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AXMINSTER:Councillors clash over cost of cemetery doors

Thursday, 21 August 2014

AXMINSTER councillors have clashed over spending nearly £5,000 on the cost of a new door at the former cemetery chapel when they refused to do likewise at the Guildhall, one of the town’s most important buldings. The clash came at a meeting of the Building and Finance Committee earlier in the summer, the minutes of which were approved at last week’s full council meeting. Town mayor Jeremy Walden reported that three quotations had been received for the purchase and fixing of an additional door at the chapel, which is now used as a store. The decision to accept the tender of £4,680 was proposed by Councillor Andrew Moulding and seconded by Councillor Sue Spiller. “Outrageous cost” But Councillor Paul Hayward stated that he felt the expenditure was “outrageous”, particularly in the light of the fact that councillors had not been prepared to spend a similar sum two years ago to renew the Guildhall doors which were bigger and on a more prestigious building. Councillor Spiller responded that the decision had been made in the context of scores of people having been made redundant by Axminster Carpets and the very future of that business, one of the town’s major employers, hanging in the balance and redundant workers relying on foodbanks to feed their families.


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