Recent Freedom of Information request:
“Dear East Devon District Council,
The following is a request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Recently an email from a Conservative counsellor was released into the public domain regarding the purchase of a “very large table in the members room” as a result of “an auction of council furniture, chattels, etc” to the benefit of members and EDDC staff.
The email went on to state “I have been told that I have been successful in my bid so the table along with the 8’ extension is heading back to Exmouth to sit in (address of councillor), Exmouth in its rightful Town (some may say)” and then stated arrangements for its removal date in order that it could be used for the Councillor’s Christmas dinner for 22 family members.
Subsequently on 21st December 2018, the Leader of the Council made a statement about the disposal of a range of items, including this table. He said the large table “attracted little professional interest with one valuer estimate of just £50”.
I would like to know:
If one valuer’s estimate was £50, what were the other estimates?
What are the names of the valuers who gave estimates for the table?
Does EDDC audit not require a range and record of estimates for the disposal of council assets, as well as a record of disposals?
EDDC, like other councils, should have a written policy and procedure for the disposal of assets such as used equipment, furniture and other plant, What is that policy and procedure?
Who was the Councillor that successfully bid for “the very large table in the members room”?
How much did the Councillor pay?
Was the ornate clock on the mantel piece (as shown on the cover of the Residents Magazine, December 2018) part of this disposal process?
If so, what was the valuation given?
What price was paid?
Who bought this clock?
The Leader of the Council referred to proceeds of this sale and other sales going to the Chairman’s Civic Fund.
How much money was raised from this sale of “items of sentimental interest or practical use”?
What are the “other sales” Councillor Thomas refers to?
How much money was raised from each of these “other sales”?
What is the total now of the Chairman’s Civic Fund?
Information about the Chairman’s Civic Fund is not easily accessible on the EDDC website; a word search on the site produces “no result”. Where can details of this fund and its administration be found?