Concerns raised over Council’s Lynton House move

13:22 03 April 2014

Councillor Glyn Lane

Councillor Glyn Lane

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Building labelled ‘low value’ and ‘defective’ by councillors

CONCERNS have been raised over the suitability of Lynton House as a future home for North Devon Council.

At a full council meeting on Wednesday night, Councillor Glyn Lane questioned the logic of ‘spending money renovating a relatively low-value building’.

“I think this is questionable and potentially a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Cllr Lane also asked whether the cost of refurbishment had been established.

Leader Cllr Greenslade responded: “We’ve not signed any contracts or had any estimates back, but we are trying to make it as low cost as we can.”

Cllr Richard Edgell also raised concerns that the cement used in the walls at Lynton House could corrode the steel in the structure.

“This is a serious problem and needs proper assessment,” he said.

“We have ruled out moving into the building in the past because it was considered a ‘defective structure’.”

The council is currently looking to leave the Civic Centre in Barnstaple, which it rents from Devon County Council, and move its operations into Lynton House and Brynsworthy.

North Devon Council hopes to save £300,000 a year in rent by making the switch, as it looks to slash its budget from £15million in 2010 to £10million by 2015.

A full report on Lynton House is expected to come before councillors in May.

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