Dorset has announced a decision to work towards mergers of its councils:
It does rather beg the question: what is to happen to West Dorset Council’s brand new HQ, built at a cost of more than £10 million?
It was always going to be a risky venture, when mergers and reorganisation were even at the time of the planned move being spoken of as a possibility.
To be fair to WDDC, their existing premises were very poor, very old and haphazardly arranged on three sites. They expected to sell the sites for £2.5 million, but in the end only achieved £1 million.
We do hope that our district council – in its desire to move to a spanking new set of offices in Honiton – has taken note of Dorset’s (un)intended consequences.
If such talks are abroad in Devon (which is already pretty much merging with Somerset if our Local Enterprise Partnership has its way) then it surely would be a dereliction of duty or even a misfeasance in office to consider such a move when it could be almost immediately redundant.
But, as in all important decisions in East Devon, we the residents will be the last to know what is being decided behind those closed doors in our names.