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Tory MP Hugo Swire has told the leader of East Devon District Council to put its relocation project on hold.
Mr Swire says it is ‘prudent’ for the Conservative-led authority to wait before committing to a costly move from Knowle to Honiton and Exmouth.
The MP for East Devon has contacted Paul Diviani to say he does not want EDDC to move to Honiton – as it is outside his constituency – and thinks ‘more intelligent ways’ of using Knowle should be explored.
“The prudent thing to do is put everything on hold and not proceed at this stage,” Mr Swire told the Herald.
But Councillor Diviani said yesterday he will not back down – especially after the plans got the go-ahead from full council last week, when Cllr Wright’s motion was defeated.
Mr Swire commended Cllr Diviani and EDDC’s leadership for looking to operate from a more efficient HQW, but said he could not back a move to Honiton.
“As MP for East Devon, I would be very unhappy if it moved outside my constituency.” Said Mr Swire.
“Sidmouth is at the heart of my constituency”. Mr Swire would, however, support the council and its jobs going to Exmouth – and even ‘growth point’ SkyPark.