NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has referred North Devon Council s decision to take the dry kerbside recycling service in-house to the district auditor. Mr Harvey told the Gazette that he had asked the district auditor to make a judgement on whether the coun

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has referred North Devon Council's decision to take the dry kerbside recycling service in-house to the district auditor. Mr Harvey told the Gazette that he had asked the district auditor to make a judgement on whether the council's figures were robust. The council claims it will save money."There have been claims and counter claims in the local media about the figures," Mr Harvey told the Gazette."I have examined both sides' figures and I can understand why there is public confusion and concern."I have asked the district auditor to reassure me that the council's intended course of action will not end up costing local council tax payers a lot of money."Mr Harvey added that the district auditor was now checking out various facts before deciding whether there was a substantive problem that warranted investigation.But the council's Lead member for waste and recycling, Conservative Cllr Rodney Cann said he hoped that the Liberal Democrat MP's actions were not motivated by what he called "party political posturing.""I think Nick has misunderstood the situation," he said. "It's a pity he didn't ask for a meeting with myself and council officers to explain the situation."Because South Molton Recycle withdrew their tender, we had no choice but to go out to tender or bring the service in-house."Legally under European rules, the tender process would have taken well over six months, so to ensure a continuity of service, we had to bring it in-house."We should all now be looking to the future and working together to ensure the people of North Devon get a first class service.