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No Money For Welcome to Yorkshire From East Riding of Yorkshire Council

No Money For Welcome to Yorkshire From East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 8:28am 26th June 2020.

East Riding Council will not give any more money to Yorkshire’s tourism board after councils were urged to help cover a funding shortfall.

The council said it did not intend to make any further payments to the body after its chair Peter Box wrote to Yorkshire local authorities appealing for aid.

East Riding Council and Hull City Council were asked to come up with £100,000 between them.

Welcome to Yorkshire has asked for a total of £1.4m from councils across the county to help meet funding gaps caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The tourism board met on Thursday to discuss its options and agreed to further talks to reach a solution.

Mr Box said there was “more work to do” before a way forward can be agreed.

A spokesperson for East Riding Council said it would continue to pay money it owed as part of its contract with Welcome to Yorkshire but not the additional funds requested.

Hull City Council has been contacted for comment.

The spokesperson said:

“East Riding of Yorkshire Council does not intend to make any additional funding payments to Welcome to Yorkshire beyond the stated contract and membership fee.

Welcome to Yorkshire has written to all the county’s local authorities to ask for further funding.

The council will fulfil its contractual obligations with Welcome to Yorkshire  and will also continue to pay its membership fee of around £19,000.”

East Riding Council currently has a three year contract with Welcome to Yorkshire to promote the area as a cycling destination.

The contract, now in its second year, will see the council pay the board £170,000, on top of its membership fee.

The council said the contract in part covered the promotion of the Tour de Yorkshire, cancelled this due to coronavirus.

Mr Box said responses received from councils so far were “encouraging” but added further talks would have to take place.

Mr Box said:

“There’s more work to do before we can agree a way ahead. We will continue to talk to council leaders about financial support and the options that flow from that.

The response we’ve had from leaders over the past few weeks has been encouraging and we were able to have a constructive discussion at this afternoon’s Extraordinary Board Meeting.

We will have further talks before we plot a way forward.

I’m grateful for the support we’ve already had from council leaders, and others, across Yorkshire.

If we are going to deliver a successful economic and social recovery from the pandemic, tourism will have to play a crucial role in that.

Without a thriving tourism industry, there won’t be the kind of recovery we all want to see in Yorkshire.”

The tourism sector in Yorkshire is worth around £9bn a year and the industry employs almost 225,000 people.

Comments

There are 3 comments on this page.

yorkshireboy, on 26th June 2020 2:14pm
Well done ERYCC.

Will SBC please do the same
Chippy33, on 26th June 2020 3:49pm
Perhaps Sir Gary Verity could be asked to chip in a few quid!!
Barra, on 28th June 2020 9:15pm
They don’t deserve any more money, they will have to do what we all have to do, tighten our purse strings.

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