Browsing: Cranbrook

A donation of high-visibility vests by a housing developer to Cranbrook pupils means a safer walk to school. Taylor Wimpey gave the hi-viz vests to St Martin’s Primary and Nursery School to encourage youngsters and their parents to leave the car at home. It’s really important to us that our pupils are happy and engaged when they arrive at school and walking is a great way for them to start the day…The developer’s give-away coincides with International Walk to School month, and is in support of UK charity Living Streets, which aims to encourage families to leave the car at…

Yet another part of the original plan for Cranbrook has been changed due to it being ‘simply not fit for purpose’. East Devon District Council’s cabinet last Wednesday agreed to take control of a plot of land in the town and procure and project manage the delivery of a sports pavilion at the sports hub. We are working with the developers for something that is fit for the town and is self-financing, with a lettable space and a bar which can deliver income streams through those means – Ed Freeman Once delivered, they will transfer the completed sports pavilion to…

Cranbrook could get a new bar,  extra changing rooms and club room facilities for its sports hub – as the original plans for the site have been declared inadequate. Ingram’s Field has been up and running since May, some five years after it was initially conceived. This summer finally saw football and cricket played in the new East Devon town. The approved 2014 application for the site included a design and layout for changing rooms – and now, five years later, developers are finally in a position to deliver it. However, James Brown, Cranbrook new community manager, says in a report…

A pioneering electric bicycles scheme is set to expand – with new stations in Exeter and Cranbrook due to open soon.  Co-bikes managing director Mark Hodgson told city traffic chiefs this week that sites in Heavitree, Pinhoe and the new East Devon town are on their way. The not-for-profit social enterprise already has facilities in Exeter at County Hall, the Civic Centre, St David’s, Central and Digby and Sowton railway stations, and the University of Exeter’s Streatham and St Luke’s campuses. We have already taken 150 vehicles off the road because of this but eventually we want hundreds of bikes in…

A bid to bring forward the development of important community facilities for Cranbrook has been backed by county councillors. The new town has plans for a children’s centre, library and youth facilities to be built at key intervals in its development – tied with occupancy levels. Some services for residents are required sooner than first envisaged due to rising demand from the growing population. As the town is continuing to grow, especially noting the high proportion of families with young children and need for additional support, we must bring them forward… A proposal to bring forward a multi-purpose integrated building…

County chiefs plan to shave off a six-year wait to grow Cranbrook town centre by renegotiating old planning agreements. Devon County Council’s cabinet next Wednesday is recommended to go ahead with a new community building in the currently empty town centre. The trigger point for the provision of the children’s centre facilities– 2,000 home occupations – has been met which means the Cranbrook consortium of developers have to construct the children’s centre no later than June 10, 2021. Later, or potentially no, delivery of these community buildings would contribute to Cranbrook remaining without a town centre that provides the facilities…

Unanimous backing has been given for a Cranbrook task force to ‘put the heart into’ the new community and prevent it from becoming an ‘austerity town’.  Nearly 2,000 homes in the new town are currently occupied, but it is lacking all but the most basic of facilities, councillors were told this week. A supermarket, town hall, library, auditorium, skate park, youth centre, children’s centre, retail units, and offices were all promised but have yet to be delivered. The land is there ready and waiting – it’s time the heart is put into our new community – Cllr Kevin BlakeyEast Devon District…

Police are warning residents in Cranbrook and the surrounding villages to lock their vehicles after a spate of thefts. Ottery St Mary Police said unlocked and insecure vehicles in Broadclyst, Rockbeare and Cranbrook have been targeted. Officers are warning motorists against leaving valuables in vehicles and are urging witnesses to dial 999 if they see someone acting suspiciously around parked cars and vans. Inspector Antonia Weeks said cash, phones and other devices were stolen. Lock cars and vans even if they are parked on your driveway or outside your house. “Don’t leave any cash or valuables in vehicles even if…

Cranbrook Community Speedwatch is recruiting. Could you be a volunteer? PSCO Steve Trail is urging community-spirited residents to get in touch and be part of a new scheme. Other towns and villages across East Devon have successful Speedwatch groups.  The national scheme sees volunteers working with police to monitor speeds of vehicles. They use speed detection devices. However, those found to be flouting speed restrictions are referred to the police. The aim is to educate drivers and encourage those exceeding limits to reduce their speed. Enforcement and prosecution can follow – if repeat offenders don’t get the message. Volunteers in…

Cranbrook is in danger of becoming an ‘austerity town’ with its residents deprived of key services and facilities, it has been warned.  East Devon District Council (EDDC) experts say authorities are at the ‘point of no return’ when it comes to delivering vital amenities for the fast-growing community. They have now called for a task force to be formed to rethink how the new town can secure the assets it needs. There is a significant risk that Cranbrook will become an austerity town, bereft of the facilities and services that the population both expect and demand…Officers have recommended that the…

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