Legal move is ill advised

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:28 10 June 2010

The ECA Management Committee has studied the High Court judgement on EDDC s request for a judicial review of the Boundary Committee s handling of the unitary authority issue. It seems to us, that contrary to the tenor of EDDC s press release, the judgemen

The ECA Management Committee has studied the High Court judgement on EDDC's request for a judicial review of the Boundary Committee's handling of the unitary authority issue. It seems to us, that contrary to the tenor of EDDC's press release, the judgement is largely in favour of the Boundary Committee. The only exception is that Justice Cranston did not agree with the Boundary Committee's view that they were only able to consult on one proposal. He made it clear, however, that consulting on more than one proposal was at the discretion of the Boundary Committee. He also made it clear that this in no way diminishes the validity of the Boundary Committee's review.EDDC's intention to go to appeal therefore seems to us to be ill-judged. It would be expensive and a further waste of the council's money, when budgets are already under pressure. If there is spare cash, we are sure that the council tax-payers could suggest much better ways of spending the £250,000 which has been set aside for the appeal. We have therefore called upon EDDC to abandon its proposal to appeal against the judgement. Roy Pryke,Chairman of Exmouth Community Association.

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