1. Cranbrook needs Rammell Field as a community amenity
2. If it was left in Perpetuityfor the people of Cranbrook, then it should definately not be built on
3. This is an ideal opportunity to utilise this great space even further for the good of locals and visitors alike.rarely do communities have such an ideal space available to them, the possibilities should have the parish council buzzing with ideas!The housing requirements should concentrate on brownfield areas or infill plots in existing residential areas not paving over precious green areas.
4. Rammell Field must NOT be developed
5. I sincerely hope the Council will take on board the wishes of the Cranbrook residents. Cranbrook attracts many tourists who will generate income to the town and of course many, many tourists visit The Windmill and often walk on to admire the older properties and the countryside beyond.If Cranbrook School no longer wish to use Rammell Field for their school, perhaps the time has come to build a monument there for the fallen soldiers of WW1 and to use the field as a 'Village Green' continuing to promote community events and sporting activities which have been a highlight of Cranbrook over many many years. That in itself is an added memorial to those who gave their lives in a horrendous war for all of us.
6. Perpetuity means 'for ever'. Cranbrook School
should NEVER have sold this land, which was paid for and given to the school in
memory of those who fought to keep us safe and free from oppression. TW
Borough Council should respect this. It's also wonderful for all Cranbrook
residents to have easy access to a central 'green'.
7.Why do some associated with Cranbrook
School say that this is not a Memorial Field? I believe that it is important
for the school'sethos and the values it promotes, that it does not
tell its young people that the opportunity to earn money is more important than
keeping sacred promises.
8. The annual fair used to be a great attraction but i fear costs have risen too much to make a profit.There was an excellent little circus at Bumbles the other day, really too far away to attract the crowds it justified.Just two extra reasons to keep the field as a village green.The WW1 memorial in St Dunstan's has 104 names and a small wooden memorial to men from Hartley contains another 14 names - so 50% of the dead from Cranbrook were from Cranbrook School.
9. Before I moved away last May the school used the field regularly for rugby practice and the Rugby Club used it on Saturday mornings for quite some time.
10. I thinkthere'senough houses, in
Cranbrook, traffic is bad enough and dangerous, if we have a sports field you
can have a fete church fetes and it will raise some money for the clubs around
here, everybody will be happy
11. Cranbrook needs to preserve its open spaces
otherwise it will just become a built up urban town with serious trafficqueues
in an out of the high street. We still have no village hall and soon we won't
have any open spaces either.
12. Already far too much traffic in and out of the Frythe estate and the infrastructure for Cranbrook is at its maximum.
13. I believe the ownership of the Field is not clear and that Cranbrook School do not have the right to do as they please!
14. As an ex-serviceman I would be ashamed if the
memory of those who gave their lives be erased by changing the reason and
conditions for the use of the field.
15. Until my retirement in 2005 i was estate manager at Cranbrook School so i am well aware of all of the usage of the field over the last 40 or so years by the community
16. Outrageous that this can even be considered...surprised that the school doesn't understand or indeed respect the donation and the word 'Perpetuity'. I am sure that they make enough money elsewhere...would also be nice if they supported the local children...
17. Cranbrook's housing needs can be met by developing existing town centre brown field sites. To further develop a green field site would put further unnecessary pressure on an infrastructure already struggling to support transport, schooling, health care etc. We should be looking to provide a community centre to bring the people of Cranbrook who already live here together; not to divide opinion and cause anxiety and stress by imposing more unnecessary development on a field which was given to the town in memory of the brave people of the town who lost their lives serving their country.
18. I have lived in Cranbrook for thirty years not far from Rammell Field and have made use of this facility. To build houses on the Memorial Field shows the complete lack of respect to those who gave up their lives in the first world war and we are also approaching the 100th anniversary of the start to the Great War in 2014 so should we be allowing houses to be constructed on the Rammell Field?
19. As a child I used to watch my father play football at The Rammell Field, we would attend fetes and fun fairs here throughout my childhood. The field needs to continue in the same way it has done for many years, there is no other amenities that are accessible to Cranbrook residents as there is no community space. If it must be built on at all, build a community centre, with youth club. For the community & by the community.
20. I would just like to say that I think it is absolutely disgraceful that this War Memorial Field is being considered for development. The trustees have a duty to protect it and keep it for what it was intended, a War Memorial. This is morally wrong and this should not be allowed to happen, do the trustees have no respect for the young men that lost their lives in the 1st World War. They should be honoured forever, just as we honour our Young Men today that have lost their lives in Afghanistan.It is very worrying that the Parish Council has changed their minds on the Village Green Application, after saying that they were going to give it their full support back in October 2011. It makes you wonder about their loyalty to the Cranbrook Community, we should be able to trust them to do what is right for Cranbrook and the people of Cranbrook and to listen to what people have to say.
21. Allowing this field to turn into a housing estate would be very sad. It has so much more value as a sports and community field. There are so many brown field sites in Kent to exploit before we should starting destroying such valuable assets to the community.
22. The Rammell Field needs to be kept for the purpose it was generously left, and not squandered thoughtlessly by greed. The field is used by many many different groups throughout the year who would have no-where else to go. I'm sure Cranbrook school could open it up to more activities thereby attracting more rental.
23. It is difficult to understand how local authorities find it difficult to understand the meaning of the word perpetuity. I suggest councillors look at their dictionaries.