Legal challenge a waste of money

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

I would like to support the correspondent who had previously written protesting at the actions taken by East Devon District Council in producing a snazzy glossy brochure listing their objections to the unitary Devon proposals. The cost of producing, prin

I would like to support the correspondent who had previously written protesting at the actions taken by East Devon District Council in producing a snazzy glossy brochure listing their objections to the unitary Devon proposals. The cost of producing, printing and distributing this must have been high, but EDDC are even now planning to surpass this action and expenditure, by making a legal challenge and having a judicial review of the Boundaries Committee's recommendations. When the leader of EDDC, Sara Randall-Johnson, and the chief executive met an Exmouth town working party, they confirmed this action in response to a question put by one of the town councillors.My wigged and gowned friend has told me that such an action will not be inexpensive. He anticipates that such an action could take a very long time and the cost may well be in excess of £150k of our local taxpayers' money. This action by a mistrusted and disliked council, which has in the not-too-distant past complained that funds, estimated at £175k, are not available to rebuild back to its former glory and condition the crumbling Elizabeth Hall, is nothing less than an attempt to delay the inevitable demise of EDDC in favour of a better and more efficient unitary Devon council.Do we need a judicial review? I don't believe so as I can object to the proposed unitary Devon proposals, if I am worried, which I am not, and so I don't think EDDC should spend our money in this way.If members of the ruling party at EDDC wish to go ahead, they should pay the cost themselves from their own resources and, if they don't pay up, the government should surcharge the ones who vote for the motion to have the review.One might be suspicious that the real reason behind the EDDC fight for its life is simply that the demise of the council will certainly result in the elected members losing a nice fat income [expenses - Editor], while we the residents will gain by having a much better, efficient and less costly council system than at present. Ron Roberts,10 Littlemead Lane, Exmouth.

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