“Freezing home forces disabled Cranbrook mum to be separated from her young twins”

Is this the district heating? Not a good ad for Eon or Cranbrook …

“A young disabled mum with 15-month-old twins has told how the dream of finally moving into a permanent home in Cranbrook – after being rehoused four times since they were born – has turned into a nightmare.

Amber Owen-Jones has not seen her children for five days because they are having to live with her mother in Somerset as their new ‘freezing’ two-bedroom housing association property has no hot water or heating.

Last Friday, the 19-year-old and her partner Michael Korth, 21, picked up the keys to their new home and say that when they realised not all the utility services were working, a LiveWest employee notified energy provider Eon by emailing them their tenancy agreement to get a new account set up. …

However, they say they were told someone won’t be coming until today, October 30, and no time was confirmed.

Amber said: “Eon were refusing to turn our hot water and heating on. The house is absolutely freezing.

“My children even had blue feet as we have no carpets. Eon kept saying they will sort it out on Wednesday, but it’s not acceptable. …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/freezing-home-forces-disabled-cranbrook-3478804

DevonLive’s best misleading headline yet! “Cranbrook will get its town centre within years”


NOT the design – just a warning!

The headline appears above an article which suggests that Cranbrook developers will now get away with financing “one multi-use building” (cheap) instead of the larger number of (more expensive) single-use buildings they were supposed to construct!

The part of the article not reproduced is the second half where DCC councillors (including former EDDC Leader Sarah Randall-Johnson) desperately try to pretend this is good news.

“… The multi-purpose building would provide flexible space for children’s, youth, adult and library services with potential use for public health and highways services, as well as space for the town council.

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 facilities no later than June 10, 2021.

The existing planning agreement also requires them to provide town council offices in the town centre by June 2021, and youth facilities and a library when the 3,450 home is occupied, currently expected to be in 2025.

Devon County Council’s cabinet on Wednesday morning though unanimously agreed to try and renegotiate the agreement so that the multi-purpose building can be built, and subject to funding, should be complete within the next two years.

It would be built on land that is supposed to be the town centre, but currently remains an empty green space.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert, cabinet member for economy and skills, said that bringing forward the delivery of the library and the youth services would provide the town with the services that it needed. He added negotiations were still ongoing, but he enthusiastically welcomed the move, saying: ”
“The existing agreement is for these key services – the library, youth and a children’s centre facilities – to be built over the next two to six years.

“But 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.

“We believe that our proposed integrated community facilities building in Cranbrook’s town centre is the best way to provide these required facilities.

“It would allow residents to benefit sooner, and give us greater control over the design and delivery of the facilities.” …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/cranbrook-town-centre-within-years-3414376

Cranbrook: one multi-purpose DCC building triggered – maybe, if money available

But no plans for anything else.

“If all goes to plan the community facilities building will include a flexible space for children’s, youth, adult and library services with potential use for public health and highways services, as well as town council working space.

The building could be completed within two years, if funding is secured.

The trigger point for the provision of the children’s centre facilities – 2,000 homes being occupied – has been met which means the Cranbrook consortium of developers have to construct the children’s centre facilities no later than June 10, 2021.

The existing planning agreement also requires them to provide town council offices in the town centre by June 2021, and youth facilities and a library when the 3,450th home is occupied, currently expected to be in 2025.

But council officers are recommending the agreements be renegotiated so that a multi-purpose building can be built.

Nearly 2,000 homes in the new town are currently occupied and while the town has a primary school, an allthrough school, a multi-purpose building with GP surgery space and a train station, the only building that has been provided in the town centre is a the pub Cranberry Farm.

Other facilities such as additional town centre shops and a food store are commercially led and will likely only come when there are more people living in the town. There are no fixed timescales for when it may happen. …”

https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/tow-centre-community-building-plan-at-cranbrook-revealed-1-6302771

“District bosses accused of neglecting Cranbrook – but they say authority faces its own finanical pressures”

“The district council has been accused of neglecting its duties to support Cranbrook compared to other towns across East Devon.

In two letters sent to East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) deputy CEO, Richard Cohen, Cranbrook Town Council chairman Les Bayliss urged the authority to integrate Cranbrook and provide it with the same level of support it gives other towns. Cllr Bayliss said: “If Cranbrook is to continue to flourish, the community needs the district council’s investment.”

The town council has asked EDDC to help cover sizeable ground maintenance costs for Cranbrook’s country park.

Cllr Bayliss said a ‘substantial’ amount of council tax in Cranbrook – which is the fifth-highest tax in England out of more than 10,000 parishes – goes towards maintaining the green space. Cllr Bayliss said the maintenance costs are in the region of £200,000 per annum, adding: “It is clearly unfair that the cost burden is carried by Cranbrook taxpayers alone.”

The town council has also demanded the district council provides 500m² of commercial space in Cranbrook’s eagerly-awaited town centre. Cllr Bayliss said: “The development of [the] town centre in Cranbrook has not commenced to date, despite discussion among various partner organisations for many years.”

However, in a letter in response to the concerns, EDDC CEO Mark Williams blamed the district council’s own financial difficulties it faces in the short to medium-term future for its perceived lack of support.

He said: “It will increasingly be the case that communities will have to expect to fund their own assets as principal councils are fundamentally compelled by the Government to focus on statutory services.”

Mr Williams also dismissed the town council’s request for help funding the country park maintenance cost.

He said: “Representatives of our countryside service held extensive discussions with Cranbrook Town Council on a management plan that we initially submitted to [Cranbrook] Consortium with our proposals and costs associated with managing and adopting the country park… I assume that in seeking transfer of the land to the town council, you will have assessed the cost of managing and maintaining the land and reflected this in the precept amount you are charging your residents.”

https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/cranbrook-funding-request-to-eddc-1-6298803

What happened to the “Cranbrook Herald” newspaper?

There was a newspaper and an e-newspaper, now there seems only to be minimal Twitter and Facebook pages? Searching the Archant website produces nothing.

Is there a newspaper? If not when and why did it cease? Where do the people of Cranbrook get their local news now?

EDDC CEO Mark Williams at loggerheads with Cranbrook Town Council

Unfortunately, the photographs of the correspondence do not copy well, so go to the Cranbrook Town Council website to read (Owl has taken poor but hopefully legible on this site copies should they disappear)

https://www.facebook.com/cranbrooktowncouncil/
Post dated 18 September 2019 at 14.26

A taster …

Council letter

Williams letter:

Battle lines drawn!