Of course the full Council meeting on 25 March makes the ultimate decision but Zorro struggles to see how at that meeting the Conservative majority group Councillors will suddenly wake up and have grown some backbone and oppose any Cabinet recommendation to sell the Knowle. So, therefore to all intents and purposes this Cabinet meeting is the key date for anyone interested in the future of the Knowle.
|EDDC Headquarters, the Knowle. Its future seems doomed.|
|EDDC Leader Clr Diviani. He wants to sell off the Knowle.|
|Pegasus Life. It wants to buy the Knowle.|
The Cabinet agenda is here – http://sites.google.com/site/realzorro1/11.3.15EDDCCabinetAgenda.pdf
The papers relating to the relocation are in three parts and cover pages 39 to 137 of the various documents attached to the agenda. Zorro has only captured the papers that specifically relate to the relocation issue. For reference pages numbered 81 to 89 inclusive are duplicates of what appear in pages 64 to 72 inclusive.
Relocation document 1 – is the Council’s report on the relocation and it is clear that the sale of the Knowle and relocating to Exmouth and Honiton is what the Cabinet members are expected to agree to. Interestingly, in the very final section (8.2) of this report it says “This is a significant and sensitive decision for the Council to take. EDDC is not a Council that shies away from major decisions....”
The report is therefore concluding that despite all of the opposition from electors and many Councillors to the sale and the relocation, that the Cabinet should press on regardless!
Document 1 is here -http://sites.google.com/site/realzorro1/11.3.15EDDCCabinetAgendaRelocation1.pdf
Document 2 is a relocation audit undertaken by South West Partnership Audit (SWAP) and you can read it here -http://sites.google.com/site/realzorro1/11.3.15EDDCCabinetAgendaRelocation2.pdf
It is worth noting that SWAP is an organisation that is run by and for a number of local authorities, including East Devon District Council! So, that’s handy then!
Document 3 is entitled “Financial Model services for the Council’s office relocation project and benchmarking exercise of cost assumptions” and it was prepared by financial accountants Grant Thornton. This document is here –