I reported a few weeks ago that the chief executive of Leisure East Devon, Peter Gilpin had written a letter to East Devon District Council worried about a lack of facilities.
Currently, Cranbrook is proposed to have just one badminton court as its total sports facilities for the town.
I wrote to EDDC leader, Cllr Paul Diviani a few weeks ago highlighting the parking problems at Colin Tooze Sports Centre.
Ottery St Mary Town Council has now done the same after I raised the issue at June’s full council meeting.
Clerk, Judith Reynolds states in her letter: “Ottery St Mary Town Council wishes to express its serious concern that insufficient provision of leisure facilities at Cranbrook, will lead to a significant increase in users of the Colin Tooze Sports Centre, with the potential for major problems in additional vehicles using the access road and parking facilities, which are already overstretched.”
Senior councillors at EDDC have repeatedly claimed that Cranbrook will grow to the size of Honiton. Certainly, in the current Local Plan period (until 2026) Cranbrook is due to grow to a size of 6000 dwellings, with plans to expand further after this date.
Mr Gilpin has pointed out to EDDC that unless this provision is increased, Colin Tooze centre at Ottery St Mary, will have impossible parking problems – even worse than they currently are – which is difficult to imagine, with double parking and blocking cars already a daily headache for staff.
The site is shared by the Kings School and students are continually walking to lessons, increasing the danger of an overcrowded car park.
EDDC’s cabinet is said to be looking into the issue.
Photograph: The multi-purpose building at Cranbrook, where the sports provision is to be based.