On Wednesday (26th Feb) the EDDC council voted to push ahead with the relocation, probably to a SkyPark site (pending yet more consultation!), with costs of close to £1,000,000 approved for the purchase of land for the newbuild offices.
For a fuller report, please see following link…http://saveoursidmouth.com/2014/02/27/knowle-sale-and-skypark-spend-voted-through-under-veil-of-cabinet-minutes/
On Thursday morning (27th Feb) Cllr. Claire Wright was interviewed on Radio Devon about the motion to have an independent survey of the Knowle Buildings done – Cllr. Diviani declined to make any comment
For Radio Interview – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01r46tb Claire Wright Interview on BBC Radio Devon – from 40.10 mins
Last week Devon County Council (DCC) voted 32-23 against letting members of the Youth Service speak for 3 minutes about the proposed £970,000 cuts to their budget, on the grounds they had not sought permission within the deadline and to allow them to do so would set a bad precedent.
They failed to mention the deadline for submission was Friday 14th February, 7 days before the meeting, but news of the cuts was only released “accidentally” on Thursday 13th February, so leaving the Youth Service very little time to organise. The organisers contacted the council requesting permission to speak during the week in the run-up to the meeting, which confirms the council were fully aware of their request days beforehand, so could easily have avoided this shameful episode. For webcast of the DCC decision, see following link from 20.20 mins onwards.
Webcast of DCC Decision – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/118409
And for Cllr. Moulding’s written justification of the decision, please see DCC Reply- http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/why_devon_county_council_tories_voted_against_against_allowing_young_people
To sign the Youth Service petition please follow the link… http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/john-hart-protect-our-youth-services-from-budget-cuts
For latest news on the Local Plan Examination Hearings, please see recent posts on this EDA website.