Plans to celebrate the visit of some of the world’s top cyclists to Richmondshire have been given the go ahead.
Extra funding has been allocated to support the UCI Road World Championships in September – the junior men’s road race starts from Richmond Market Place on September 26. The championships return to the district three days later coming through the Dales on its final day in Yorkshire.
Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board agreed this week (July 9) to put another £37,000 into the budget - £69,000 had already been assigned to it.
They heard that there is a proposal from the North and West Yorkshire Business Rates Pilot to assist authorities hosting starts at the championships by providing funding of between £75,000 and £100,000 towards the costs they are incurring. If this is approved it would not require any funding from the council to be made available.
Plans for Richmondshire’s leg of the championships currently include lighting up iconic buildings with the UCI logo, creating a piece of land art and producing information for residents and visitors. An economic impact assessment of the district will also be undertaken to assess the benefit of being a host town and welcoming key elements of the routes.