Knowle relocation, and the proposed Sidford Fields Business Park (Local Plan) were the topics for an exchange of views between District Council representatives for the Sidmouth area, and the public packed into the hall on Tuesday evening (9th Dec). Of the seven Councillors invited by organisers, Sid Vale Association, only one was unable to attend due to another engagement.
The meeting was diplomatically chaired by SVA Chair, Alan Darrant, who requested that the tone of the evening’s discussion should reflect “light rather than heat”. Councillors Christine Drew, Sheila Kerridge, Frances Newth,Peter Sullivan and Chris Wale, were invited to speak first. The many questions from the floor included some from Richard Thurlow, on behalf of Save our Sidmouth, challenging the financial and energy saving basis of the office relocation project; and one from Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for East Devon, Councillor Claire Wright, about spiralling costs and secrecy of the relocation plan process.
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