Gloucestershire County Council could lose thousands of pounds after Tour of Britain cancellation

10/09/2021 - Tour of Britain stage 6 - Photography Hub Ltd
The sixth stage of the Tour of Britian was set to take place in Gloucestershire this year but was cancelled after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Photography Hub Ltd

Gloucestershire county may not get a refund for the cancelled Tour of Britain stage which was planned to take place in the region.

The race was set to go ahead on September 9 but was cancelled after the death of Queen Elizabeth II the day before.

The sixth stage of the eight-stage bike race was planned to set off from Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester this afternoon.

Other parts of the route would have included Winchcombe, Cirencester, Tetbury and Dursley.

Organisers said the cancellation was due to operational reasons and ITV race commentator Ned Boulting said he understood this was because police officers needed for duty in the capital.

A freedom of information request revealed it has cost Gloucestershire County Council £175,000 to host the Tour of Britain events this year.

This does not include policing costs or road closures and the council says any refund for the cancellation will be subject to negotiations.

The council declined to comment on the specific cost for hosting stage six of the men’s tour. 

But officials did say the issue of whether they are refunded will involve negotiations with Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot Group.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire County Council said: “This is a very rare and sad situation and the issue is now subject to contractual negotiations between the parties involved.

"We are unable to comment further at this time.”

Credit: Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter