EDDC to ‘fully explore all the options available’ for its relocation

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 August 2013

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Land agents called up to put forward potential sites.

East Devon District Council says it is keen to ‘fully explore all the options available’ when selecting a new location for its offices.

It has called upon local and regional land agents to put forward proposals on potential sites.

The council has explored sites in Honiton and Cranbrook.

Council leader, Paul Diviani, said: “We are keen to make sure we have fully explored all the options available. At our stakeholder event on July 26 we heard suggestions about a number of other places that the council might move to and we were clear that we would consider all the options and weigh up the pros and cons before coming to a shortlist.

“Equally, the council is also going to look at how it can be even more accessible to residents and businesses across the district. The relocation of its HQ is part of the council’s work to provide outstanding services to all. Most of our customers prefer to contact us by phone and increasingly online. We will not only be moving office but changing the ways we work to increase access to the council and strengthen our availability in our towns across the district in line with local needs and expectations.”

As part of the management process of the office relocation, an executive group consisting of selected cabinet members, senior officers and the project manager has been set up to keep track of the details of the project and ensure a firm grip is kept on costs.

The executive group will review the details for all site options, which will be examined in detail before the preferred options will be put before the cabinet.


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