Daniel Bech, York Road, Tunbridge Wells
Richard Highgate, Highway Supervisor
Tunbridge Wells Highway Unit, Town Hall
20 March 2002
Dear Dr Bech
York Paving 6-14 York Road Royal Tunbridge Wells
I refer to your letter of 7 March 2002 to John Haynes concerning protection of the York stones in York Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
I would like to correct you on one point. The York paving slabs are part of the highway and, therefore, maintained at public expense. Your Deeds show that you own out to the kerb line and this is because of the cellars under the footway.
When it was first known that a developer was interested in Telephone House a discussion took place between the Conservation Architect and Highways concerning the possible damage to these York paving slabs. It was decided, at that time, that two bollards would be placed at each end of the York stones and bulk timbers (railway sleepers) placed in the kerb line with hand rail and cones built on them would be sufficient to protect the stones from occasional or accidental 'driven over' damage. We did look at a number of other ways to protect the stones but there was no cast-iron guarantee that these ideas would be any better or more effective.
This work will take place before any major demolition works and will remain on site for the duration of works.
If you require any further information or clarification of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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