EDDC watchdog calls for ‘independent’ Knowle survey
EDDC watchdog calls for ‘independent’ Knowle survey - News - Sidmouth Herald
Council watchdog shows its teeth, over ballooning costs of the Knowle move | Sidmouth Independent News
Knowle relocation….an informed decision? | Sidmouth Independent News
“The lemming method of management ” for Knowle relocation | Save Our Sidmouth
Here are a couple of Freedom of Information requests on the subject:
Costs of relocating EDDC HQ vs refurbishing Knowle - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
Correspondence with potential Knowle developers - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
The District Council's cabinet is to meet in secret next Wednesday to discuss the next moves in its relocation project:
Home - Sidmouth Herald
A comment at independent Councillor Claire Wright's blog this evening:
At 07:12 pm on 31th Jan Conrad Black wrote:
So it is a race against time? The EDDC meats in secret to push forward its proposal to leave the Knowle, as it has made clear - by any means possible. That usually means regardless of the actual costs. And the result will be a triumph no matter how disastrous for the council tax payers.
By next year, according to the information they have published, at least £1 million will have been spent without us having anything to show for it. For not a lot more, according to Richard Cohen, we would have had a basically refurbished Knowle - and that on a project that is easily managed and very low risk.
So there we have it - EDDC want a high risk high cost project because it will move the Knowle to Honiton (I don’t believe the supposed ‘competition’) and the District will be in debt by £4.5 million. EDDCwill be forced to ‘give away’ the Knowle site because the developers know they don’t need to hurry to purchase - the price will come down as an increasingly desparate Council will sell off at any price.
Oh, by the way, it is not possible to budget £200k in a capital account without having a very specific thing or things to purchase. It is not a ‘oh I might need it’ account. It has to be highly specific. Or is this to try and disguise interest payments on a capital acquisition - which have to go to revenue, not capital. Something to do with virement of budget the auditors tell me.
What do you prefer: substantial or reasonable assurances that our council is following proper procedures? | Sidmouth Independent News
SWAT-South West Audit Travesty | Sidmouth Independent News
What exactly are 'the figures'?
Astounding figures re Knowle relocation | Sidmouth Independent News
And how 'transparent' are they?
Knowle and Staff Wishes - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
Futures Forum: Costs of relocating District Council offices vs costs of refurbishing Knowle
Futures Forum: District Council: Knowle relocation: "EDDC closes in on new office site": more reports in the press
Futures Forum: District Council: Knowle relocation.... EDDC Office Accommodation Stakeholder Event... Friday 8th November: first report
Futures Forum: Knowle: relocation... costs of borrowing......................? Another presentation to be given to 'stakeholders'................. And another ‘confidential briefing for councillors’
Futures Forum: Knowle: relocation... costs of borrowing...?
Futures Forum: Knowle: Freedom of Information requests: Relocation Working Parties: latest response from District Council
Futures Forum: Knowle: Freedom of Information requests: Relocation Working Parties
Futures Forum: Knowle plans: expense
Futures Forum: Knowle: old bricks vs new build: embodied carbon: letter
Futures Forum: Knowle: moving and improving
Futures Forum: Probity, accountability and transparency