The Conservative group have steadfastly ignored the very public arguments from residents and the non Conservative group of Councillors not to sell off the Knowle, and certainly not to make a formal decision to do so this side of the District Council elections on 7 May.
Zorro suspects that Council Leader Paul Diviani and his coterie of Conservative Councillors realise that they will suffer a significant political cull on 7 May and have arrogantly decided to ensure that one of their last collective acts will be to flout public opinion and vote tonight to offload the Knowle site.
Tonight’s Extra Ordinary meeting of the Council has on its agenda a single agenda item for consideration “Office Relocation”. Under this item the Council is asked to approve sets of recommendations, which all amount to the sale of the Knowle site and the relocation of the Council to both Honiton and Exmouth. The sets of recommendations arise out of the Cabinet meeting held on 11 March and the joint meetings of the Audit & Governance Committee and the Overview & Scrutiny Committee held on 12 March.
Tonight’s Council agenda is here –http://sites.google.com/site/realzorro1/25.3.15EDDCAgenda.pdf
The minutes of the joint meetings of the Audit & Governance Committee and the Overview & Scrutiny Committee are here –http://sites.google.com/site/realzorro1/12.3.15EDDCA&GO&SCommitteesMinutes.pdf
If as everyone expects will happen the Conservative battalions are brought into fall in line with the decisions that the Conservative controlled Cabinet, the Audit & Governance Committee and the Overview & Scrutiny Committee have already made, these will fly in the face of significant public opposition. Hence one of the reasons why East Devon Alliance http://www.eastdevonalliance.org.uk/ has determined to challenge the Conservatives at the polls on election day.
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