Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

Archant

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.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

07:00

Search table: Enter the name of your Devon school and see how much the latest budget changes could affect it by

Read more
Yesterday, 17:07

Artists turn out for the first ever Sunday Art on the Quay event at Bideford

Read more
Yesterday, 14:45

There will be overnight closures on the A39 in Barnstaple between Roundswell and Lake roundabouts this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:20

The new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation today (Tuesday) - but what does this mean for North Devon’s parking machines?

Read more
Yesterday, 09:22

A North Devon songwriter is asking people to send in their photos showing what makes them stronger, for her brand new music video.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Campaigners against health cuts aim to draw ‘red lines’ around hospitals in North, East and South Devon

Read more
Mon, 17:30

Lundy Island’s church was in desperate need of repair, but £1m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable works to go ahead.

Read more
Mon, 13:22

Almost 200 turned out at Grosvenor Church on Monday to pay tribute to a ‘brilliant guy’

Read more
Mon, 12:54

UPDATE: The A361 Link Road has now reopened after a collision between a lorry and a car at Rackenford.

Read more
Mon, 11:30

North Devon Hospice has produced a special, limited edition Monopoly board where you can purchase landmarks all around North Devon.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications