The Knowle was compared to a 'rabbit warren' at the last Cabinet meeting:
EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL
Nevertheless, the plans for the HQ at Honiton have been compared unfavourably by a commentator:
"As it stands, the public zones are a labyrinth with too much
circulation with a clutter of windowless boxes."
"What Cllr Wragg says is largely irrelevant as the public are not allowed in the
inner spaces of the Knowle, but her rabbit warren description can easily be
applied to both the ‘unfit for purpose’ Exmouth office and quite shockingly to
the new build.
The same can be said about disabled access which is remarkably
easy into the current chamber.
So why spend £10m on a vanity project which is
hardly any better?
Location location location
On the attached map I have indicated how the new footprint might be accommodated
on the current business centre site.
What a downfall for civic status in the district, moving
from the splendid park surroundings with good transport links to a remote
industrial estate with a burger van for a cafeteria.
Compare the future resale
of the sites! With the Pegasus scheme valued at about £40m, how much will a
resale make on the new HQ building positioned in such a hostile environment?
Clearly the philistine EDDC cabinet care little for the morale and wellbeing of
their staff or visitors and even less for civic pride and public access."
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "If Knowle is not fit for purpose, do they really think that Exmouth Town Hall is?"
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: comparing the Sidmouth and Honiton/Exmouth options