Correspondence with Nigel Eveleigh
regarding the proposed traffic arrangements for the Telephone House Development

Nigel Eveleigh, Esq
Planning & Building Control Services Manager
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells

24 November 2000

Dear Mr Eveleigh

Traffic in connection with the Telephone House Re-Development, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells

Please find enclosed a copy of my letter of 17 November and attached documentation I sent to the Highway Manager regarding traffic and parking in the Church Road, Mount Pleasant, York Road and Inner London Road / London Road area.

In anticipation of the two re-developments in Church Road, ie the Cinema block and Telephone House, I feel it would be appropriate for the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to carry out a study of the traffic flow in this centre part of town and detail it in a report.

This report should be made available to the public.

In order for the study to show up the true movement between the Cinema at one end and Jordan House at the other, Church Road needs to have four sensor points at which traffic flow is counted:

1 on both sides at the intersection of Mount Pleasant Road with Church Road, and

2 on both sides at the intersection of Inner London Road / London Road / Church Road

I would appreciate to know your reasons should you decide not to consider this request, but trust that you will find it a constructive suggestion which fits in well with the developments in Church Road in the short term and coincides with your planning ahead in view of the next Ten Year Plan for the Tunbridge Wells area.

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

The long awaited answer:

6 April 2001

Dear Ms. Topliss


I am very sorry for the long delay in replying more fully following my letter of 6 December 2000.

Unfortunately I have been absent on extended sick leave following an accident. I have now had the opportunity of discussing with the case officer the progress we are making with our preparations for the forthcoming Public Inquiry. I understand that further meetings have also been held with my officers following the meeting we had in my office in January.

The Borough Council is currently preparing a Draft Transportation Strategy, which will be published in the early summer in conjunction with the Draft Local Plan Review. A number of-traffic studies have already been carried out as a basis for those documents. The Borough Council is not in a position to commission further studies at this stage. It is intended that the Transportation Strategy, together with the Draft Local Plan, will be the subject of extensive public consultation and clearly this will provide an important opportunity for local residents and other interested groups to comment on the Council's proposals and its ideas for the Town Centre.

Yours sincerely
Nigel Eveleigh
Head of Planning & Building Control Services

January 2003 - Interactive Map of the area of the Telephone House Development,
explaining the traffic flow around the Church Road / York Road Block in Tunbridge Wells

Back to Kevin Wilkinsonís speech - Public Inquiry May 2001
Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells