Endeavour House potshot sparks reaction

WHEN council officer Martin Chiverton took a potshot at his new Endeavour House officers, everyone expected he'd provoke a reaction.And now The Evening Star has received comments from all sides – from those who like the new building and others who back up Mr Chiverton's criticisms.

WHEN council officer Martin Chiverton took a potshot at his new Endeavour House officers, everyone expected he'd provoke a reaction.

And now The Evening Star has received comments from all sides - from those who like the new building and others who back up Mr Chiverton's criticisms.

Even council chief executive Mike More has added his voice to the debate on the new building.

Mr Chiverton, whose opinions on Endeavour House were printed in Tuesday's Evening Star, complained of the lack of ventilation and facilities in the building, calling it "uninhabitable".


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But councillor Kevan Lim, whose division includes Endeavour House, said he was "very proud" of the building.

"It is sad that a few individuals should complain about this new building, which was completed on time and on cost," he said.

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"Mr Chiverton should concentrate on his job, that is what he is paid for."

A colleague of Mr Chiverton's, Janine Edwards, thought Mr Chiverton should appreciate the beautiful architecture.

"I feel Martin's views are slightly jaded due to the fact that he undoubtedly dislikes change and modernisation," she wrote.

However, Mr Chiverton does have supporters at the Council, even if they do prefer not to be named.

"He is right about the heat in the atrium area," said one anonymous e-mail.

"This is a big greenhouse with no ventilation so you can imagine how hot the upper floors will get in the summer," said an e-mail from another member of staff.

Mr More insisted the problems with the building's air conditioning are being dealt with and are only temporary.

He believes Endeavour House has generated "far more enthusiasm than concern."

nDo you work at Endeavour House? Whose views do you support? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

nSee letters about Endeavour House - page eight.

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