District council to start town hall move 'by May'
PUBLISHED: 08:37 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:37 15 September 2015
At least £1.1million will be spent on giving the town hall its first major makeover for more than 20 years ahead of the district council moving in next year.
And the first planning and environmental health officers could be moving in as soon as May, just eight months away, as planned works are set to be moved forward.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) plans to relocate from Sidmouth to purpose-built facilities in Honiton and a spruced-up town hall.
The town hall has three storeys and the Journal understands that the district council is set to occupy the ground and the vacant second floors, with the first floor used by the town council.
Once up-and-running, the St Andrews Road building is likely to house services including planning, housing benefits, debt advice and council tax support, council housing, environmental health and car parking.
Voluntary services like the Citizens Advice Bureau will continue to be based there.
According to committee papers for EDDC’s cabinet meeting this week, the authority has signed a conditional contract with retirement developer Pegasus Life Ltd.
The developer is proposing to transform Knowle in Sidmouth into retirement housing.
The committee report reads: “The project is starting to move at pace.
“With the signing of a conditional contract with Pegasus Life and the commissioning of our design team, relocation has moved significantly forward.”