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Proposal to leave the Civic Centre ‘shows how serious the council is about making savings’

PUBLISHED: 12:26 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 16 January 2014

People can see the plans and give their opinions at the Civic Centre, Barnstaple

People can see the plans and give their opinions at the Civic Centre, Barnstaple

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North Devon Council leader says the ball is in County Council’s court

North Devon Council’s proposed move out of the Civic Centre ‘shows how serious the council is about making savings’, according to council leader Brian Greenslade.

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Greenslade said some members of the public had been ‘surprised’ by the proposal for the council to move its operations from the Civic Centre in Barnstaple to Brynsworthy House and Lynton House – both already owned by the council.

Cllr Greenslade added that the District Council was ‘trying hard to freeze fees and charges as much as possible’ while responding to Government cuts.

NDC is currently trying to plug a £2million budget shortfall and leases the Civic Centre from Devon County Council.

Cllr Pat Barker asked Cllr Greenslade how far along the moving process was at Wednesday’s meeting at the Civic Centre.

“We had a meeting some time before Christmas and we’re hoping to have a report on the County Council’s position for the end of January,” he replied.

“A lot revolves around what Devon County Council wants to do with this building. The big question is where we would have our meetings but we need to know DCC’s intentions for here first.

“Things will happen pretty quickly as we need to be making these savings.”

Cllr Rodney Cann added: “We have been doing a lot of work on this and it makes sound financial sense.

“It could also help us to provide a better service.”

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