Harrogate Borough Council have committed £250,000 of public money to host a finish stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.
The spend is made up of £100,000 as event hosting fee to the organiser and £150,000 for event management costs.
The Harrogate Informer has spent a number of weeks seeking clarification on the spend, but failed to gain any clarity.
We have asked requested a copy of a business and it has not been forthcoming.
Following the return of a Freedom of Information Request, HBC confirmed that there was not a business case in place and that justification for the spend was based upon the Tour de France.
The Tour de France received a very mixed response from many Harrogate Businesses, with one large retailer reporting a loss of trade of over £10,000 for what would have been expected.
Additionally, although the event is on the 29 April 2017, Harrogate Borough Council are unwilling to provide any information on the the finish-line entertainments. Although it is believed to be of a similar style to the Tour de France finish, nothing has been released.
For £1/4 million spend most businesses would put a business case together, but that is not the case here.
We have actively tried to work with the Council to gain a greater understanding around the event but this has been received with resistance.
We will endeavour to seek further clarity on how your money will be spent.