Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: deciding to sell >>> Cabinet: Wednesday 11th March>>> more reports
... a question was asked about the seeming neglect of the buildings:
... by Dr Cathy Gardner, a member of East Devon Alliance, who found a discrepancy in figures in the external auditors’ report. Her question to Head of the Relocation Project, Richard Cohen, was: “In paragraph 2 of the report from Grant Thornton and GLEES, the annual maintenance cost allowance is £145,000 per annum, but the maximum spend over the past five years was around £65, 000. How do you explain this?
The answer, from Mr Cohen and three of his colleagues, seemed to confirm there had been managed deterioration of the Knowle buildings (a familiar practice, some might say).
Two questions to Cabinet last night | East Devon Watch
This is an issue raised before by this blog:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the 'managed neglect' of valuable assets
And it is something raised by the East Devon Watch blog:
Knowle maintenance – planned deterioration – the figures | East Devon Watch
With reference to an FOI request:
Cost of Knowle Maintenace - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
... there has been a clear decision to spend less on the maintenance of Knowle - spending has been cut by half over the past seven years:
Knowle building maintenance costs FOI 09 02 15.xls