UKIP criticises council's plans to welcome Tour de France

A row has broken out among Cambridgeshire county councillors over plans to celebrate the Tour De France.

The authority has £20,000 available to mark the arrival of the well-known cycling race to the county.

UKIP says it is a bad move when frontline services are being axed.

Paul Bullen, UKIP group leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "It is a commercial enterprise. It's coming to Cambridge, and that's brilliant, but the people have the choice as to whether they attend that event."

But supporters say the cash comes from existing funds.

County council leader Martin Curtis said: "What we've done is take a one-off little pot of funding for community use and we've applied it to something that's a big celebration for Cambridgeshire."