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Defeated Tory leader of Derby council says it's now up to victorious Labour to sign-off on plans for £28m velodrome

Derby’s planned velodrome becomes political football

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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