Friday, 5 December 2014

Knowle relocation project............ online forums react to BBC Radio Devon interview with District Council Leader

Following on from the decision by the District Council cabinet - not to make a decision yet on relocating and to recommend this to full council
... and following on from the interview on BBC Radio Devon with the Leader of the District Council
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "East Devon District Council has ditched its plan to move to Skypark near to Exeter airport from its current headquarters in Knowle in Sidmouth."

... which is here (recorded)
... or here (as of 8:10am)

... there has been a fair amount of comment at on-line forums:

Paul Diviani E.D.D.C. Radio Devon - Knowle

Local Conversations in Bulverton
He did himself no favours........

I want to know how much the Knowle is valued at and why this information is sensitive, if you go to an auction you want the highest price as an asset.

Also, with the Government stating more Public Sector cuts, it may be worth staying in the new part of the Knowle as two sites may be too large in the long term.

He stated that the price has dropped......surely if the value of your property drops...you hold onto it until the price rises....if not you are selling at a bargain and the only person who makes a lot of money is a developer who purchasers low and puts it to his land bank.

After listening to his interview...I want the Knowle to stay until the land prices rises at least!
Real Sidmouthian
Yes indeed! Wait until it's a better price then they can build themselves some lovely new offices.
Old Boot
I unfortunately missed the interview, LW, I hope it is repeated. Your comments make sense to me though. As I understand it, £3/4million already spent on just making decisions! How can decisions (or indecisions!) cost this much?
I now think it should remain at the new part of the Knowle until residential land rises and we get the best price in a good market...not a sale in a falling market.

Who makes these decisions?

Free and open for all of to have an opportunity to buy not just a few... The money spent on this  is beyond belief....if it was a private firm who had made the wrong decisions and wasted the money...they would be out of the business.

We just keep voting for them!  With further cutbacks in public services you may find that the two sites may be over capacity...crazy...
I would suggest they refurbish the newer part of the Knowle - after all it is a lot younger than the proposed Exmouth offices, so can't need that much work.
Then sell off the old part of the Knowle and the bits of the grounds where they already proposed to build some new housing. The proceeds from that sale would help towards the refurbishment of the existing newer offices.
Keep the business centre in Honiton open and keep the rents coming from there and wait until a good market time to sell it off for development.
Sell the Manstone depot to a housing association for affordable homes.
Paul L
I would like to know where the staff being relocated to Exmouth town hall are going to park, last time I was there parking was very limited

Streetlife | Paul Diviani E.D.D.C. Radio Devon - Knowle

This morning EDDC council leader Cllr Diviani told BBC Radio Devon that £700,000 has been spent so far on the botched relocation plans to move EDDC's offices to Honiton & then Sky Park & then back to Honiton & Exmouth ........................... this waste of tax payers money is shocking at the best of times but at a time of austerity & cut back to services that the general public are told we must endure it is even more disgraceful .............................. he also told Radio Devon that the EDDC offices move to Honiton & Exmouth will be in the region of £10,000,000 ................................. well done to Matt Woodley from BBC Radio Devon for taking Cllr Diviani 'apart' in his interview with him this morning ... loved the bit when Matt said will Cllr Diviani be back in January saying they have changed their minds yet again and be moving to somewhere like Ottery st Mary ...........
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Thanks to the EDA blog:
Paul Diviani E.D.D.C. Radio Devon – Knowle | East Devon Alliance
EDDC getting a slating on Exmouth Voice, re. Knowle | East Devon Alliance

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