EDDC watchdog calls for ‘independent’ Knowle survey

14:58 31 January 2014

The EDDC offices at Knowle in Sidmouth as it is today. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The EDDC offices at Knowle in Sidmouth as it is today. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

A DISTRICT council watchdog has called for ‘independent’ professionals to carry out a survey of Knowle over concerns about the amount of money being spent on the authority’s relocation project.

Overview and scrutiny committee members last night agreed to make the recommendation to cabinet.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has decided to leave Sidmouth – saying Knowle is not ‘fit for purpose’.

But concerns over the £800,000 of tax-payers’ cash already spent or budgeted on the project prompted calls for a re-think.

Councillors called for evidence to back-up the main argument that is driving the argument for a purpose-built new HQ elsewhere.

Councillor Claire Wright told committee colleagues at last night’s meeting: “It does feel to me as though the council made a decision to go and its getting out of control. The finances are getting out of control. It’s very worrying.”

She said the council had a ‘huge PR problem’ and the public ‘don’t trust’ that Knowle is in a dilapidated state.

She called for an ‘independent person’ – a qualified engineer - to come in and carry out a survey of Knowle and suggested campaign group Save Our Sidmouth could be asked to pay for it.

EDDC’s deputy chief executive Richard Cohen pointed to a previous technical report by experts, commissioned by the authority, that showed £1.5 million would be needed to ‘do the basics’ at Knowle. This report is to be re-circulated to al councillors.

Committee members agreed by eight votes to none, with four abstentions, that a motion would go to cabinet recommending a professional survey of the building be carried out – not undertaken by EDDC.

The Sidmouth Herald was the only newpspaper at the talks and will publish a full account of the meeting in its next edition.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 09:25
Devon Freewheelers has extended its service to help South Western Ambulance Service and also Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Devon Freewheelers is celebrating rolling out its lifeline service to include delivering blood to on-scene emergency doctors.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Axminster Police Station. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Police appeal for information after Uplyme burglary

Read more
Friday, May 29, 2015
Honiton Triathlon is hoping to attract 100 people this year.

The event has set its sights on drawing in more than 100 competitors when it’s held on Sunday, July 26.

Read more
Friday, May 29, 2015
Charmouth Primary School pupils celebrate their  Ofsted ranking

Village primary praised by Ofsted inspectors for the quality of its teaching and pupils’ achievements

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The cause of the fire was accidental which resulted in the moderate fire damage to the living room area.

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cheers – pictured (l to r) are Dalwood shop chairman and secretary Kathy Laing and Shelagh Beak and vineyard co-op members Jo Hoskins, Les White, John Gostling and Dave Dower. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Village co-operative’s first sparkling wine wins top industry accolade

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Mr and Mrs Edward Underdown present a cheque for £900 to Anne Long on behalf of Action Duchenne.

Tractor Trundle organisers have thanked all those who took part or contributed.

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2015
PCSO Sam Slater

High visibility patrols planned for the town’s Underfleet car park

Read more
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Fashion show

Exmouth Players is hosting a fashion show in early June as a fundraiser to help refurbish the green room and kitchen at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth’s Bicton Street.

Read more
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Matt Fulls and Neal Fulls from Honiton Moshulu headquarters will be cycling for charity from John O'Groats to Land's End. Ref mhh 6516-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

In all, the team will be covering 2,000 miles.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder