Malvern Hills District Council
1 The Plan should be reviewed in the light of:
[a] the rejection of the planning application on the 10/12 Priory Road site – which now allows for the proposed sale to be included in the overall plan.
[b] likely problems with Historic England on the demolition of Priory Lodge Hall – now officially listed by Historic England.
[c] the questionable need for another Council Chamber
[d] doubts about moving the Tourist Information Centre
2 The District Council Plan is not well presented and its conclusions would be unlikely to stand up to scrutiny in a commercial environment; it is a recipe for cost overruns, an unsuitable result and illusory savings.
3 Is this the best way to spend [at least] £1.5m?
4 The Grange is an underutilised Council asset in need of considerable expenditure. A use for the building should be agreed without delay. This has little bearing on the Accommodation Plan and should be agreed as a high priority.
5 A detailed analysis of staff accommodation needs should be added to the Plan.
6 A process of public consultation should be carried out before any more work is done.
7 It has been suggested that, in view of the poor business case, this is a politically motivated attempt to keep the District Council in Malvern.
8 The question of conflict of interest needs to be reviewed – both with regard to the interests of elected members and also the desirability of the Council approving its own applications. It may be legally correct but the public perception is negative. The web site record of councillors’ conflict of interest and pecuniary interest is out of date.