Tory rebel: ‘Women’s bike race is a waste of taxpayers’ cash’

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 February 2014

The first ever Women's Tour of Britain

The first ever Women's Tour of Britain

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Taxpayers’ cash is being “frittered away” on a women’s cycle race by the borough, a Conservative has claimed.

"We have money to fritter away on this"

Councillor Martyn Levitt

WGC councillor Martyn Levitt has hit out at Tory-controlled Welwyn Hatfield Council’s £50,000 investment in The Women’s Tour’s penultimate leg on May 10.

He told the WHT: “When I have been a councillor for Haldens [WGC] I have wanted to get litter bins and I can’t get litter bins, I’m told we don’t have money.

“But we have money to fritter away on this.”

Cllr Levitt – who is stepping down as a Tory councillor for May’s election – does not think “it is giving good value for people who are paying council tax”.

And the keen cyclist does not believe the event will promote the sport in the borough.

“The Tour of Britain had Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, household names,” said the financial director.

“It got very little television coverage, what hope is there [the women’s tour] will raise £50,000?

“[Council leader] John Dean has said they will get sponsorship, I don’t think they will, if they thought they would it would be referred to in the budget.”

The cycle tour looks set to feature Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott, who started her career at Gosling Stadium in WGC.

WGC will host the finish line for the penultimate leg, which starts in Cheshunt.

Was it right for the borough council to host the race? Could money be better spent? Email letters@whtimes.co.uk


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