Paignton velodrome to go ahead, Torbay Council Tax to be frozen
TORBAY Council has given the go-ahead to a plan for a £1.6million velodrome and other cycling facilities at Paignton's Clennon Valley.
The decision was taken during a full council meeting at which members also decided to freeze Council Tax for the coming year.
It was the first full council meeting to be held at Torquay's Riviera Centre after the closure of Oldway Mansion for redevelopment.
Councillors have agreed to support the cycling centre plan in principle. Now the project will have to seek funding, with British Cycling matching the money put in by developers.
The facilities will include a 400-metre open air banked track and a 1.5-kilometre training, racing and leisure track winding around the outside of the velodrome.
The country's best-known outdoor velodrome is at Herne Hill in South London, where the track measures 460 metres around. The nearest indoor boarded velodrome to South Devon is at Newport in South Wales, and it is hoped that the Clennon Valley development would bring in riders from all over the West Country.
Members of local cycling clubs and groups were in the chamber to hear the decision being made.
Among the other decisions to be made was to freeze Council Tax payments for the coming year.
You can follow the debate as it happened in the panel below.