EDDC's plans for office in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 16:14 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010
MONDAY, AUGUST 18: EAST Devon District Council is proposing to open its own office in Exmouth, where staff could deliver frontline services without the need for customers to travel to EDDC s headquarters in Sidmouth. The move, which has been in the planning stages for sever
EAST Devon District Council is proposing to open its own office in Exmouth, where staff could deliver frontline services without the need for customers to travel to EDDC's headquarters in Sidmouth.The move, which has been in the planning stages for several months, depends on finding and securing suitable premises for up to 40 staff to work.Progression of the initiative was agreed in principle by EDDC's executive board.Councillor Sara Randall Johnson, Leader of EDDC, said: "We have recognised for some time the benefit to our many customers in Exmouth of having a local EDDC base in the town, so we can deliver services such as housing benefit and housing needs direct to residents."This will be much more convenient for our customers and will also reduce the carbon footprint of people having to travel to Sidmouth to talk to us. Where possible, we will try to staff the Exmouth office with people who live in or around the town, so this will reduce the carbon footprint still more."We believe in delivering local services locally, which is why we have offered a limited service for the past 10 years. We have two members of our Housing Needs team based at the Town Hall five days a week. And one of our Housing Benefits team is in Exmouth four days a week. Both are very busy most of the time."There is clearly a need for this presence and our research shows that additional services would be welcome as well. This is why we are now looking to expand."We also have a StreetScene presence in Exmouth at Camperdown Depot, where our Western Area cleansing and parks and gardens teams are based".Councillor Darryl Nicholas, EDDC's Member Champion for Exmouth said: "I am delighted that this proposal is being progressed. Having more frontline staff based in Exmouth will not only bring local knowledge to decision making but also will be far more convenient for the residents of our town. "It is a real step forward in the way that important services are delivered.