THERE'S not much council bosses can't find to squabble about if they put their minds to it.
And after a long-running battle for the city to get a new library, they've now fallen out over the paving stones surrounding it.
The good news is last-minute negotiations have secured a superior look for the area outside of Exeter's revamped Central Library.
Devon County Council is spending £4.1m on the redevelopment and has suggested that the area outside the library would look fine with paving made from resin.
But Councillor Rob Hannaford has previously said the resin "looks like a flapjack" and the city's councillors want to pave the area with the more expensive York stone.
The cost of the York stone would add £50,000 to the price tag, and when the issue was raised at a meeting of Exeter Board last week Roger Croad, Devon's cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: "The public realm outside the library will look very nice with resin. York stone is going to be £50,000 extra – if the city council can come up with £25,000 we will match it."
Mark Parkinson, the city's deputy chief executive, told the board that the city council had had a figure of £16,000 in mind.
Jill Owen, county councillor for St David's and St James, said that the matter was urgent with the stone having to be ordered in days and accused the county council of dragging its feet, saying: "York stone is the best offering."
Negotiations continued over the weekend and a spokesman for the county council has now confirmed to the Echo that Devon is putting £25,000 into the pot with the city council adding £20,000 and the final £5,000 is coming from the locality budget of the Exeter Board.
The news that it will be York stone paving in front of Central Library has been welcomed by Rachel Sutton, chairman of the Board and Exeter's lead councillor for city development.
Cllr Sutton said: "I am really delighted. It was a big worry that we were going to have this multimillion-pound scheme and then you would get to the front door and it would look like we had run out of money.
"It is important as well that it matches the paving in Gandy Street as we are seeking to create a cultural quarter in this area with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Phoenix.
"Gandy Street looks wonderful and now they have started work on the frontage at Central Station."