What are your thoughts regarding the cost of the Olympic Torch relay passing through the Midlands? Was it too expensive in your area? Was the cost justified by your council?
Solihull Council kept the costs of hosting the Olympic Torch low by receiving donations "in kind."
A Freedom of Information Request has revealed the council received £2,500 worth of street cleaning from a local contractor.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has defended the decision to spend nearly £190,000 on hosting the Olympic Torch.
Paul Shotton, council cabinet member for finance, said: "Out of the 14 areas in the region visited by the torch, our city received the largest injection of cash from the events.
"The celebration was a once in-a-lifetime event, it was the opportunity to showcase Stoke-on-Trent in the best possible light to a national and international audience, and it was vitally important that the event was treated with the significance it deserved."
– Flick Rea, chairman of the Local Government Association's culture, tourism and sport board
The torch relay was a huge logistical challenge.
Without council efforts in managing thousands of road closures, recruiting a small army of volunteer marshals, setting up safety barriers and managing crowds, cleaning up after the cavalcade and handling a vast range of other issues, it simply wouldn't have happened.
The cost to each council could be affected by many things. Few, if any, meaningful conclusions can be drawn by comparing expenditure on an issue with so many variables.
Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information Request have revealed how a dress rehearsal was held in Leicester in April last year at a cost of £13,194 ahead of the city hosting the Olympic Torch.
You can find out how much your council spent here.
- Birmingham - £43,868.77
- Cambridgeshire - £50,784
- Coventry - £45,812.42
- Derby - £154,000
- Derbyshire - £7,780
- Dudley - £16,876.76
- Herefordshire - £31,000
- Leicester - £102,641.10
- Leicestershire - £29,606.15
- Lincolnshire - £42,344.74
- Northampton - £1,246.49
- Nottingham - Did not return information
- Nottinghamshire - £86,171
- Peterborough - £134,034
- Rutland - £2,000
- Sandwell - £41,274
- Shropshire - £11,951.18
- Solihull - £15,650
- Staffordshire - £33,557.82
- Stoke-on-Trent - £189,730
- Telford and Wrekin - £30,500.68
- Walsall - £24,893.96
- Warwickshire - £79,271
- Wolverhampton - £129,693.32
- Worcestershire - £10,482.73
Stoke-on-Trent City Council spent the most on covering the Olympic Torch in the Midlands.
The council spent £190,000 on hosting the Torch and says it was justified because it brought a boost to the local economy.
Northampton spent the least in the Midlands at just over £1,000.