Over four years ago, the then-chair of the Town Council (and current chair of the District Council) called into question the relocation project:
Call to put council move on hold
By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: November 22, 2012
THE chairman of Sidmouth Town Council has proposed that East Devon District Council should consider putting its relocation plans on hold.
Cllr Stuart Hughes put forward a motion which states: "In light of the recommendations to abolish district authorities in Michael Heseltine's No Stone Unturned report, this council should put on hold its relocation plans until Government has ruled on the recommendations."
The district council's proposals to relocate from Sidmouth to Honiton have proved very controversial with Sidmouth residents and those throughout the wider district.
The council have said that it is the intention for the move to be cost neutral. It plans to redevelop its current headquarters at Knowle, Sidmouth.
With more background info here:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the longer-term demise of district councils... part five... East Devon District Council "will imminently have no alternative whatsoever than to integrate anyway."