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EDDC Cabinet to agree Knowle option at next week’s meeting.

East Devon District Council has been obliged to rethink its relocation ‘ambition’,  since its Development Management Committee (DMC) rejected Pegasus Life’s planning application for Knowle.  New options will be discussed and decided at Cabinet* next Wednesday (5th April, 2017, 5.30pm ), for consideration at a special Joint Overview, Scrutiny and Audit & Governance meeting (18th April,  6pm).

Public may attend and make audio or video recordings of the meetings, which will be held in Knowle Council Chamber.

SOS understands that one option for discussion is for a retrenched EDDC HQ in the modern parts of Knowle, plus the Chamber and Members’ Lounge. A second smaller office would be in the refurbished Exmouth Town Hall.

*Current Cabinet membership, as listed on EDDC website:

Iain Chubb, Conservative
Paul Diviani, Conservative – Leader of the council
Jill Elson, Conservative
Andrew Moulding, Conservative – Deputy leader of the council
Geoff Pook, Independent
Philip Skinner, Conservative
Ian Thomas, Conservative
Phil Twiss, Conservative
Eileen Wragg, Liberal Democrats
Tom Wright, Conservative

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All documents on relocation meetings to be revealed..suggesting a further new twist in EDDC’s plans.

In response to a request by Cllr Cathy Gardner (East Devon Alliance), Ward Member for Sidmouth Town, the relocation documents held back for so long, are now to be made public. In an e-mail dated 24th February 2017, EDDC’s Strategic Lead Officer (Governance and Licensing), Henry Gordon Lennox, has assured her that “the minutes of the relocation meetings (officer and executive group) plus any related reports will be available to view within the Members folders within a week or so.”

This conversion to transparency naturally gives rise to speculation about the options that the District Council Leadership are now contemplating.

Some relevant thoughts are noted here:


Knowle relocation saga…keeping an eye on process, and true costs

Freedom Of Information (FOI)requests, the work of vigilant EDDC councillors, thorough research, and publicity, are crucial elements in holding the Relocation Team to account. They continue apace, as long as questions remain unanswered.

Update here includes latest FOI requests: