Cranbrook district heating in hot (cold?) water

Residents in Cranbrook are tied to the E.on district heating plant for 80 (EIGHTY) years.

From Cranbrook Town Council website:

“In September, the Town Council complained to E.on on behalf of the residents about the continuing service disruptions which continue to be suffered by a significant proportion of residents.

The Town Council feels that six years into the project residents should not find themselves without a service other than in extreme circumstances. We also raised concerns in relation to the apparent lack of global resilience within the Energy Centre and the district heating scheme, asking for steps being taken to ensure that the residents of Cranbrook will not experience a loss of service again in the future.

As a result of our correspondence, E.on have been reviewing their network and have exchanged their temporary energy centre in phase 4. The other temporary energy centres are also being monitored for performance and resilience. Communication has also improved, as residents will note that recently they have been informed by text or email when planned maintenance was taking place. We could urge residents to ensure that E.on have their contact details e.g. mobile phone no. and email.

E.on will be holding customer open evenings again in the New Year at the Younghayes Centre to make it easier for residents to attend. We will publish the dates once they are confirmed. We cannot urge residents enough to take those opportunities to raise problems with E.on – as otherwise they won’t know.”

“Flybe ‘up for sale’ weeks after profit warning”

“Flybe is reported to have put itself up for sale less than a month after issuing a dramatic profit warning.

The regional airline is expected to say on Wednesday that its board is exploring a sale or a merger with a rival, according to Sky News.
Last month, the airline warned full-year losses would reach £22m due to a combination of falling consumer demand, a weaker pound and higher fuel costs.

The airline’s shares have fallen by almost 75% since September.

The Exeter-based airline is now valued at around £25m, far below the £215m it was valued at when it floated on the stock exchange in 2010.

Stobart Group – which pulled out of a bid to buy Flybe earlier this year after the airline rejected its offer – could be a possible purchaser, according to Sky.

Flybe, whose roots date back to 1979, has 78 planes operating from smaller airports such as London City, Southampton and Norwich to destinations in the UK and Europe.

It serves around eight million passengers a year, but has been struggling to recover from a costly IT overhaul and has been trying to reduce costs.
Last month, Flybe’s chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener said it was reviewing “further capacity and cost-saving measures”.

“Stronger cost discipline is starting to have a positive impact across the business, but we aim to do more in the coming months, particularly against the headwinds of currency and fuel costs,” she said at the time.

The airline is due to issue its interim results on Wednesday. The company declined to comment on the sale reports.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46203183

Cranbrook town councillors attempt to block mobile catering vans is defeated

Owl says: This is what happens when you fail to build a proper centre in a new town.

“Members differed in their opinions when deciding whether to support a request for annual street trading consent from Richard Filby, who runs popular chip van Flippy Chippy.

Councillor Ray Bloxham said granting consent would go against Cranbrook’s ‘healthy’ image, as it is just one of ten sites selected to join NHS England’s national Healthy New Towns programme. He said: “We are trying to do something about the health of our town.

“We need to, at some stage, make a stand against this type of thing because it is not good.”

Cllr Bloxham said there is a ‘proliferation’ of mobile businesses coming into Cranbrook, which do not pay business rates and sell ‘unhealthy food’ to the community.

Cllr Sarah Gunn said a fish and chip shop is set to open in Cranbrook soon and the council needed to support it. She added: “It is not cheap rent or business rates – there are no concessions.

“A chip van up the road is going to make that very hard.”

Cllr Matt Osborne said Flippy Chippy is ‘well known and liked’ in Cranbrook, and had been involved with a lot of community events held in the town.

He said: “If we take that away when there is a chip shop opening, the backlash will be quite severe – because we are the reason people can not have fish and chips in town anymore.

“I think we will get some kind of movement against that.”

Cllr Bloxham proposed the council objects on the grounds that Cranbrook is a Healthy New Town and the council is ‘trying to promote healthy living’.

He added: “It is unfair competition for businesses trying to set up shop in the town. [Flippy Chippy] has no overheads apart from a bit of petrol.”

Cllr Bloxham’s proposal was defeated by four votes to three.

Cllr Les Bayliss said two other mobile companies sell food in Cranbrook and it would be unfair to object to Mr Filby’s request.

He proposed the council supports the trading consent request, but his motion was also defeated by three votes to two.”

Councillors finally agreed they would send their comments to East Devon District Council, which will decide whether to grant consent at a future date.

Mr Filby’s application is to trade from a catering van every Monday, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, on Younghayes Road (by the country park).

http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/council-split-in-deciding-whether-to-support-street-trading-request-from-popular-flippy-chippy-food-van-1-5749353

EDDC says it can’t afford to part-fund a community worker for Cranbrook

Yet it can spend £10 million-plus on a new HQ and says section 106 funding is running out despite continued building-out of the town. Developers seem to be getting a really easy ride in Cranbrook.

http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/fundraising-bid-to-employ-community-development-worker-for-cranbrook-dashed-1-5751029

E.on temporary energy centre for Cranbrook’s phase 4 runs into problems

Cranbrook Town Council notes:

MESSAGE & APOLOGY FROM E.ON FOR PHASE 4 RESIDENTS – OVERRUN
E.on is sorry that the works to the temporary energy centre on Phase 4 have overrun but assures residents they should be completed by 5pm.

That’s the problem when you have district heating and no control over who provides your energy supply – or the price they charge.

Cranbrook: no road markings causing serious problems with anti-social parking

Cranbrook Town Council Facebook page draws attention to a serious traffic problem:

“APPEAL FOR CONSIDERATE PARKING ON CRANBROOK’S ROADS:

There was another near miss earlier today when a resident pulling carefully out of their road was unable, due to cars parked at the junction, to see a group of approaching cyclists. Although nobody was hurt on this occasion, the cyclists had to swerve and could have been forced into the path of oncoming traffic. Although Cranbrook has no road lining may we remind residents that the principles of the Highway Code still apply.”

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MESSAGE & APOLOGY FROM E.ON FOR PHASE 4 RESIDENTS – OVERRUN
E.on is sorry that the works to the temporary energy centre on Phase 4 have overrun but assures residents they should be completed by 5pm.

“Fire stations may need to be moved due to new housing developments” [including Cranbrook]

Owl says: does this mean ambulance stations, schools and doctors’ surgeries may now be in the wrong places?

“New housing developments across Devon and Somerset may mean a rethink of where fire stations are needed.

There are currently 85 fire stations across the two counties, but the stations are aligned to standards of fire cover from the late 1940s and are not reflective of the current and future demographics of the two counties.

Assistant chief fire officer Peter Bond, director of service improvement, told fire authority members on Monday morning that its risk mapping graphs showed that in the great majority of cases, the authority has a lot of good cover and high risk areas are within the targeted 10 minute response time.

But he added: “It is pleasing to see and that we have our resources in the right place. But there will be some developments in Devon and Somerset, such as Cranbrook, Sherford, Taunton Garden Town, and other towns that as they expand, will sit outside the existing 10 minute response zone.”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/fire-stations-need-moved-due-2135030