Back in July last year, it made this perfectly clear - although the notion of 'commercially sensitive' information 18 months on is still not clear and many of the 'decisions' made back then have changed somewhat.
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Back in February this year, it made several things clear - including the £15 million price tag for refurbishment:
However, the District Council has been unable to provide much detail as to how the '£15 million' figure was arrived at:
Futures Forum: Knowle: refurbishment vs redevelopment
EDDC Relocation..reality check?Last year I proposed that EDDC might refurbish the modern 1970s offices at Knowle, funded by selling the older buildings for conversion to flats (letters to all Councillors and to the Sidmouth Herald, July and August 2013).
I was told by Cllr Twiss that there was insufficient space for that. I then measured the newer buildings from plans provided by EDDC. I showed that there is 40% more modern floorspace than EDDC had claimed, and an area adequate for their needs – EDDC have never given us any factual counter-evidence.
I later found a publication by EDDC’s own consultants indicating that, typically, full refurbishment of the modern Knowle plus the council chamber should cost £2.0million-£3.3million to ‘remodel’ or £3.3million-£4.6million to gut and ‘renew’, not the £15million claimed by EDDC (the lower figures are still unchallenged by real, publicly released, EDDC data).
The only contribution I got to this debate from Council Leader Diviani was a two-word email (16 August 2013, copied to all Councillors): ‘Fuller’s Folly’.
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