THE amount of money Ribble Valley Borough Council is stumping up to help host the second stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain has been increased to £125,000.

An emergency council committee met behind closed doors earlier this month and voted to increase the budget from £90,000.


Earlier this year Pendle Council, which is jointly hosting the stage on Monday, increased their budget by 50 per cent to £100,000.

In a report to the council, a spokesman said: “The Emergency Committee considered a report of the director of community services seeking agreement to an increase in the budget allocation for the cost of hosting Stage Two of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain Cycle Race.

“The report explained the estimated costs relating to traffic management, stewarding and first aid to ensure the event passed successfully and safely through the Ribble Valley and had been assessed following a full route assessment. The final decision on the route, included significant changes along the A59.

“The result of this assessment identified an increased budgetary requirement of £35,000.

“This would increase the budget to £125,000.”