Tour de Yorkshire money will be spent on community events

Richmondshire District Council has agreed that £100,000 of the money it has set aside for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire should be spent on boosting festivals and community events to mark the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen.

All of the main authority members except one, who must set his final budget before a single North Yorkshire local authority is formed, have agreed to recommend to a full council meeting on December 7 to continue using the funding for events that bring visitors to the area.

However, the authority’s board fell into a stalemate after hearing almost as many views as members on how the funding should be distributed, with calls including the 54 parish and town councils across the country. district should benefit.

Council leader Councilor Angie Dale said the unexpected windfall from the cancellation of next year’s Tour de Yorkshire should benefit the whole of Richmondshire “rather than just the cycle route, this which is generally what has happened in the past”.

Members were told around £200,000 of the £305,000 allocated amid controversy to stage the Tour de Yorkshire had already been agreed and that a Yorkshire-wide festival should be invested in specific community projects or activities.

They have expressed support for using some of the remaining money to provide grants of up to £5,000 for large-scale events such as the Dales Dark Skies Festival, Richmond Christmas Market or Mid-Summer Bash in Hawes because they benefited the local economy and promoted the community. mobilization and participation.

They also backed a plan to offer communities funding to hold street parties or produce commemorative items to mark the Jubilee, to see communities across the district come together during an extended public holiday from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 next year.

However Councilor Richard Ormston wondered if any of the events would depend on a grant from the District Council. He said: “I would prefer the £100,000 to go towards our budget deficit of £408,0000 for next year.”

When asked if funding was the only ‘bite of the cherry’ to support the Jubilee events, council finance director Sian Moore said: “It’s definitely something we’ll have to consider in the context of the overall budget. There are reserves there. You need to prioritize what you use your reserves on.

Nonetheless, Councilor Richard Good said discussions were already underway in many parishes about holding events to mark the jubilee and any offers of funding would be welcomed.

Councilor Helen Grant added: “I think it’s important that we show people that we’re all open for business, we’re all ready to celebrate our uniqueness, and hosting events big and small will make that clear.”

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