Tonbridge and Malling Green Party have made an innovative suggestion for pedestrianising Tonbridge High Street: bring the markets back into the centre of town and begin the process of reinvigorating not only the High Street put the town as a whole. Dr Hazel Dawe explains:
“We have consulted with and listened to the concerns expressed by members of the public and have developed our plans for pedestrianisation accordingly. This now entails full pedestrianisation from Avebury Avenue (next to the Station roundabout) up to Bradford Street. We would also like to see the construction of canopies over the entrances of both The Pavilion and Angel Walk to create a new all-weather area for market stalls. The pedestrianised area would still allow for emergency vehicle access and deliveries between designated times.
“If this area was closed to traffic then both the weekly Saturday Market and the monthly Sunday Farmers’ Markets could be held in the High Street. This would increase footfall in the High Street benefitting both the market traders and the shopkeepers of Tonbridge. Buses would be able to bypass this short stretch of road easily via Vale Road exiting back onto the High Street at Medway Wharf Road.
“We believe that these proposals will go a long way to addressing the ongoing problem of air pollution at the southern end of the High Street and begin to set the seeds for a truly attractive and viable town centre.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe on 079444 71083 and 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1XF.