Derby's planned velodrome becomes political football

Defeated Tory leader of Derby council says it's now up to victorious Labour to sign-off on plans for £28m velodrome
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BBC Derby's political reporter Chris Doidge has this morning reported that the previous leader of Derby council won't sign off on ambitious plans for a velodrome and mult-sports arena in Derby. The Tory leader of a Conservative/LibDem coalition council has said it's up to the new administration to give the final go-ahead for the velodrome.

Labour took control of the council after trouncing the Con-Dem coalition at last week's local elections. Labour's Paul Bayliss is set to become the council leader at the council's annual meeting later this month.

Talking about the Con-Dem coalition council's championing of the velodrome, Labour's Martin Repton said: "I thought they were hellbent on getting it through...I'm curious as to why they're pulling away."

Contractors for the velodrome are due to be appointed soon and a decision on whether the building will get the go-ahead from Labour is expected soon.

Local cycle group Cycle Derby tweeted their frustration about the potential delay:

"Can you believe the creation of the Multi Sports Arena is in question? I'm staggered!"

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