The Environs of Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells


January 2010 — Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, the former Holy Trinity Church, is surrounded by Trinity Garden,
the former burial ground and churchyard.
TWBC Parks Department looks after Trinity Grounds with its trees and many tombstones leaning against the stone walls enclosing the disused cemetery (Diocese of Rochester)

Trinity - Board of Directors with Peter Bulman, Chairman and Trinity - Staff with Stephen Mason, Chief Executive Officer

call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Questions — Trinity Garden could be 'the pride and joy' of the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

As the Government says: "Our open spaces, parks, streets, town centres, and village greens are great assets;
they form the heart of our communities; they should be places where we can all be proud and confident."
(July 2004)

? — Why does Trinity Theatre allow artists & technicians to park their cars at the rear of the building, not only on the wide path but on the lawn?
? — Why is it tolerated that irresponsible car owners/drivers abuse the grass area as car turning point or car parking area?
? — Why are no restrictions with regard to parking put in place although Tunbridge Wells Borough Council maintain Trintiy Grounds under the disused cemeteries act?
? — Why does Trinity Theatre not care about its environment, right in front of its doorsteps, although the land belongs to the Diocese of Rochester?
? — Why is no action taken against dog fouling at Trinity Garden after Tunbridge Wells Borough Council put up signs in the neighbourhood and at Trinity Garden giving a clear message that dog fouling will be prosecuted?
? — Why are there no benches available for residents or local employees from the nearby offices to contribute to the realm of Trinity and Environs?
? — Why is the space so uninviting, having only purely functional paths for people as a cut through?
?— Why, after having introduced a mega residential development (Telephone House site) and others in the neighbourhood to follow, is in our time a huge chunk of the surrounding land used only as a commercial car park?

. . . . . . all quite inappropriate for this historic central piece of land with its stone building by Decimus Burton and its commemoration 'magenta plaque' in honour of Canon Edward Hoare, Vicar of Holy Trinity and 'Protestant Pontiff of Tunbridge Wells', and all it has to offer towards a small park in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.



link to - Trinity's Story of Change and Development 1974 - 2001 Trinity's Story of Change and Development 1974 - 2001

link to - Holy Trinity Appeal - June 1976 Holy Trinity Appeal - June 1976

link to - The Value of Public Space - CABE July 2006 The Value of Public Space - July 2006

link to - Cemeteries and Churchyards - CABE Nov 2007 Cemeteries, Churchyards, Urban Burial Grounds - Nov 2007


We ask the Council to make sure that Trinity Ground and surrounding areas will remain an 'Open Space' in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - Nov 2005 Designation of Open Space: Environs of Trinity - November 2005

As part of the Community Plan Consultation we re-submit the proposal for the environments in Church Road / York Road - including Trinity Garden - and ask for the designation of 'Green Open Spaces'.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - June 2006 Designation of Green Open Space: Trinity & Environs - June 2006

As part of the Local Development Framework / Core Strategy Consultation we re-submit the proposal for the open space and environs of TRINITY and point out the need to identify specific areas which CANNOT be developed.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - March 2008 Trinity & Environs - March 2008

At the RTW Town Forum meeting: Master Plan for Royal Tunbridge Wells - RTW Town Centre Area Action Plan:
Trinity & Environs - an essential part of the cultural life of the area, the future of which needs to be secure, together with its important green setting and open spaces.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - March 2009 Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan: Trinity & Environs - March 2009

Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan and Allocations Development Plan Documents (as part of the Borough Council's Core Strategy / Local Development Framework which will gradually replace the adopted Local Plan) - Consultation:
Trinity/Trinity Garden & adjoining gardens/open spaces should not only be preserved as Green Open Space in the RTW Town Centre, but improved.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - June 2009 RTW Town Centre Area Action Plan: Trinity & Environs - June 2009

It was pointed out again to the Planning Inspector that neighbourhood centres need to be protected and enhanced to provide the range of cultural and leisure facilities that were needed - e.g. Trinity and Environs.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - Dec 2009 Neighbourhood Centres: Trinity & Environs - December 2009


Cars ruin Trinity Garden's lawn as car owners think Trinity Garden suits them as another car park

DECEMBER 2009 — another season for Trinity Garden.
This time 'they' have done even better in showing the lack of community pride!


Cars on Trinity Garden's lawn vandalised by car owners

DECEMBER 2008 — Protection of Trinity Grounds?
Why is parking on the lawn not stopped?


Trinity's staff parking habits

DECEMBER 2008 — Protection of Trinity Garden?
According to this poster Trinity Theatre & Art Centre staff is responsible for parking arrangements.


car owners destroy Trinity Garden's lawn

DECEMBER 2008 — Protection of Trinity Garden?
This is gross!


cars on Trinity Garden's lawn

DECEMBER 2008 — Protection of Trinity Garden? - Have the good intentions already been abolished?
Who encourages these people to abuse the garden?


a barrier is needed to prevent car owners using Trinity Garden's lawn for parking

APRIL 2008 — Protection of Trinity Garden
Fixing bollards to protect the lawn and the Environs of Trintiy as RTW Town Centre Amenity.


car owners do not care about Trinity Grounds, it's not their garden - March 2006

FEBRUARY 2008
Trinity Garden — 'We don't want to be told', 'It's not my garden anyway'.
Joy riding on the grass area!


Trinity Garden - TPO tree replaced - November 2007

NOVEMBER 2007 — Trinity Garden
With the support of the TWBC parks officer a Pinus nigra var martima, Corsican Pine,
has been planted near to the stump of the old Lawson Cypress
(felled on 15 March 2007, part of a TPO [tree preservation order] group of trees).


Cars on Trinity Garden's lawn

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — adhoc carpark on the former burial grounds.

Cars on Trinity Garden's lawn

Trinity Garden — Cars damage the lawn of the former cemetery land.

Cars on Trinity Garden's lawn

Trinity Garden — What have cars to do on a green open space?

car owners treat Trinity Grounds like their own car park - March 2006

MARCH 2006
Trinity Garden — Cars ruin the lawn. Stop parking/turning on the soft soil !


Car owner park on Trinity Garden's lawn not only during the day, but for Trinity Theatre's evening performance

Trinity Garden — What have cars to do on a green civic space?

March 2007 Sunday afternoon - Car Wash on Trinity Garden, Royal Tunbridge Wells

MARCH 2007 — Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre
Recently the staff has introduced a new play: 'Car Wash on Trinity Garden'


Trinity Poster Boards - March 2007

MARCH 2007
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — soiled poster boards would need scrubbing!

SUMMER 2008
cleaned


Skip at Trinity's Stage Door

Beginning DECEMBER 2006
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — Regardless of change of directorships (4 in last 10 years):
"same procedure as every year" ?
The month long public exhibition of 2 days clearing out. Where is the 'yard-manager'?


Trinity Garden - hedge

Trinity Garden — Is the work of the volunteers really of value?
Have a look at the hedge along the public footpath.


Listed Church Wall, tombstones and the composting problem

Trinity Garden — Let it rot! Who cares about listed cemetery walls, old tombstones or holly trees?

NOVEMBER 2006
With the support of the Parks Manager, TWBC, the compost heap is abolished.
Leaves are now stored in black bags and stacked around / behind the shed close to the west wall.
The compost is usually taken off after one year and used privately by volunteers.

No maintenance of listed railings

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — Why does Trinity not maintain the listed gates, railings and fences?

No maintenance of railings - March 2007

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — Why does Trinity not maintain the railings - neither heritage nor modern?

2007
painting of railing (wheelchair access) done.


Trinity Church Windows - any repair to close the holes?

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre —
DECEMBER 2006
Why is the glazier not called to repair the windows?

end of MARCH 2007
after the winter season - the repairs were done.


Trinity's noisy ventilation

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre —
Does this noisy ventilator, running day and night, meet environmental standard?


Trinity's noisy and shabby looking ventilation

FEBRUARY 2008
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre — ventilation: it just got worse!

January 2010
Even having accepted to do something about it, no changes and improvements.


No solutions found for Trinity's refuse bins

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre —
Detractors! Why are the bins not hidden in a dedicated area at the boundary wall to Hanover House?

Summer 2008
With the introduction of car parking fees (this bin area is now the new payment point)
the bins moved even closer to the public footpath.


Trinity's refuse bins

2007 Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre —
Another exhibition of Trinity Arts Centre's waste at the entrance?




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