Claim mortgages being refused in developments with gypsy and traveller sites

Will this affect Cranbrook?

“The Council of Mortgage Lenders are REFUSING to grant mortgages to prospective house buyers if a new housing development includes gypsy and traveller pitches, it has been claimed.

The shock allegation was made at Tuesday’s Teignbridge District Council planning meeting when councillors were discussing creating additional pitches at a site in Teigngrace.

The pitches were due to be delivered as part of the strategic allocations at South West Exeter where nearly 2,000 new homes are to be built.

But Rosalyn Eastman, Business Manager for Strategic Place, said that gypsy and traveller pitches were required to be delivered off-site as the Council of Mortgage Lenders had told them they won’t provide mortgages to homes which have gypsy and travellers pitches within their allocation boundary. …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/claims-lenders-refusing-offer-buyers-2349956

“The fight against fast food continues …” but … but …

Cranbrook Town Council wants to block a kebab van from selling food in The town:
https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/the-fight-against-fast-food-continues-cranbrook-councillors-object-to-kebab-van-s-seven-days-a-week-trading-bid-1-5807445

Cranbrook has only a pub for eating out, which sells a mix of what is crudely called “healthy food” and junk food:
https://www.cranberry-farm.co.uk/our-food/?menu=513118

Cranbrook is installing outdoor barbecues at its “country park” where no doubt junk food will be cooked:
https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/plans-for-outdoor-barbecues-to-be-installed-in-cranbrook-before-easter-2019-but-council-is-looking-to-share-the-cost-1-5810127

Is it fair to try to stop the van? A poll says 58% want it.

EDDC liberalised street trading rules to encourage more street trading.

Confusing!

“Laybys in Cranbrook are being used by lorry drivers to ‘entertain’ women”

Owl LOVES the comment from the DCC officer: ““I know this is not a popular thing to suggest, but the people who bought the houses bought them in full knowledge of the layby” but Owl thinks they expected the LORRIES to be laid by, not ladies being laid by lorry drivers!

“Two laybys that lorry drivers are using to ‘entertain’ female companions will be closed.

The laybys, right in the middle of Cranbrook, are also being used a public toilet, for boy racers to congregate and play loud music and swear, and the proximity to houses mean that lorry drivers can see into homes from their cabs.

Unanimous agreement was given by councillors to close the laybys and for Devon County Council’s Highways officers to come up with a solution.

Cllr Ray Bloxham, who brought the proposal to Friday’s East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, said that the laybys used to be in a rural location but now are right in the middle of Cranbrook, and homes are now located immediately adjacent to the laybys.

He said: “The two laybys in question are now principally used by HGVs for overnight parking as a free car park. This results in considerable disturbance to adjacent households and there have been a series of complaints about noise disturbance especially overnight from refrigerated units and from engines being started and left running during the early hours. There have been ancillary complaints about anti-social behaviour by drivers using the hedgerow as a toilet and other unpleasant behaviours.

“The complaints by local residents have been referred to both Environmental Health at East Devon District Council and to Highways, and the only solution that was put forward and supported by highways department was to close the laybys.”

He added that there was organised lorry parking less than a mile away in Clyst Honiton, but there is a fee for it, so they prefer to park for free.

A resident of Roman Way, which is just 15m away over a hedge from the layby, said that they are facing anti-social behaviour ‘night and day’.

She said: “There are privacy issues as from their cabs, they can see into our residences, while the anti-social behaviour is disturbing out sleep. One lorry driver ‘entertained’ a female companion in his cab overnight and she left at 5.30am in the morning – this is the kind of behaviour we want to end.

“Some of the drivers urinate and use the hedge as a toilet, and they leave litter there which attracts vermin, and at night you get boy racers there and they play music and swear loudly.

“It is a real nuisance and causes health risks to us and our children. It doesn’t support the healthy town concept and for us as residents, the issues are very real. If you lived in our home and had this every day and night, you would realise the issues that we are facing at the moment.”

Mike Jones, Senior Devon County Council Traffic Officer, said that the laybys were on the road so lorry drivers do have a place to stop. He added that the road is a diversion route for the A30 and the road does need marshalling facilities and laybys are a useful thing to have, before saying: “I know this is not a popular thing to suggest, but the people who bought the houses bought them in full knowledge of the layby.”

But Cllr Richard Scott said that was an inappropriate argument to make, as it would be the same as saying if you bought a house next to a field, then it could never be built on. He said that if that argument was used, then Cranbrook itself would never have been built.

Cllr Phil Twiss said that he fully supported the laybys being closed to vehicles, but said that as a cyclist who used the road, those laybys are a handy little refuge to stop and have a drink or check tyres. He said: “I agree that we should close them, but officers need to go away and come up with a practical solution.”

The East Devon HATOC unanimously agreed that the two laybys, located on opposite sides of the highway alongside the B3174 at Cranbrook, approximately 100m west of Parsons Lane, be closed to vehicular use, either by the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order, or a different solution that the highways department could identify which meant moving the kerb line.”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/laybys-cranbrook-being-used-lorry-2303961

“More visible police resources for Cranbrook”… but … not yet!

“Cranbrook has been promised a police office in its future town hall development, and ‘more visible resources’ to tackle speeding and anti-social behaviour.

No decision has been made yet on a neighbourhood beat manager, but residents are being urged to report all incidents to help make the case for a stronger police presence.

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, attended Cranbrook Town Council’s meeting on Monday, November 19, with two senior police officers and two from the local area policing team, to hear residents’ concerns.

During the meeting, Ms Hernandez said she was ‘committed’ to having a police office in The Tillhouse when it is built – a statement that was welcomed by the town council.

She said the employment of a neighbourhood beat manager would not be achieved in the short term, but Cranbrook needs to keep providing evidence of the need for one.

“Encourage your community to report everything – if you don’t, it will be harder to fight for that resource,” she said.

“Reporting is really important. It is logged and it has a resourcing implication.”

The police officers present said even if they cannot attend a reported incident immediately, they need information about offenders from the local community so that they can take action at a later stage. …”

Cranbrook – no more unaffordable affordable homes or even affordable affordable homes?

“To date 10% of all homes at Cranbrook have been ‘affordable by design’ properties, whose maximum floor spaces have been limited by the terms of the existing S106 agreement. These are properties whose floor spaces have been below that which would normally be seen for two or three bedroom properties and which therefore have a lower open market value; they do not fall under the definition of affordable housing.

With a drive to improve people’s health and wellbeing at the town and lenders being increasingly reluctant to lend on the current terms of the S106 agreement, Officers consider it appropriate to cease the requirement for these houses to be delivered. A deed of variation to the S106 agreement is being progressed to deal with this matter.”

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/2702251/271118strategicplanningcombinedagenda.pdf

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