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!"