The UCI’s insurers may pay out for damage to a Harrogate park, but have ruled out paying compensation to Harrogate businesses who claim they were negatively impacted by this year’s Road World Championships.
The UCI Road World Championships took place in Harrogate between September 22 and 29 and huge crowds, heavy flooding and heavy goods vehicles resulted in significant damage to local park, The Stray.
Judy d'Arcy Thompson, chair of the Stray Defence Association, said: "Everyone looking at it can see the absolute tragedy that's occurred. It looks like a battlefield, quite frankly."
D’Arcy Thompson said the organisation was not against the Stray being used for major events but said the World Championships had been an "event too far".
"It's a superb free sports arena and so many people use it. To see it like this is devastating and I don't know how all those who normally use it will be able to use it for a long time to come."
Speaking last week, a spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council said: "Without minimising what needs to be done, the ground can recover quickly and faster than many would expect.”
However, the Conservative leader of the council, Richard Cooper, has since said that he has been working with Yorkshire 2019, who organised the event, to see if it had "any leverage with their insurers" to help fund recovery work.
"Let's not deny acknowledging the amount of rain we got was extraordinary,” he told the BBC. "Hopefully the insurance company will accept it was out of the ordinary.”
Yorkshire 2019 has however ruled out providing financial compensation to businesses who claim they were negatively impacted.
The Harrogate Advertiser reports that at a meeting of local businesses last week several claimed to have been treated as "collateral damage" during the World Championships.
"We’re sorry if some businesses have reported a reduction in trade during the UCI Road World Championships, but we’re not in the position to offer compensation,” said a Yorkshire 2019 spokesperson.
"We liaised extensively with businesses in the three years leading up to the championships to ensure they had the opportunity to mitigate against any impact on trade, and equally capitalise on the opportunity.
"We’re delighted that many businesses were able to do that, and experience the positive benefits that the championships brought about."