Thursday, 4 June 2015

Knowle relocation project: and the 'delivery of information'

Following on from last night's debate over the Knowle relocation project
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: extraordinary District Council meeting >>> Wednesday 3rd June >>> "crunch time"

... the Leader of the District Council met the proposer of the motion in the BBC Radio Devon studios this morning to discuss the implications:
BBC Radio Devon - Simon Bates, 04/06/2015 [as of 01:06:00]

Or click on: BBC Radio Devon interview: 4th June 2015

Simon Bates found Cllr Diviani to be 'a bit patronising' when he said that ordinary Councillors hadn't been able to get to grips with the 'masses and masses of documentation':
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: Councillors "in the dark, as no-one within the EDDC hierarchy was telling them anything."

Cllr Diviani said that 'most of the information was out into the public domain' - although only up to March 2013, when the FOI request was made and the application to build at Knowle was rejected:
Project Document Archive - East Devon

As Simon Bates said, 'the reality is that there's a division over the delivery of information'
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: the Information Commissioner's decision notice on another Freedom of Information request: "The council’s approach was neither in the spirit nor the letter of the legislation."
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "The main thing is process."

Here is the Save Our Sidmouth take on the interview:

Cllr Diviani “a bit miffed” with the electorate?

June 4, 2015 by sidmouthsid Leave a comment

Radio Devon’s Simon Bates had this impression, in his interview this morning with Cllrs Cathy Gardner and Paul Diviani, following last night’s Extraordinary Council Meeting to debate relocation (link given below), at which SOS was present.

The motion was lost by 16 votes to 38. The inadequacies of the relocation project process remain.

The motion proposed by Sidmouth Independent Councillors, Cathy Garner and Matt Booth was as follows:

EDDC Extra-ordinary meeting June 3 2015: called by 15 independent Councillors
Motion to be debated:
“This Council resolves to suspend all processes relating to the sale of the Knowle site for six months so that the following matters can be fully addressed:
1. Development of comprehensive plans to show the distribution of services between the two proposed offices and the impact of this on staff, service users and residents;
2. Comprehensive EDDC staff consultation on the specific details and impact of the proposed office relocation to Honiton and Exmouth;
3. Full public consultation (three month process) on the proposed option;
4. Open invitation for and examination of further options for office refurbishment and location, including those which could be cost neutral, by a sub-committee comprising of at least 12 elected members with cross-group proportional representation;
5. Fully costed proposals for the entire relocation process including the new build; refurbished premises; removal; parking; equipment and facilities: To be prepared, reviewed and approved by Full Council ;
6. Detailed consideration by Full Council of the implications and ramifications of the recent FOI cases.”

Cllrs Gardner and Booth made these speeches:
Cllr Cathy Gardner href=”https://saveoursidmouth.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/matt-booth-speech-eddc-ex-meeting-3rd-june-2015.docx”>Matt Booth speech EDDC Ex Meeting 3rd June 2015

Link to this morning’s Radio Devon interview here: http://bbc.in/1G90QAz – the relevant debate is between 01:06:03 to 01:14:59

More comment on last night’s meeting, will be posted soon.

Cllr Diviani “a bit miffed” with the electorate? | Save Our Sidmouth

This is the District Council's view of the relocation project:
4 June 2015 - Cross party majority squashes Independent Group councillors proposal to delay council relocation - East Devon

And this is the view from the East Devon Watch blog:
Tories of East Devon – You just don’t get it, do you? | East Devon Watch

But to finish, this is from the View from Sidmouth/Pulman's Weekly:
Ruffling Tory feathers...: HONITON TODAY :

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