Achievements of the Cranbrook Forum …

… which is likely to be disbanded shortly due to lack of support and “imminent” arrival of a parish council. Though reading this report we wonder if EDDC will constitute a new council before the May 2015 given the yown’s outstanding problems and the impact they may have on how Cranbrook residents decide who might best represent them.

Highlights:

St Martins playpark:
Established lack of appropriate drainage included in initial planning, and via EDDC cause to be installed.

Cranbook Education/ Leisure
Identified that sports hall failed to meet Sport England standard by 3ft, and with LED Leisure successfully lobbied for increased dimension.

Cranbrook Planning Issues
Following community experiences with short comings to 1st Phase of Cranbrook made successful representations to EDDC re subsequent Stage 2/3 which have contributed to planning decision for developers to provide improved road layouts, more on and off road parking for residents and visitors, and more local green space including an additional small play area. House build in this new phase has yet to be occupied by residents who will benefit from the Forum’s representations on their behalf.

Builders challenged on house build quality and after care
The Forum conducted a survey of 150 of approx. 500 houses. Data suggested repetitive issues re quality of build amongst some but not all house builders at Cranbrook. Also issues with poor aftercare service. This information shared with the Developers and EDDC. The challenge:- A slightly slower build out will lead to ‘getting it right – 1st time’.

Utilities issues: E.on
The Forum led by Mark Krzywinski identified technical defects to 500 + heat exchange units installed in Cranbrook homes, and established that the remote data capture system for billing was not fit for purpose, with 70% failure rate. A programme for remedial work was agreed, and has been completed, but regular dialogue continues re the efficiency of billing data capture system.

http://www.cranbrookcommunityforum.org.uk/

Highlights:

South West Audit Partnership: recent FOI requests

Including how councillors can serve on its board and remain neutral and minutes of Board Meetings, though SWAP seem unable to understand quite how whatdotheyknow works:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/swap

SWAP are the internal auditors to EDDC and South Somerset councils and (see below) their EDDC auditor has said that he has not examined EDDC relocation figures “in depth”.

Those Exmouth beach huts not fit for purpose

Exmouth beach Huts

Radio Devon news today announced EDDC’s huge project for Exmouth seafront, to include an open-air sports facility. Shame Councillor Moulding and his team haven’t noticed there already is a superb one, that families don’t have to pay to use, requires no energy consumption, and doesn’t pollute. The wide open spaces and sandy beach have long been the resort’s main attraction. (The little-used new ‘super’ bowling alley complex has been struggling to make a profit, we’re told.)

Part of the proposed Splash area.

Now Exmouth’s signature seafront beach huts are to be removed, to make way for the District Council’s ambitious Splash project (just a part of the massive site pictured above). Same glass-and-concrete vision as that which bulldozed the much-loved, constantly used and unique Elizabeth Hall,so the land could be sold to the ubiquitous Premier Inn…

Eliz Hall Demolition 2

So Exmouth loses more of its special character and much-loved landmarks. What exactly will it gain?

A stretch of Queens Drive