26.05.02 - Letter to the Building Control Surveyor, TWBC - Daniel Bech

Daniel Bech, York Road, Tunbridge Wells

Patrick Arthur, Building Control Surveyor
Planning and Building Control Services, Town Hall
Tunbridge Wells

26 May 2002

Dear Mr Arthur

Re: Telephone House Demolition - Pavement slabs 6-14 York Road

I received your notification as owner/occupier. I enclose a copy of my letter to Mr John Haynes, Director of operational services (7.3.02). The answer of 20th March (RARH/SM/3001/C) was cobbled together by Highway Supervisor Richard Highgate who wishes to challenge the ownership of part of my property.

The point I raised seems to have been lost. I asked for a structural survey to be carried out, so that one can establish what load can go through this part of York Road, without causing damage to the listed terrace and the listed York Stone pavement slabs. I am sure that your department employs an engineer who has the facilities to have the calculation done.

I could arrange access to the cellars beneath the pavement if specialist equipment is needed to measure the structures of walls.

If you are able to confirm that heavy demolition and construction traffic will be banned from York Road, this would be seen as the most adequate approach.

Yours sincerely
Dr. D. Bech

27.05.02 - REPLY: Patrick Arthur, Building Control Surveyor, TWBC:

Dear Dr Bech


Telephone House - Church Road - Royal Tunbridge Wells - Kent - Demolition of building

I refer to your letter dated 26 May 2002.

The matters outlined in your letter fall outside the scope of Section 81 of the Building Act 1984. As such I have forwarded your letter to Mr R Highgate of our Highway Services and requested that he respond directly in respect of the issues raised.

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?

Correspondence of Residents and the Building Control Surveyor, TWBC

The Telephone House Neighbours Association informs on CALA Homes (South) Development:
CALA Group acquired the controversial planning permission for the high density development of Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1, Kent.