Island Olympic Torch Relay costs detailed

If you were wondering how much the Torch Relay coming to the Island had cost the council, here are the details.

A Freedom of Information Act request seeking details of Isle of Wight council costs associated with the Olympic Torch Relay on the Island has been revealed today.

Juliet Ferguson had asked for “a breakdown of the costs such as extra pay for staff, extra cost of policing, road closures, branded bunting and other associated costs.”

In addition, she also asked whether any income had been earned from parking, selling advertising space etc on the route of the Torch Relay.

Breakdown of costs
The figures would appear reasonable to many. It’s worth noting that they do not cover the costs of Policing which Hampshire Constabulary are responsible for.

Item Cost
Traffic management (barriers, rolling road closures, etc) £7,505.75
Torch Relay community packs (for local areas including bunting, etc). Obtained through Locog £1,754.00
Security £1,173.00
Additional street and toilet cleaning £498.40
Park and Ride £420.00
Additional hi-vis jackets for stewards £330.00
Total £11,681.15

Income generated
The revenue from parking charges in the areas the Torch Relay visited (Yarmouth, Newport and East Cowes) didn’t seem to vary too much from the weekend before or weekend afterwards, falling in between the two

Saturday 7 July £5,017.55
Torch Relay – Saturday 14 July £4,885.45
Saturday 21 July £4,389.20

The council advised that thee was no income from advertising as the event was sponsor-protected by Locog.

Tuesday, 11th September, 2012 1:45pm



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Mrs Positive

And fantastic it was. Well done to the IOWC a very special event


Gosh Mrs Positive, on the old VB website your comment would have been drowned out by all the anti Council comments!!

Food for Thought
Yes Mrs Positive it was a great event and we were lucky to be able to stage it as at one point the flame was not going to come here at all. Why? I am sure Cath will tell you that it was because the IWC failed to show any interest in the event, did not register an interest or attend any meetings. It was only after… Read more »