Sport Minister Hugh Robertson: No more money for Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ

£10 million "very generous" compared to other events

by John Stevenson   September 25, 2013  

Hugh Robertson (CC licensed image by DCMS)

Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has repeated that the government will not fund next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire beyond the £10 million already pledged to support the event.

The BBC reports that while visiting Yorkshire on Tuesday, Mr Robertson said that the allocation of funding was “a very generous grant” compared to other events.

However, Yorkshire police bosses have complained that organisers do not appear to have properly assessed the cost of supervising the two days of racing in Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan says her force could face a £1 million shortfall in policing the race.

Mr Robertson said: "If you look at the money given to comparable events such as the Rugby League World Cup, that's about half-a-million pounds, £10m is a very generous grant from central government that will enable Yorkshire to run an absolutely fantastic event next year.

"I'm confident that everybody here is focused on delivering a fantastic event for the county for cycling and for this country's sporting reputation."

Event co-ordinator TDF 2014 Ltd said it was in talks with police forces.

Tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Gary Verity, said: "In just over nine months' time the world's leading cyclists will be lining up in Leeds for the start of what will undoubtedly be one of the proudest moments in Yorkshire's sporting history.

"We expect millions of people to be lining the roadside creating an atmosphere not seen before in the UK.

"Yorkshire is proud to be playing such a pivotal part in this global sporting event, the county will be ready to welcome the world and to host an unforgettable Grand Départ."

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Mr Robertson said that the allocation of funding was “a very generous grant” compared to other events

Right, and how do 'other events' compare in size and prestige to the Tour de France.

The comparison with the Rugby League World Cup is fatuous, given that the organisers there are able to make money back from being able to sell tickets.

posted by dp24 [199 posts]
25th September 2013 - 9:59

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£10 million "very generous" compared to other events - remind me, what percentage of the Olympic spending is that?

Olympics - £10 billion - so they've given 0.1% of that for the Grand Depart.

Bargain!

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posted by PJ McNally [596 posts]
25th September 2013 - 10:02

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Sod the government. If they don't want to support the fastest growing sport in the country that's fine. Put the Grand Depart on Kickstarter, it'll raise £10 from every cyclist in the country.

I still want to know what the hell is going on in Essex because there's a whole third stage that no-one seems to have mentioned for about 9 months.

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posted by Gizmo_ [1162 posts]
25th September 2013 - 10:55

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£1 million shortfall? Suggesting that policing it costs in excess of £1 million?

Wow.

posted by bendertherobot [538 posts]
25th September 2013 - 10:57

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Comparing three stages of the TDF to the Olympics is a bit daft. One required a MASSIVE building project, while the other requires closing road, Police and some ‘oooh’ fireworks. £10 million quid is a lot.

posted by iamelectron [144 posts]
25th September 2013 - 11:00

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iamelectron wrote:
Comparing three stages of the TDF to the Olympics is a bit daft. One required a MASSIVE building project, while the other requires closing road, Police and some ‘oooh’ fireworks. £10 million quid is a lot.

This. The TdF is a significant event, but it uses existing infrastructure. If they can't do it for £10m over three days, then they need to find another way to finance it, without depending on central govt. funding!

posted by step-hent [714 posts]
25th September 2013 - 11:19

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A parallel often raised is the cost of policing away from football grounds, as clubs pay for the internal etc, but I supose North Yorkshire don't have that to worry about Smile

It shows a silo mentality and lack of partnership working , why can't Ms Mulligan and others look at the benefits to the community they serve and that their support might reflect well on their service

But I supose there is 'form' here , look what happend to the Tour of Britain in North Yorkshire!!

posted by langsett [32 posts]
25th September 2013 - 11:20

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I am glad the government have stood up to this, they should have had funding in place before they even entered a bid....like Edinburgh....just hand it over and Edinburgh will take care of it Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9312 posts]
25th September 2013 - 12:16

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Cent Government using invalid arguments to justify some press spin about being firm and resolute etc etc yawn yawn

Non of this will be remembered when the TdF leaves Yorkshire to head South next year.

Oh and if Edinburgh had won the bid no doubt the (untested and destined to remain theory) contingencies implied in their bid would also by now be being picked over by the sour grapes and metro-snob mob.

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posted by Sudor [184 posts]
25th September 2013 - 12:43

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How to turn something good into a political argument...... in one easy lesson Applause

I hope they're really proud of themslves!

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [285 posts]
25th September 2013 - 14:53

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iamelectron wrote:
Comparing three stages of the TDF to the Olympics is a bit daft.

That's exactly my point. The TdF is a bargain, the Olympics is... well, something else. Urban regeneration, maybe.

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posted by PJ McNally [596 posts]
25th September 2013 - 14:59

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Let's not forget, the police cost the Great British taxpayer a lot of money to basically do not a great deal on an annual basis, why would anyone think a 3 day sporting event would be cheap?

posted by Xrecymech [10 posts]
25th September 2013 - 17:46

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posted by bikeboy76 [1706 posts]
26th September 2013 - 0:49

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I've mentioned this before and it just shows the depth people go to to try and spoil the occasion.

When there is a large football match, demonstration, concert or whatever that requires added Police involement above what is normally on duty then the force in question, provided its well in advance cancels the rest days of those officers and they work for free getting a lieu day back to take at another time. It does not cost the force anything for overtime and the PCC is basically lying or, as most PCC's are concerned, doesn't know what they are doing.

A prime example of this was the Olympic torch, Our rest days were cancelled and it cost the force nothing.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

posted by stumps [3181 posts]
26th September 2013 - 12:10

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How exactly does a police stations policing costs far exceed 1 million pounds???

posted by jarredscycling [457 posts]
26th September 2013 - 17:16

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North Yorkshire Police despise cycle racing sadly - their hostility doesn't help matters.

posted by davethomas [4 posts]
27th September 2013 - 14:19

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