Letter to the Highway Manager, James Whitehorn, Tunbridge Wells Highway Unit

Annemarie Topliss
42 York Road
Tunbridge Wells
e-mail: twyorkroad@cs.com

James Whitehorn, Esq., Highway Manager
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells

17 November 2000

Western Area Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 18.10.2000
Application No TW/00/01474: Demolition of existing building and erection of
43 flats with basement level parking, Telephone House, Church Road, Tí Wells
Traffic Access to and Exit from the proposed above-mentioned Re-Development

Dear Mr Whitehorn

In the above meeting of the Western Area Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 18 October, I felt that there were points you may not have considered.

  1. Highways and Vehicular Access Map in the Feasibility Report

    In the Feasibility Report submitted by the applicant the highways and vehicular access routes were only partly shown.

    I enclose full area drawings, encompassing York Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Church Road, Inner London Road and London Road.

  2. Parking Spaces in the Vicinity of the Telephone House Re-Development

    Adjoining Church Road there are 328 parking spaces (including 76 behind the cinema with access to Church Road; but excluding Clarence Road residents). Vehicles from these parking spaces access Church Road from north and south going both east and west, ie with the flow of the traffic or crossing it. Why would the present 19 Telephone House parking spaces no longer be tolerated there?

  3. Traffic Flow around the Church Road / York Road Block

    I enclose a detailed study of the traffic flow around the Church Road / York Road block focusing on the following junctions:


    1 + 2 access from London Road to York Road
    3 + 4 London Road, Inner London Road and Church Road junction
    5 Mount Pleasant Road, Church Road and Crescent Road junction
    6 York Road, Mount Pleasant Road and Monson Road junction
    7 Access/Exit arrangements for Telephone House onto York Road

    So far there are no guarantees that residents and visitors to the proposed re-development will drive their vehicles to where the Highway Manager wants them.

    I would like to draw your attention to the penultimate page (Access/Exit Arrangements ...) concerning the questions raised there and look forward to receiving your reply.

    Yours sincerely

    Annemarie Topliss


    Rodney Stone, The Chief Executive, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
    Councillor L W A Price, Chairman of the Western Area Planning Committee

    Traffic and Parking in the Telephone House Area, Tunbridge Wells

    Memorandum / Statement of case by The Telephone House Neighbours Association