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).

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.

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

Cranbrook Town Council notes:

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:


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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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.”

Cranbrook gets police drop-in surgery – but only for a couple of hours a month

“A member of Cranbrook’s policing team will be available to meet in the foyer of the Younghayes Centre across the next two months, subject to availability.

Next month, an officer should be at the Younghayes Centre on Saturday, November 3, from 1pm to 2pm. They are planned to return on December 1 at the same place and time.

A spokeswoman for Cranbrook Town Council said: “Please do come and make use of these sessions, which will be a great opportunity to raise any concerns you might have and to meet local officers.”

Cranbrook Town Council has approached the chief constable to request a permanent neighbourhood beat manager. The authority has been dealing with several issues including anti-social driving and unruly behaviour at night.

Flybe not flying high

“Flybe is predicting it will make a loss of £12m this year.

The airline – which operates from Exeter, Guernsey and Jersey in the south west – made a £9.4m loss in the year ending 31 March 2018, and a £55.3m loss the year before.

The 2019 loss is based on predicted revenue which the board has “limited” visibility of so far.

The airline blamed “weakening” consumer demand, “higher fuel prices” and “weaker sterling”

The adverse effect of fuel prices and currency fluctuations was estimated by the company to be £29m.