Councillor criticises spending on bike ride
A councillor has criticised his local authority for sanctioning the spending of tens of thousands of pounds on a bike ride.
Conservative councillor Martyn Levitt hit out at the Tory-led Welwyn Hatfield Council for spending £50,000 on The Women's Tour, reports the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
Cllr Levitt explained that he had been informed there was no money in the budget for litter bins.
"I'm told we don't have money. But we have money to fritter away on this," he said.
The spending on the bike ride was defended by the council's leader John Dean, who has said sponsorship will be used to cover the investment by the local authority.
But Cllr Levitt, who is himself a keen cyclist, stated that he doubts this will happen due to the lack of profile for women's cycling in the area.
The councillor – who is stepping down at the May local elections – said he does not believe the bike ride "is giving good value for people who are paying council tax".
The Women's Tour takes place in May, from the 7th to the 11th, over five stages in the east of England, beginning in Oundle and ending in Bury St Edmunds.