THE district auditor asked to investigate North Devon Council s decision to bring the dry kerbside recycling service in-house has concluded that there are no grounds for a more rigorous review of the issue. The audit office had been asked to scrutinise th

THE district auditor asked to investigate North Devon Council's decision to bring the dry kerbside recycling service in-house has concluded that there are no grounds for a more rigorous review of the issue.The audit office had been asked to scrutinise the council's figures by North Devon MP Nick Harvey last month.District auditor Brian Bethell told the Gazette that a preliminary examination of the council's figures had not revealed any "serious or significant problems"."On the face of it, I cannot justify conducting a more in-depth review," he said."Cllr Rodney Cann, the council's lead member for waste and recycling, said the auditor's conclusion completely vindicated the council's decision to bring the service in-house, and substantiated the figures quoted in its reports."The district auditor recognised that by terminating their contract with the council, South Molton Recycle left us with only two choices: either to go out to tender or to bring the service in-house."We decided we had to bring the service in-house because under European tender laws, it would have taken too long to find another service provider and we would not have been able to ensure continuity of service," he said.