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Lib Dem concerns over Tour De France costs
8:55am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
CITY of York Council politicians have been criticised for a lack of transparency over how much hosting the Tour De France will cost York residents.
The Liberal Democrats said the Labour-run council’s commitment to hosting next year’s Grand Départ is scheduled to cost York taxpayers around £1.3 million with speculation that these costs will increase when full details of the route are announced next week.
The party has asked for a full business case for investment including details of the money already committed and expected future costs.
Coun Keith Aspden, leader of the council’s Liberal-Democrat group, said: “All 22 Labour Councillors present voted against providing a business case last week. Residents have a right to know what the council expects to spend and where the money will come from.”
However, Labour said comparisons made by the Lib Dems to spending having to be made in Leeds was misleading.
Coun Sonja Crisp said: “Liberal Democrats appear unhappy with the Tour De France coming to York, and would be happier if York had declined to be involved, reflecting their lack of ambition for the city.
"The money allocated is an investment in York businesses, York jobs and in a cycling legacy for the city and we are proud to be playing our part in such a major global sporting event.”
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