Exciting year for Cranbrook, says East Devon District Council leader
PUBLISHED: 06:55 17 January 2018
The leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC) has heralded a ‘healthy and active outlook for Cranbrook residents’.
In his new year message to the town – reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the next 12 months – Cllr Paul Diviani said he was ‘genuinely excited about 2018 in Cranbrook’.
Following on from Sport England’s recent announcement that Cranbrook had won significant funding – a share of £100m – to tackle inactivity in communities, Cllr Diviani said that the town can ‘look forward to an exciting year’.
He also mentioned increasing employment opportunities, including the launch last April of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, designed to boost jobs and attract businesses to Cranbrook and surrounding areas.
In addition, he flagged up the opening of Cranbrook’s first pub last May, saying it was ‘something the community had had on their wish list for quite some time!’.
And he also wished the readers of the Herald and those that live or work in Cranbrook a happy new year.
Cllr Diviani’s new year message in full
“I’m genuinely excited about 2018 in Cranbrook. Residents of East Devon’s newest town can look forward to an exciting year following Sport England’s recent announcement. Being selected to become a joint recipient of a multi-million pound award of Sport England funding is just great news. Together with Exeter, Cranbrook is one of only 12 areas to be chosen as a pilot to create healthier, more active communities, and we are up for the challenge.
“This announcement complements Cranbrook’s status as an NHS England ‘Healthy New Town’. Earlier this year , new ‘mood-boosting’ books were made available at Cranbrook Education Campus and in the Cranbrook Library to help people think about, and take steps to improve their health and wellbeing.
“In March , Cranbrook Education Campus students broadcast live online about key health topics affecting young people – as a way of exploring health and wellbeing issues which are important to them.
“We want to make it easy for people get out and enjoy the countryside. To help with this, work has started on a new ecology park, a community-built shelter and seating in the Country Park. These are all part of the plans to encourage people to get out and be active in their town, and help Cranbrook become a ‘beacon of best practice’ for families and friends being active together.
“In February , a new discovery trail was launched in the Country Park, designed to get people out and have fun by taking nature-themed brass rubbings from the five posts along the trail.
“In April , we launched the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone. It is designed to create an environment that boosts jobs and attracts businesses to the town centre, Exeter Science Park, SkyPark and Exeter Airport Business Park.
“A recruitment fair at the Younghayes Centre in August  gave local people the chance to find out about jobs at the now open Lidl Regional Distribution Centre, which is expected to employ around 500 people when working at full capacity.
“We all raised our glasses to mark the opening of Cranbrook’s first pub in May , something the community have had on their wish list for quite some time! The Cranberry Farm has created around 35 new jobs for local people, as well as acting as an important social meeting place for the town and surround villages.
“Cranbrook is still growing and this year  planning permission was granted for almost 300 new homes. The public consultation on plans to expand the town up to 8,000 homes with jobs, open spaces and community facilities has now closed. All the results will be compiled into a report which will be available on www.eastdevon.gov.uk/plancranbrook . The final version of the plan will be consulted on before it is amended and sent to the planning inspectorate for examination.
“It’s been really good to see so many residents taking an interest in the plans and I would like to thank everyone who has got involved and engaged in helping to shape their town.
“By the end of this year , sports pitches on land opposite the Grange Hotel on London Road, should be playable, and allotments should also be available.
“I would like to wish a very happy and healthy new year to readers of the Cranbrook Herald and everyone who live or works in Cranbrook.”