EDDC progress: move from an old building – to an old building!

EDDC moves from Knowle because it is an old building (although most of it is modern and big enough to meet all their accommodation needs) and moves to Exmouth Town Hall – an old building – all of it old.

And the reason given why the costs are rising?

Exmouth Town Hall is … an old building.

Which begs questions:

A. Did EDDC expect costs to be higher than they estimated when making their calculations to move?

or

B. Did EDDC expect costs not to rise when they made their calculations to move?

and

which of these two scenarios is the worst one!

One thought on “EDDC progress: move from an old building – to an old building!

  1. I doubt even the script writers for East Enders or Corrie could come up with a plot line as bizarre as EDDC’s Relocation saga.

    The trouble is that the Tories have nailed their colours to the mast and they cannot possibly back down now without a MASSIVE loss of face. So we should expect them to:

    Pretend that this is a minor blip

    Carry on spending money as if it isn’t their own (which of course it isn’t – it is our money)

    Put their fingers in their ears and hum loudly whenever anyone might be talking sense

    Blame Sidmouth residents for their project falling apart at the seams – it’s always someone else’s fault

    Continue to keep secret information that the Information Commissioner says they should release, and spend even more of our money on lawyers to defend their spurious reasoning to the bitter end

    Deny that costs are increasing (despite their own figures) and continue to claim that the project is good value for money and cost neutral even though it isn’t (because they said it would be cost neutral and they cannot admit to any failings or lose face)

    But let us not forget that a net cost of £2.2m is actually a net real-expenditure of c. £17m because the business case that was cost neutral had c. £15m of savings from not repairing the Knowle. But of course, we know from earlier EDW posts that these costs may be somewhat exaggerated e.g. Castle Drago was refurbished for “only” £11m https://eastdevonwatch.org/2014/12/10/what-can-you-get-for-15000000-eddc-estimate-for-knowle-refurbishment/ . In other words, if they didn’t do this project THEY COULD SPEND £15M ON REFURBISHING THE KNOWLE and still be £2.2m better off – and if the refurbishments were done more economically (for say £5m – which still buys you a lot of refurbishing) then they would be saving us – the council tax payers – £12m by cancelling the project not just £2.2m.

    Oh how I wish logic and proper business cases would, for once, win over the “post-truth” politics of the EDDC Tory leadership.

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