Event only took £12,000 in ticket sales
The York Council has finally revealed that it lost an astonishing £187,000 on the concert that it staged at the Huntington Stadium on 4th July.
It spent £82,000 on artists fees and £94,000 on “infrastructure costs”
An “event management fee” of £18,000 was also spent
The Council went to extraordinary lengths to try to hide the scale of the failure with several Freedom of Information requests knocked back on largely spurious grounds and others still outstanding
With Labour now having lost their majority, officials have been ordered to reveal the full figures.
The mistakes will lead to renewed calls for the Cllr Crisp – who is responsible for Leisure activities – to resign.
She had been awarded a “medal” for her work on the event.
The costs given to leading Councillors were:
NB. The Labour Cabinet on 1st October 2013 set a budget for the Tour de France of £1,664k, to cover the cost of the event, funded from a variety of sources.
The outturn shows that the final cost of the event totalled £1,827k. In addition there was an up front payment of a “hosting fee”.
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Cllr Keith Aspden, Lib Dem Group Leader commented:
“There are serious questions to be asked as to how the council lost money on the Tour De France. The botched camping plans and the last-minute decision to hold a concert at Huntington Stadium have lost taxpayers £33,000 and £187,000 respectively.
“The Liberal Democrats argued all along that Labour needed to produce a proper public business case backed-up with detailed financial plans for these events. Instead Labour shrouded the plans in secrecy and took decisions behind-closed-doors without proper public involvement or opposition councillor scrutiny.
“Given this, it is unsurprising that these council organised events have lost money and will now worryingly hit the communities and neighbourhoods budget by £60,000.
“Despite the mistakes made by the Labour run council, I am pleased that overall the Tour De France has had a positive impact on York businesses and the wider Yorkshire economy.”