When Harrogate hosted the Tour de France in 2014 we were told that it would really put us on the map.
Judging by Coun Cooper’s recent statements this was not the case, otherwise how else can he justify the need for a massive increase in spending on tourism promotion?
In 2015 Welcome to Yorkshire, the regional tourism agency, reported a financial shortfall of £1million because of unsold Tour de France merchandise. Did Harrogate contribute funds to plug this obscene deficit?
When CounCooper said the Tour gave a boost of £163 million to the regional economy, was he quoting figures supplied by Welcome to Yorkshire? Was the £163 million figure ever the subject of an independent audit?
Hosting the Grand Depart cost Harrogate a great deal of money. Coun Cooper should tell us his best estimate as to just how much was spent.
As both the borough and the county councils were involved, the total may be quite a surprise.
Governing by bread and circuses may have worked for the Romans but this is no strategy for managing Harrogate.
We are a wealthy community and I would like to see a real effort made to boost our local spending on social care for the less well off.
Rossett Green Lane, Harrogate