DevonLive’s attempt to talk up Cranbrook – own goal

UPDATE: in the couple of hours since the publication of this post, the comments on the DevonLive site have been cleaned up!

Hot on the heels of criticism of Cranbrook, DevonLive attempted to find some “good news” about it. However, it didn’t go quite to plan.

The first person they chose works in the local estate agent’s office – well, you’d hardley expect any criticism there – duh.

The second person had a few nice things to say about it and then rather spoilt it with this comment:

… It feels like they [houses] were just thrown up, to be honest, with cheap materials.” she says. “The walls are very thin. It is fine between our house and the neighbours but the inside walls are different. There is a lot of creaking and you don’t expect that with a new house. The garage roof was leaking too. That was fixed but it is leaking again now.

It would be nice to have a town centre,” she says. “They keep saying we’ll have one but we haven’t yet. This Co-op can’t really cope with the number of people. We like it here overall. The school facilities are very good and there are a lot of young families. We don’t have any plans to move and will stay for the foreseeable future.

“On the downside the trains are crowded and often don’t turn up at all. But they’ve just put more buses on and they are every 20 minutes to Exeter.”

The third person said:

“… The shop should be more affordable. Overall it is enjoyable but there is not enough to do for the teenagers. I have a teenage son and I don’t think there is anything here for him to do. Some of them hang around the shop and benches in the evening.

“The primary school is lovely but we have problems with communication with the college.”

Then comes journalism at its BEST! What makes Cranbrook so good?

The constant supply of new housing is clearly a selling point for Cranbrook. Young families in particular are attracted to homes built for modern-living, with fitted kitchens, double-glazing, reliable boilers and infrastructure, patio-doors to the garden, little or no upkeep worries.”

Er, sorry guys, Cranbrook Town Council just took on estate rent charges from developers for the whole town and council tax bills rose to cover them!

The journalist goes on, foot in mouth:

As of 2019 Cranbrook – a start-from-scratch development – is a market town without a market and a population to shop ratio of 1:5,000.”

THEN you come to the comments! Suffice to say, most are NOT complimentary, and some are VERY rude!

Better luck next time!

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/what-people-really-think-cranbrook-3285460#comments-section

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