East Devon District Council (EDDC) has just released the results of the latest annual survey (the 4th) which show East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook has continued to remain happy overall during the past 12 months and that 87% of residents think Cranbrook is a good place to live. The results show community spirit and friendly people continue to make Cranbrook special and that people are moving from Exeter, East Devon and the wider county to make the new town their home.
Last winter residents responded to questions in the annual Cranbrook Community Questionnaire, devised by East Devon District Council with input from a range of organisations involved in the growing town. As well as the Cranbrook Community Questionnaire for adults, the Cranbrook Young People Questionnaire was also sent out to Cranbrook’s young people.
The headline results reveal that 87% of residents would recommend Cranbrook as a place to live and that 47% of people had moved to Cranbrook from Exeter, 20% from elsewhere in East Devon and 14% from wider Devon.
Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council said: “Each year I find the results of the Cranbrook survey fascinating. These show that we are providing homes that local people want and need within an environment that provides for a high quality of life. Last year, residents were looking forward to a post office and a play area at Hayes Square, both of which are now open and a pub, which will be open very soon.
“I’m very proud of the continued progress being made in both providing new homes and economic growth, especially with the recent opening of the Enterprise Zone which includes Cranbrook town centre. We are really looking forward to the next 12 months.”
Best of Both Worlds
People mainly moved to Cranbrook as it is close to Exeter but still in the countryside, seeing it as an opportunity to have a brand new home, they could afford to buy for the first time and it being close to their place of work. The services and facilities that are most wanted in Cranbrook are (in order); a leisure centre, a swimming pool, a gym, more local shops, Post Office (which has subsequently opened on 27 February after the survey had closed) and a big supermarket. These are very similar to last year’s comments, apart from the desire for a pub which featured in the 2015 wish list. As Cranbrook’s first pub, the Cranberry Farm is set to open after Easter.
Questions related to health and wellbeing, travel and outdoor activity will help to inform the development of policy and activities for Cranbrook becoming a ‘healthy new town’.
The questionnaire was devised by East Devon District Council with input from Devon County Council (Travel Devon and Public Health), Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Team, Cranbrook Town Council and Cranbrook’s Community Development Worker at Action East Devon. EDDC donated time and resources to analyse the results using specialist software and paid for the printing, return envelopes, postage and additional officer time.
Paper copies of both questionnaires were delivered to all the occupied households in Cranbrook with a pre-paid return envelope. Residents also had the option of completing them online. 280 copies of the Cranbrook Community Questionnaire and 72 copies of the Cranbrook Young People’s Survey were returned.
In the Cranbrook Young People’s Questionnaire they felt the best things about living in Cranbrook were the friendly people, their friends and the community. The things they didn’t like were the bad behaviour of some children and young people and that there’s not enough to do in Cranbrook. 83% said they felt part of the community, whereas last year this was only 43%.
A summary of the full results of both questionnaires are available online at: