Three main roads in Cranbrook have been 'adopted' by Devon County Council for maintenance work

PUBLISHED: 14:38 06 November 2018

Burrough Fields, Cranbrook. Picture: Google Maps

Burrough Fields, Cranbrook. Picture: Google Maps

Picture: Google Maps

The county council will now be responsible for maintaining three of Cranbrook's main roads, and the town council will no longer have to empty the nearby litter bins

Younghayes Road, Cranbrook. Picture: Google MapsYounghayes Road, Cranbrook. Picture: Google Maps

Cranbrook residents and the town council have welcomed the news that Devon County Council is now responsible for maintaining some of the town’s roads.

The adoption of Younghayes Road, Burrough Fields and St Michael’s Way by the highways authority also means that East Devon District Council is now responsible for maintaining the surrounding footpaths, including emptying the litter bins.

Up until now, collecting the waste from these bins has cost Cranbrook Town Council around £12,000 a year.

Chairman Kevin Blakey said: “We haven’t done any road maintenance, because getting the roads up to the standard required for adoption has been a matter between Devon County Council and the developers. In any new development if they’re going to be adopted the developers have to get the roads up to an appropriate condition, and then they’re inspected by the county council and if they’re happy they say ‘yes we’ll adopt’.

St Michael's Way, Cranbrook. Picture: Google MapsSt Michael's Way, Cranbrook. Picture: Google Maps

“The only thing we’ve been obliged to pay for has been the litter bin emptying and this is about half the roads in Cranbrook, so I think we’d be saving about £12,000 a year, it’s money that won’t have to be paid by the town council.

“But we haven’t looked on this as a sudden bonanza. We’ve been expecting this during the course of this year, so it just forms part of our normal budget. And we are a significant way through the financial year so it’s not a full year’s saving, it might only be five or six thousand pounds in the remainder of this year, but ‘every little helps’ and it does free up a little bit of cash in the budget for next year that might be used for something else.”

Cranbrook Town Council announced the adoption of the roads on Facebook, attracting several comments from local residents.

One person described it as “excellent news” and another welcomed the prospect of the roads being gritted and surfaced, and having speed limits. Another resident said they hoped other roads including Tillhouse Road and Court Royal would also be adopted before too long.

Map of adopted roads. Picture: Crown copyright and database right 2018, contains Ordnance Survey data.Map of adopted roads. Picture: Crown copyright and database right 2018, contains Ordnance Survey data.

Some people have used the Facebook comments to express frustration that the process seems to be taking a long time.

Mr Blakey said: “I can understand people’s impatience, but because this is such an enormous development things do take time. It would be lovely if it could all be done yesterday, but the fact is that this is a 25-30 year project at least and nothing happens overnight.”

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