Tories going back on pledge?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

COUNCIL chiefs hoping to buy offices in Clevedon have been accused of going back on their own previous plan.

COUNCIL chiefs hoping to buy offices in Clevedon have been accused of going back on their own previous plan.

Finance chief, Councillor Tony Lake, delivered a report in 2005 that said the unitary authority should look for accommodation in Weston in the long-term.

But he says the stalling of the Dolphin Square and the cost-effective opportunity to move to the Clerical Medical building changes the findings of consultants GVA Grimley.

He said: "Since then the development of Dolphin Square has stalled and therefore there isn't an immediate opportunity of the council being concentrated there.

"At that time, there was not a building in existence that provides the considerable cost savings."

The town's Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate Mike Bell said: "This is such a good idea that the Conservatives thought of it back in 2005, when the council commissioned an independent review of office accommodation.

"That advice was sound then and it is sound now.

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