visitors as possible to the district."

When Wakefield Council hosted the start in 2015, funding was provided by Leeds City Regeneration Business Rates Pool, however, it is not expected the fund would be available again in 2017.

The actual hosting cost for a start or a finish is expected to be around £100,000, with an overall cost of hosting a start estimated to be £250,000, or an estimated overall cost of £300,000 for hosting a finish.